Thursday, August 5, 2010

Australian Television: City Homicide, Episode 4.5 "Ratters"

City Homicide
Season Four, Episode Five, Ratters
Original Air Date:  August 4, 2010

A young man who works for the coroners office is murdered while he and his partner stop for a coffee on the way back to the morgue with a body and the body is stolen.  Things go from strange to chilling when the detectives delve deeper into the murdered man and the goings on at the coroners office.  While Jennifer and Nick focus on the coroner's office, Ally and Duncan do the legwork on the victim and his extracurricular activities.

Episodes like this is why I love City Homicide so much.  The stories are always so unique and driven by strong and interesting characters and this one is no exception.

Hic locus est ubi mors gaudet succurrere vitae:  This is the place where death rejoices to help the living.

While most everyone in the coroners office respects the solemn task they are entrusted with on a daily basis, some do not.  This episode focuses on those who, for whatever reasons known to them, have chosen to not extend that respect.

I found this episode to be a bit sad.  Every single one of the secondary characters was deeply flawed or tormented by something.  Call it desperation, insanity, depravity...whatever you want.  I think I felt the worst about was James Boyd, the morgue director.  I genuinely felt sorry for him.  He had suffered the greatest loss a parent can suffer and he felt that what he was doing was right even though it definitely wasn't.  I can't rationalize what he did but I did feel for him with the loss he'd suffered.

Ally Kingston keeps proving herself as a tough, no-nonsense kind of gal.  She clearly doesn't like or trust the money advance guy in this episode.  I find it more than a bit amusing when she sets her sights on someone.  She refuses to give up and keeps going until she gets her man.  She sugar coats nothing and calls it like she sees it.  I like her style.

Next weeks episode looks set to deliver some fireworks.  Who is the turncoat amongst the team? 

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