Realistic investigation struggles. Now cop stuff, plus personal issues with MIT racing to solve crime. It explodes with pace and intrigue making 4 thriller episodes filled with police action, raids, chases and arrest struggles. False leads, new suspects, and dead ends cause this team to dig in the London sewer fringe. DI Trevor (Michael McKell) is promoted to Gov while DS Rosie (Lindsey Coulson) is upgraded too. DS Purvis (Richard Hope) is the 3rd cop back. Other regulars are new to the series but keep the same velocity and thrill.
Bonus material confirms the series was shot with High-Def cameras and it matches the technology driven team assigned grisly crimes. Guest stars are included as both good and bad guys/girls. There is occasional sharp wit, but mostly sharper evidence considerations, at least with personal issues are not clouding the moment. That human side of MIT cops is a stronger focus, over Series 1. Office relationships and personal problems form side-plots that carry over from one episode to another. But each episode has its primary brutal death (graphic images) to solve.
Series 2 has four 70-minute episodes...a few guest stars are listed, only some.
SDH subtitles available
1 PHONE TAG: Trevor and team look for an ice pick killer. This and all episodes are shot through with cop jargon. The murder seems to have association with stolen mobile phones and a sordid game of phone tag. Is the victim's father's kidney need a motive? New team player, DC Sharpe (Diane Parish) must prove her worth. Guest stars Kenneth Cranham (Without Motive) and Clare Higgins proves theirs.
2 VIPER'S NEST: Did a favorite doctor jump or get pushed off the hospital roof through a skylight of the canteen? Dr Masters (Anthony Head- The Invisibles) doesn't know, nor care, but does a fine job as guest star. Is there drug dealing afoot? A botched surgery? DCI Wishart (Meera Syal) pushes the team.
3 PROFESSIONAL: Pro footballer [soccer to Yanks] autopsy reveals death by blow to the head. Stalker hate mail and phone calls confirm victim was leaving as a "free transfer" [free agent to Yanks]. Was it an extreme fan attack? Team members struggle both personally and professionally-more than normal. Big Bad Mother-in-Law (Rebecca Lacey- The Bretts) and team manager (Tim Healy- The Grand) are suspect, as well as guest stars.
4 SEXUAL TENSION: A woman is gagged and strangled, yes more. Of course an ex-boyfriend is suspect. Then another similar killing. Copycat? Serial killer? CCTV and evidence points to a team member--not good for cop morale.
I liked the reality and the tension/action of the episodes forcing the viewer to literally join the Special Crime Unit's thought process. Even better than Series One.