TV: Underbelly and The Pacific

TV: Underbelly and The Pacific

Underbelly 2Rating:  MDistributor: Channel NineRelease Date: Sundays, 8:30 PMA contender for the highest rating television series of 2010, Underbelly – The Golden Mile is the third in Nine’s crime franchise based on recent criminal activities in Sydney and Melbourne. 2.2 million viewers tuned in to episode one of series three which picks up where the second series left […]

By Mark HadleyMonday 3 May 2010TV and StreamingReading Time: 2 minutes

Underbelly 2
Rating:  M
Distributor: Channel Nine
Release Date: Sundays, 8:30 PM

A contender for the highest rating television series of 2010, Underbelly – The Golden Mile is the third in Nine’s crime franchise based on recent criminal activities in Sydney and Melbourne. 2.2 million viewers tuned in to episode one of series three which picks up where the second series left off, focusing on police corruption and organised crime in Sydney’s Kings Cross district from 1988-1999. Underbelly Three is a classic morality tale – at least it’s meant to be.

The key characters start out on top with their criminal and corrupt behaviour returning big dividends. However their activities will come to the attention of the ‘hero’ who will set about systematically bringing them to account. The balance of justice is complicated, though, by the fact that key criminal characters are given a shine while the series reserves its strongest judgments for corrupt detectives. Underbelly Three appeals to the larrikin spirit of Australian viewers, allowing a place for crime so long as it doesn’t get out of hand. Long ago, though, Jesus pointed out that there is no such thing as a harmless sin. However little, it has a way of working its way through the entire individual and the society that tolerates it.

The Pacific
Rating:  M
Distributor: Channel Seven
Release Date: Wednesdays, 8:30 PM

The Pacific is the follow-on series from the same production house that delivered Band of Brothers. Similar in format, it follows the trials of a group of young men attached to the 1st American Marine Division as they engage in some of the most bitter battles against Imperial Japan. The Pacific is a welcome remedy for a world that regularly entertains itself with violent images. It leaves the questions of a just war to the governments and instead focuses on the struggles that individuals face as they take the lives of men they have never met. At the heart of the series is the dark heart of man and the need for war to gain its meaning from something higher than our own sense of justice. The Pacific debuted with 1.7 million Australian viewers and is holding steady. It will appeal particularly adult to older viewers who have a mind to learn from history as well as enjoy some spectacular special effects combined with a moving story line.