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Low Winter Sun – S1, Ep. 1 – “Pilot”

I honestly can’t believe that I’m being sucked in by yet another cop drama. Regardless of what it was about, there were a few things about Low Winter Sun that had me committed before I watched a minute of the show. First, AMC produces winners. There is no disputing this fact. It would be easy to argue that the network has put out some of the best television in recent years. Two of my own personal favorites come from AMC (The Walking Dead & The Killing) with a couple of others that you may have heard of before (Mad Men & Breaking Bad). This automatically leads me to think that Low Winter Sun will be worth watching.

In addition to AMC’s credentials, the cast looked great. Specifically, Mark Strong and Lennie James. I’ve liked Strong in the film roles I have seen him in the past. His roles in Kick-Ass and Sherlock Holmes come to mind. What I was most excited about, though, was Lennie James. I’ll be honest, I’ve only seen the guy in one role prior to this, but I thought that he was unbelievable in it. Of course I’m referring to James’ portrayal of Morgan in The Walking Dead.  Only two episodes worth of James’ work on TWD was enough to get my buy-in.

Now, let’s actually discuss the show. I really liked the way that it started off. Anyone that has seen a commercial for the show will know that Frank Agnew (Strong) and Joe Geddes (James) decide to murder a fellow police officer.  Surprisingly enough, this is the very first thing that we see. I was a little taken back by this, but it ultimately helps to lead the show in a bit of a different direction than what I was expecting.

What makes this interesting is that it doesn’t look like it’s going to be as simple as Agnew and Geddes committing the murder and then trying to live with it while we slowly find out their motives. Rather, there seems to be a lot more layers to what has actually transpired between the two cops, as well as many of the people around them. Truthfully, I expected the show to be a lot more cut and dry, but I don’t think we’ll be getting that. I expect that we will have our fair share of twists as the season progresses. Don’t get me wrong – this is definitely a surprise that I can live with, it’s just something I wasn’t completely expecting.

Although there is a level of uncertainty with where this show will head, I think there is one thing we can all count on. That one thing would be strong performances from both Strong and James. If “Pilot” is an indication as to what we can expect, I we’re in good hands. Even if the show happens to stumble a bit as it carries on, these two will be there to keep it above water. I’m really excited to see where they take us this season.

 Score: 8/10

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