Taut, styish, and smart ...Rating: 2 likes, 6 dislikes
This is a remarkable series, richly dramatic and with one of those "twists" that lends an added element to each of the stories. Clive Owen is quite a powerful character as Ross Tanner, a hard drinking, hard boiled detective with a knack for solving some of the most difficult crimes. Unfortunately, he's cursed with a rare disorder causing him to go permanently blind. We watch Tanner's painful struggle as he attempts to keep this news to himself, relying ever higher on his other senses compensating for his loss of vision. He keeps everyone at bay, including his ex-wife and partners. Eventually, of course, those closest to him are onto the situation but everyone plays along as best they can - at least for as long as they can.
Owen's is one of those "must see" performances and he makes Tanner a character both irascible and likable - not an easy accomplishment.
The mysteries of the crimes are fairly standard British "Mystery" which means they are always a notch or two above American crime dramas. In addition to the mystery aspect, we get to know and like (or loathe) a number of fascinating characters that make up the cast.
Second Sight is a worthy series that didn't get enough attention Stateside, but makes for some highly watchable television.
Review posted on Sunday, March 4th 2007 at 8:30 pm