Jeff Slade - Michael French
Holly Turner - Chloe Annett
OTHER CRIME TRAVELLER SEASONS
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Jeff Slade And The Loop Of Infinity
Trapping a bad guy at the local train station goes wrong and detective Jeff Slade gets all the flack. Then he remembers seeing police scientist Holly Turner there when she clearly wasn't. How can she be in two places at the same time? The answer is about time.
Time travel is one of the staples of science fiction and crime shows are a staple of television, so combining the two seems like a no-brainer decision. Sadly, this opening episode is a bit of a no-brainer as well, in that it hasn't got one. The plot is simple enough, but this is the opening episode and so that can be forgiven with all the character and story set up that has to be done in it, but it doesn't have to be so lightweight that it needs to be nailed down so that it doesn't get blown away by the audience's frustrated sighs.
Lightweight also goes for the cast, although it is fair to say that the script gives them very little to work with, but both Michael French and Chloe Annett fail to bring any depth at all to their roles. The rest of the cast are there to play stereotypes and a comedy police force this inept usually has the word 'Keystone' in front of its title.Top
A Murder In The Family
Holly's aunt is murdered in a restaurant and suspicion falls upon Holly herself. Slade has to go back in time to figure out who did the deed and clear her name.
The fact that Holly comes under suspicion of the crime and that time travel is part of the problem is an interesting slant on the subject, but it is the only interesting slant on a second rather banal episode with a solution that most people will have guessed before the murder is even committed. That trained detectives can't spot it is therefore, ludicrous.
Add to that the fact that the two leads can't create the emotional depth to convey the urgency or fear that the situation causes and it really does end up as a terribly thin, bland episode.Top
A fashion designer on the skids is being threatened on the eve of the big show that might save her career. Sladeís team are assigned to be the protection detail, so when she is shot on the catwalk, he and Holly go back in time to find out just what happened.
It is distinctly possible that Jeff Slade and his team are the worst police officers ever to grace the television screen. The church where the fashion show is due to take place is supposed to be a secure area and yet people traipse in and out of it at will. Nobody seems to be checking identities and the fact that the audience has worked out the whole caper before the murder has even taken place leaves them looking even more stupid than ever.
The time travel concern here is one of Ďschismsí, which is what happens when a person meets themselves in the past. This would apparently be bad for the universe in general, but since there is almost no chance of that actually happening, it is used as an excuse to get the principles into Sladeís apartment for a bit of potential love interest.
The fact that Michael French and Chloe Annett are staggeringly uncharismatic in this show means that most of this is just plain dull.Top
The Revenge Of The Chronology Protection Hypothesis
When Slade is shot and seriously wounded, Holly goes back in time, but is she warning him away from his attacker or driving him to the incident?
Can you change the past? The show has always stated that this is impossible. Holly is giving a lecture on that very subject at the time that Slade is shot. Why then, when she believes this so utterly, does she go back in time and what does she hope to achieve. She tells him that she wonít tell him whatís going to happen and then does just that. She is certain that she cannot alter what is to happen, so why is she even trying? It makes no sense at all.
The murder plot is OK, but nothing more than that. Throwing in the siege situation at least leaves Slade with a terrible dilemma as to whether he can walk away from a situation that he knows will leave him close to death when doing so will have incalculable consequences for others.
And letís not even get onto the fact that the rest of the team act like complete fools and they even let Slade walk into the hostage siege without the simple precaution of a bulletproof vest. Thatís something that he doesnít ask for either, despite the fact that it must surely be standard procedure.
The final resolution of the conundrum is unsatisfying to say the least, even in such a lightweight entertainment show.Top
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