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A. O'Leary Says, in 1-22-2010 at 07:48:16 from     

Sure the acting and the direction are adequate (Robson Green is a charismatic screen presence) — certainly a cut above most American TV crime fare. Alas, the story lines in this series are so contrived and improbable that they completely dispell the illusion of close-to-the-bone realism this show tries to project. I watched 3 installments of this series and each time I was struck by the lack of authenticity in the characters, their motivations, actions (and reactions)– beneath the “gritty” veneer, these characters are paper-thin and implausible (particularly the criminals). Creeghan’s tendancy to vigilantism is disturbing, yet fails to convince (I mean the guy’s a walking liability, a loose cannon obviously in need of psych-leave) The whole production emits a subtle, yet palpable air of manipulation, sensationalism & pretense. Want to see a truly gritty — and thoroughly human — British crime series? Watch “Prime Suspect” and skip these.
Rating: 2 / 5

cosmo Says, in 1-22-2010 at 10:30:42 from     

this is the best cop drama i haver seen, it’s dark with out beeing depresing, and totaly involving.

Rating: 5 / 5

R. F. Leite Says, in 1-22-2010 at 12:39:52 from     

As great as Wire in the Blood. Robson Green is also amazing in the police detective Creegan character. Another British series that focuses on the psychological side of characters in a superb way, catching you atention so quickly that you can see one episode after the other with no brake. This first Touching Evel episodes grabed my interest so quickly that I will buy the next two.
Rating: 5 / 5

Edward A. Dimmer Says, in 1-22-2010 at 15:27:42 from     

Ten beyond darkness. I’ve set up the first episode of ‘Touching Evil 1 – The Lost Boys’ – in my player. I’ll probably watch the opening credits by eleven pm to see who Inspector Dave Creegan is. I’ve left one city – Twin Peaks – waking up somewhere in England for something that I’ve already decided has to be the next step beyond where I was yesterday. I’m sure that this series has something to do with my life or I wouldn’t have been brought to it?

‘Touching Evil 1’s lead character – Dave Creegan? I like him. A man of dark currents who’s personnal life is a complete mess; but, he manages to function professionally in his job as crime investigator.

Well? Sometimes things happen that cross into his personnal life that take his professional life on a side road that might be inappropriate. But. That makes his vulnerabilities a unigue defense when he steps into that darkness of depraved souls who lurk in places outside humanity / compassion / human soul!

-Touching Evil is very methotical / slow moving / observant / voyeuristic-You get to be in another man’s controversy / contridiction / confusion / resolution / reflection I’ve only gotten thru episodes 1 and 2 of session one

The Lost Boys – Creegan tracking down the killer of children

To Death and Back – Mercy Killings of Terminally Ill patients / revelations of his own death Intrigued / caught up in soul stealing mysterys of another man’s life! – can’t wait to get to

– episode 3 tomorrow night –

‘ ‘What Amathus Wants ‘

This is a compelling series that won’t let you sleep until

the final chapter

Rating: 5 / 5

Thomas Paul Says, in 1-22-2010 at 17:24:35 from     

4 stars for the program.

1 star for DVD features.

“Touching Evil” is the story of Detective Inspector Dave Creegan (Robson Green) who returns to the Organized and Serial Crime (OSC) Unit after recovering from a bullet wound to the head. Creegan’s injury as changed him in unpredictable ways but his boss wants him back because he is a genius at getting into the mind of serial killers. Creegan and his partner, D.I. Susan Taylor (Nicola Walker), investigate the most serious crimes in England including a serial killer of children. The show was originally broadcast on British television in 1997 and was more recently shown in the US on PBS’s program, Mystery. USA Network produced their own short-lived version of the show in 2004.

The show is much less violent and more thoughtful than we are used to on American television. It is also very stylish in its way. Using dark sets and odd lighting it creates a strange and uncomfortable mood. Robson Green is excellent in the lead roll. He has intense blue eyes and rugged good looks and makes himself completely believable as the detective who can concentrate on his job while his personal life crumbles. Creegan is a loner forced to work with a partner who can’t trust him. The other members of the OSC aren’t sure if the Creegan is as sane as the man they once knew.

The first episode deals with Creegan’s return to OSC and his investigation of several young boys who have been kidnapped and left in an airtight room to suffocate. The kidnapper has left a broadcast camera so he can watch them die. Creegan and Taylor have to crack the case before it is too late. The second episode deals with a serial killer of hospital patients and realistically deals with Creegan’s own demons of having come back from the dead in the ER the night he was shot in the head. The two episodes are excellent and the script and the acting are perfect. The two episodes move along well but also concentrate on developing believable characters.

The third episode was a big disappointment. An attempt to bring cyber-space into a story line, it suffers from being written in 1997 by writers who don’t quite understand cyberspace. The killer is completely unbelievable as computer whiz or as a psychological manipulator of teenagers. For example, the police arrive at the college where they suspect the criminals are and demand that all students be given user id and passwords to get into the computer system. Amazingly, the very next day every student has a new computer id. Even the reason for the initial police investigation isn’t quite believable as the crime that has been committed is horse mutilation. The character of the killer is completely undeveloped and we never get a chance to discover who he is or why exactly he is committing these crimes. I found this the weakest of the stories.

Throughout the episodes there are dark scenes designed to provide a mood. To some extent this works but sometimes (especially in the last episode) it interferes with the story by being so “in your face”. For example, the offices where the detectives work are always dark. I find it hard to believe that someone could read a file or do some paperwork in these offices. An interview room will be a large dark room with a small reflective table in the middle. A single spotlight will shine onto the table and provide reflecting light onto the faces of those around the table. This might be good for cool looking cinematography but it isn’t really believable. Another scene in the offices has red light shining through a window onto the face of one of the detectives while the office itself is lit only by one small spotlight. Dust is floating everywhere so light is always tempered by what looks like dust or smoke. This episode feels very badly overstaged.

But that is only one clinker out of three and the others discs are most certainly worth the price of admission. The DVD’s themselves are of good quality but have no special features. There is no commentary or interviews. The episodes appear on the DVD exactly as they appeared on the Mystery TV program so each 2 hour episode is broken into two 1 hour programs. This means that at the end of the first hour there are closing credits and then opening credits of Mystery followed by Diana Rigg’s introduction which in some cases gives more of the episode away than I would have liked. It would have been much better if they had been edited so that it was possible to watch the episodes without the break.

Rating: 4 / 5

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