I watched the first episodes ofUntenable. I watched the first episodes of STAT. verdict, diagnosis? In this epic war of the daily 7 p.m. series, which begins Monday night, neither TVA nor Radio-Canada lose their case or abandon their patient.
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Here are two fast-paced and hard-hitting series, each delivering powerful adrenaline rushes. It is clear that I will follow both. No choice, Your Honor. Because at the moment there is no title that overwhelms another.
But I would say that the first four episodes ofUntenable explode like dynamite on the screen. The editing is super choppy, effective and the plot crashes at top speed.
Within 22 minutes of the first episode ofUntenable, there’s a home burglary, a teenage rape, a shooting, crazed twin brothers, a police officer accused of street rage and a very sleazy psychiatrist, not to mention introducing all the employees of the Lapointe-MacDonald law firm who are the focus of the series as well as theirs Colleagues in the courthouse. Great work by the screenwriting team – there are eight of them – and no missteps in this complex television ballet.
And it seems TVA spent months polishing those four and a half hours like a gem. Filming, almost entirely outdoors, took place in February in heavy snowfall and the Siberian cold. It’s also bewildering to see the character of Sébastien Delorme, criminal defense attorney Léo MacDonald, getting out of his car in front of an industrial building in the middle of nowhere in the dead of winter.
It’s like in the police station parking lot from (Fire) district 31. Same long black coat, same car shots, same aerial shots of Montreal, it’s gorgeous.
The team challengeUntenable will be to maintain this restless pace.
As in district 31, Untenable pushes small files into larger ones spread over more than a week. The knitted story about the psychiatrist Martin Charbonneau (Christian Bégin) captivates us and leaves us with a big surprise in Thursday’s episode, a classic district 31 to fuel speculation over the weekend.
STAT However, the strongest weapon to go to war, the actress Suzanne Clément has, better than her rival Sébastien Delorme. She shines in the “scrub” of Emmanuelle St-Cyr, a dedicated and dedicated paramedic, border police investigator, on adrenaline. To immerse viewers deeply in this hospitable universe, the first four episodes of STAT will each last an hour, an idea by Luc Dionne, reveals producer Fabienne Larouche. This is to show you just how much TVA and Radio-Canada are betting on their 7pm fillies.
STAT also starts with a big drama, the sudden death of the wife of DD Emmanuelle St-Cyr, who will experience her grief very badly. As for storytelling, STAT comes closer Grey’s anatomy that from district 31. Unlike Luc Dionne, who focused on police cases, author Marie-Andrée Labbé examines the personal lives of the staff at Montreal’s Saint Vincent Hospital, who regularly organize well-watered dinners.
Besides the dD St-Cyr, the core of the Fellow Friends, brings together psychiatrist Philippe Dupéré (Patrick Labbé), surgeon Isabelle Granger (Geneviève Schmidt) and nurse Éric Perron (Stéphane Rousseau). As you can imagine, there’s hospital romance and special medical cases, shall we say. The first few episodes include a psychotic patient hearing voices on the intercom, agitated people on the Ativan, teenagers shooting guns in broad daylight, and an attack on a nurse on “mandatory overtime,” the famous TSO.
Untenable sticks more to the formula with turns of district 31. The defense attorneys led by Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Nour Belkhiria and Michel Laperrière are conducting parallel investigations that are driving the action in unexpected directions. I love the Crown Prosecutor, M.e Sonia Cadet, played by Marilyse Bourke, who regularly clashes with her eternal rival, Léo MacDonald (Sébastien Delorme), a confident and upstanding criminal defense attorney. Of course, every row of avocados comes with a rotten apple, Me Frédéric Legrand (Martin David Peters), who hangs out with the wrong people and has a crappy character, let’s not shy away from words. In the rival show, Isabelle Blais takes on the role of the ugly hospital director.
STAT is full of well-defined supporting characters, including fiery paramedic Jacob Faubert (Lou-Pascal Tremblay), dedicated nurse Sophia St-Jean (Ludivine Reding), talkative physical therapist (Pascale Renaud-Hébert), rigid head of professional services Pascal St Cyr (Normand D’Amour) and the unbalanced social worker (Virginie Ranger-Beauregard).
WhileUntenable delve into difficult issues STAT rather sprinkles his scenes with lighter bubbles that relax the atmosphere.
This perfect balance of banter and intense drama prevailed district 31 above. For now, and with his darker looks, Untenable relies more on electroshock while STATwith a more luminous bill, moves towards an in-depth investigation of the psychological flaws of its main characters.
And who will put the precious golden crown on his head? district 31 ? Difficult to predict. The habit of listening to a daily newspaper at 7 p.m. has existed at Radio-Canada for 30 years. For its part, Quebecor has invested a lot of money in the cross-promotion ofUntenablewhich even made a headline on Pierre-Olivier Zappa’s 10pm TVA Nouvelles.
There will certainly be curiosity and zapping in the first few weeks. Then, for lack of time or interest, viewers decide to be doctors, lawyers, or both, why not, long live the recorder and catch up!
For the curious, STAT means “immediately, immediately” in medical language. How: Intubate her STAT! Inject him with a STAT tranquilizer! Stop this columnist from writing questionable legal-hospital analogies STAT!
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