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It should play down the will-they-won't-they vibe and concentrate on the mystery, which is largely why we're here. But the plot felt like an afterthought tacked on to their mutual yearning.
Strike's attraction lies in its two charismatic leads and their sizzling chemistry, rather than the knotty cases. These can feel rushed and clumsy, becoming fiddly to follow in the transition from novel to screen.
Old-fashioned but undeniably effective, a few deft lines capable of revealing everything.
I don't believe either of these characters could solve a mystery to save their lives, but believability has never been Brit TV crimefighters' strong suit.
The plot left me cold, completely, but there is certainly some joy to be found in the secondary characters, like Lorelei, although she's underwritten at present -- more Lorelei! -- and Chiswell's horrid wife, played with gusto by Sophie Winkleman.
This has fallen into the trap that many true crime shows and detective shows have fallen into, when it becomes less about true crime and more about the love affairs between the two main characters ... I wish they wouldn't do it!
Strike's tone is admirably balanced, a contemporary detective drama with an old-fashioned aesthetic - a skilful trick of Tom Edge's writing and Sue Tully's direction.
Holliday Grainger's playing of the scene was thrilling, so I'll stay around for tomorrow night's last instalment, if only to savour the unfamiliar London locations.
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