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Surprise Detective |  A good nautical thriller as there are in Scandinavia

Surprise Detective | A good nautical thriller as there are in Scandinavia

Surprising detective It lives up to its name very well. it's great. And it's gripping.


This was my detailed review of Club illico's latest series, thank you, bye.

Silly gag aside, it really should be added Surprise Detective: The Girl with the Stone Eyes, that's its full name, to the list of programs you'll be watching soon. Especially if you like Scandinavian thrillers, where vile crimes rock isolated communities suffering from extreme weather.

Adapted from the first seven novels by Jean Lemieux, Surprising detective It takes us to the Magdalen Islands, in the low season, when cold rains and violent winds sweep through the archipelago of 12,000 people.

Think about the visual style and spirit of the camera Broadchurch With its steep cliffs, mysterious fog and suspicions targeting a different suspect from episode to episode.

On the municipal beach, a woman discovers the body of Rosalie Richard (Melia Corbel Gauvreau), 19, daughter of the mayor of Cap-au-Mule, Romeo Richard (Jean-François Pichet). The body lies on its stomach, its wrists tied behind its back. A large projectile was placed in the mouth of the victim, who was seen yesterday in a local bar.

The killer (or murderer?) carefully staged this horrific scene. But how and why?

This is where Detective Sergeant Andre Surbrenan (the wonderful Patrick Hevon) appears, who begins the investigation. Insomniac, a father of two teenagers tormented by his past (who isn't in a thriller?), this atypical cop resembles, at first glance, the archetype of the tough, stubborn, uprooted detective who inhabits the worlds of prolific writers like Jo Nesbo or Aki Edwardson.

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but not. Our detective sergeant Andre Surprenant, halfway between Louise Penny's Armand Gamache and Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander, is an upright, committed man who is having a hard time leaving his job. We quickly realize that he doesn't work in the Magdalen Islands because of his love of postcard views and fresh seafood. The detective surprisingly committed a serious crime while working in the major crimes division of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) in Montreal. Ostracized by his police colleagues, he lived in exile on the islands with his family for three years.

At the SQ station in Cap-aux-Meules, André Surprenant will approach young agent Geneviève Savoie (Catherine Brunet), who shows more initiative and resourcefulness than her lazy, overworked or incompetent companions, played by Mikhail Ahuja and Nicolas Fontaine. And Patrick Goyette.

Since no murders have ever occurred on the Île de la Madeleine, the SQ's top men arrive there, including Chief Inspector Sébastien Gingras (Patrice Godin), who knew André Surpreant before his purgatory in the Maritimes. This character, described as a diva and a fool, will obviously clash with the character of Surprenant, who still holds the title of traitor to SQ. You will understand why from the third episode.

Image from Surprise Detective

Patrick Hevon and Catherine Brunet

Quebec television is full of investigative series, either Reasonable doubtlAlerts or Secret classifiedas well as all others that rely heavily on police investigations, including Innocence Project, STAT, Indefensible, With a beating heart, 5H Rank And even Witches. Surprising detective It stands out primarily for its format: six episodes and one presto, we solve this complex problem.

Also, the entire miniseries was filmed on the Magdalene Islands, a change from the urban areas and the police sirens constantly wailing in the background.

to compare, Surprising detective Exceeds Victor Lessard It navigates the same turbulent waters as the first season mistakethe best, another production from Videotron's Club illico.

Back in Cap-aux-Meules, the SQ keeps smuggler Julien Cormier (Maxime Genois, a suspicious postman in… Witches). Cormier supplies the village with gunpowder and has already visited the rebellious Rosalie, who owes him lots and lots of money.

Numerous other minor characters enrich the dense plot, including the doctor and forensic pathologist Bernard Samoiset (Hubert Proulx), his psychiatrist wife (Nathalie Dumarre), the lieutenant of the detachment Cap-au-Mole (Marie-France Marcotte), as well as Longupé (Sylvain Vigneault). The owner of the bar where all the residents of the place celebrate.

Some little things come in Surprising detective, but nothing shocking. The level of play between the Montreal actors and the so-called local actors causes some phase shifts in important scenes. Many mumbled or poorly pronounced lines are also lost in the ambient noise. But nothing makes us stop watching TV or crave it.

Yes, Surprising detectivewhose second season has not yet been confirmed, offers us a well-known recipe. On the other hand, the way the ingredients are prepared and presented will please the judges Master Chef Quebec. It's nice, it's good, it's devoured on the weekend and you finish your plate very quickly, hoping there's a portion left on the stove.