September 19th, 2010

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Character of the Month: DS Matt Devlin

Title: Law & Order: UK - Episode 1x13/2x6, "Honour Bound"
Original Airdate: September 3, 2009 (Canada); February 15, 2010 (UK)
Availability: DVD (Region 1 and Region 2)

Synopsis: I'm pretty sure most of you reading this comm have seen at least some of L&O:UK so far, even if you need to catch up on the first 13 episodes. ;) Still, in case anyone is in the dark: Matt Devlin is a London police detective. He's Irish Catholic, he's idealistic and by-the-book. He's charming, occasionally a little hot-headed but deeply principled. He loves his job, and he and partner Ronnie Brooks are rather like family. Oh, and he's kind of staggeringly beautiful. I mean, look at him up there. Phwoarrr. (And what is the show about? Oh, I know I don't have to tell you that.)

This is the first of Jamie's major roles to land in the monthly spotlight so rather than working with just a single appearance to recap, we have to choose an episode. For now, even though the Series 3 eps so far have been fantastic and Matt's big S3 episode airs Sept. 30th, without that one to go on I'm recapping one of his bigger episodes to date, written by former showrunner Chris Chibnall - heavy on the Matt/Ronnie rapport, recounted from a Devlin-centric point of view, and with emphasis on the pretty, pretty close-ups. You will enjoy (I hope). ;)

Worth Watching?: OH YOU BETCHA. In general, I've never been an overwhelming fan of procedural shows, but the creative team on L&O:UK have done a wonderful job of adapting an American institution both trans-culturally and qualitatively. The scripts are smartly adapted and the cast are so, so good. (I know, we're biased in Jamie's case. But Bradley Walsh... OMFG, Bradley Walsh!) This episode is one of the best of the first thirteen.

Does he live or die?: Seeing as how we've been promoting the hell out of Series 3 with a fair amount of squee lately, what do you think?! Of course he lives. Yeah, I know, it's Law & Order... you never know when there's going to be a shocking twist, but thankfully that'd be a bit too shocking this time. CHUNG CHUNG!


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