The Commander – Set One (Acorn Media)
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C- Episodes: C+
police procedural is becoming played out on both sides of the ocean and The Commander – Set One is one of the
oddest entries yet. From Prime Suspect creator Lynda La Plante,
the show stars Amanda Burton as the title character, who has become the top
female investigator in all of New Scotland Yard. Claire Black has not found it easy to get
where she is and there are those who for many reason would like to see her
backslide, but she intends to do what she can to continue to succeed.
off the bat, these four telefilms start off awkwardly and become less and less
believable as they go on. In the pilot Entrapment, she becomes seduced by a
potential serial killer! By Virus, it is a tabloid matter and the
subplots keep piling on in a way that is counterproductive. By Blackdog
and Blacklight, this was like
watching a train wreck that was never going to recover. Though it is done professionally and has some
money and talent involved, it is maybe the oddest of the cycle yet and only for
the most interested.
letterboxed 1.78 X 1 image is on the soft side, but also seems more manipulated
digitally than many such shows. The
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is a good recording but has no Pro Logic surrounds or
distinct character. Extras include interviews,
a supporting cast featurette and text bios on La Plante and Burton.
- Nicholas Sheffo