Detroit, home of Tommy Hearns, Insane Clown Posse and Elmore Leonard. You are quite literally bankrupt and I imagine the low-income neighbourhoods you have can get quite gully. As such you are the perfect location for AMC‘s Low Winter Sun a remake of the Channel 4 miniseries from 2006. We establish fairly early on that we are among some cops who DON’T play by the rules. Detective Frank Agnew (Mark Strong) and Detective Joe Geddes (Lennie James) plan to kill their colleague Brendan McCann, apparently because he shot some broad of their acquaintance. McCann is a big tub of shit and when they roll up on him he’s pissed as Kenny Sansom – this should be an easy one. They offer him a lift home which he accepts but of course what he actually gets is drowned in the khazi. I never knew big Brendan McCann personally but I reckon it’s probably not the way he would have chosen.
So what now guys? Frank and Joe decide to drive his car into the ocean on a wave of mutilation – make it look like suicide. That could happen. Everyone knew Brendan liked a drop and when Internal Affairs investigator Simon Boyd (David Costabile) comes snooping the following morning it’s obvious that Brendan knew some shit was coming his way. Still, it’s a shock for most in the station although close observers will notice that Wank and Blow are behaving a bit strange. Agnew was McCann’s partner. Surely he knew what fatty was up to says Geddes. Dani Kahlil (Athena Karkanis) notices their angry furtive conversations. She hasn’t quite joined the dots yet but a police station is a small place to hide a criminal conspiracy. Also: full of coppers.
What he actually gets is drowned in the khazi. I never knew big Brendan McCann personally but I reckon it’s probably not the way he would have chosen.
Meanwhile, on the scrote side of the fence Damon Callis (James Ransone, who you’ll remember as Corporal Ray Person in Generation Kill and Ziggy in The Wire) is a lieutenant in the Detroit mob looking to usurp his boss Alexander Skelos. I imagine that will involve killing him at some point. McCann was tied up with the hoodlums. Looks like they paid him in doughnuts, the repulsive sack of blubber and guts.
McCann was tied up with the hoodlums. Looks like they paid him in doughnuts, the repulsive sack of blubber and guts.
So this seems alright. It’s a bit hard to tell from the first episode but the two Brit actors fronting it are doing good work and there are no doubt some really awful people to be discovered in the Detroit underworld. I’d hate to make reckless predictions but a cop drowning another cop in a toilet doesn’t usually end well even if he is morbidly obese, corrupt and Irish.
The verdict: Blow Winturd Scum.
Marks out of 10: 7