Line of Duty S4, E8: AC-12 finally unmasks the truth about Operation Trapdoor and balaclava man, along with a few surprises on the way! (spoiler alert)

Th is is a review of Series 4, episode 8 of Line of Duty, which is finally coming to a close!

We were all left wondering whether Roz would get away with framing her husband and if Micheal would be innocently convicted. We found out….

 So this was the finale?

The finale was unexpected and extremely gripping. We knew in our minds that balaclava man could have been more than one person, but hoped that it wasn’t.

What I thought of the plot and outcome?

The plot was twisted (as we would have expected) and we only really found out the extent of the culprits by the end. The plot was intense and we were put through a series of emotions, such as impatience (when Roz would not admit her doings on Tim), sadness (when we thought Micheal would go to jail as innocent), relieved (when Roz admitted her offence) and surprised (by the involvement of Jamie in the plot).

There was some suspicion around Hilton and the viewers in this case would have be right. Hilton sent and recommended Jamie to work at AC-12 to presumably watch the case and the person connecting them together was Lakewell. He was not balaclava man, but he did frame Micheal Farmer. It was all a group effort and AC-12 could not have pinned it on to Lakewell, without Roz becoming detective. In some way I like her more than I did before this episode as she looked into every detail, in turn convicting him of perverting the cause of justice.

I still don’t understand though… Roz admitted to murdering Tim accidentally, yet she covered her tracks, adding on more suspicion? Why did she not just admit it instead of going to all the trouble of pinning it on her husband and tampering with the evidence? It seemed like she would have denied the murder (convicted manslaughter) if she had not been found out by AC-12 and the clothes and evidence she hid were not recovered?

I do think that this series was quite unrealistic and was lengthened to fit six episodes. In my opinion, it could have been shorter and less farfetched, whilst getting the same outcome and emotions from the viewers.

Am I excited for the next series?

Yes!  We could be faced with a new case in the next series or the return of Balaclava man, bearing in mind that there were many people involved in the operation who AC-12 were not informed of!

Star Rating

Overall I would give this episode:

5 star rating

What an episode to end the series! The five star rating is well deserved!

Line of Duty S4, E5: What was at first a little rivalry between AC-12 and Huntley has become something much more (Spoiler Alert)

I had to take a breather at the end of the penultimate episode of Line of Duty. Never have I been so sure of something then so confused by such a twisted plot line in my life.

Thoughts

I started the episode with the intention of finding out what really happened to Huntley, hoping she would admit it. Instead, she continued to frame Farmer for the numerous  deaths and framed her husband for Tims’s murder, as he was at the scene (but only because he followed her there).  What made this more unrealistic was her ability to have her arm amputated and still plant evidence like nothing was wrong. If that was me, I would be unable to do anything, especially work.

Everyone seemed to be suspecting Huntley (she does make it hard not to), even her husband who was going to file a claim against her. He knew that she was lying about what really happened the night of Tim’s murder however was unaware of her potential involvement in the murder of Leonie Collins. She is such a stubborn character that she is unlikely to admit the truth and ruin her reputation, rather than admit it and be free of the guilt. At this point, I assume that she murdered Tim and had something to do with Leonie, but these series always seem to surprise us.

Alongside this hidden cover up by Huntley, was another alleged cover up and manipulation of evidence by AC-12. According to ACC Hilton, AC-12 were more dangerous than the corrupt officers that they had had a year to investigate (those linked to Matthew Cotton in the previous series). Huntley has ACC Hilton supposedly wrapped around her little finger and has plotted him against them, when in fact Huntley has the secrets to hide.

You never know, ACC Hilton could be involved in this conspiracy too.. And what was it about the Jackie Lavity case from 2012 that troubled him? Was he involved in her disappearance or did he know who was?

This episode was a bit more personal. We saw Abbott vulnerable for the first time in the series when he was told that he still had damage to his back and long term mobility problems could not be ruled out. It was a shame as he was just doing his job and he may not ever walk again. His attack by balaclava man and his fall down three flights of stairs has certainly damaged him and it was heartbreaking to see him upset. The fact that he was unable to look after himself, let alone work really put it all into perspective.

Last Note

Overall I found this episode very farfetched and more packed than the last. It seems that there is no real end to this case and I am not really sure who really did it.

I have the feeling that the last episode (next weeks) in this series is too short to resolve all of the conspiracies and lies. The case has become a lot more complex with the emergence of a new body, Leonie Collins, supposively disposed and stored of differently to the rest, with neither murders being Tim or Micheal.

New people have emerged who may have more to do with it such as Jimmy Lakewell, but it is too early to say without more evidence. With everything that is going on, I expect the last episode in this series to clear up some lose ends, but leave a few uncertain mysteries to follow up in series five.

The director has had us on the edge of our seat from the start of the series so I will be very interested to see how he leaves us on the final episode. Probably on the floor….

Stay tuned for the last episode next week!

If you have any comments, I would love to hear from you!

Bye guys 🙂

 

Line of Duty, S4, E4: The tables can turn very quickly and you can find yourself caught! (Spoiler Alert)

This is a series review of Line of Duty (S4, E4) shown weekly on BBC1 on Sunday night at 9pm. Two remaining episodes.

My Thoughts

I was so excited to see this episode, especially after that devastating cliff-hanger of Arnott being pushed off a flight of stairs, by who we suspected was Nick Huntley. You would be glad to know that he was ok and eventually came around. All was safe and sound, or so we thought…

Huntley has become a very investigated officer and even has an undercover agent watching her (Fleming). From what we know so far, Huntley is involved, especially close to home with evidence that her husband was at the crime scene too. She has lied through her teeth to detectives and has lied to her husband. I was starting to get more apprehensive of her and her motives and with everything that was going on, she should be nowhere near the investigations.

Huntley was becoming more and more involved in covering her back. It seemed that she was fooling no one, not even her husband, who thought she was cheating and followed her that night to Tim’s flat. Her Interview with the AC-12 investigators was not going her way and she found herself presented with evidence that she was not doing her job properly and that her husband was involved in Tim’s murder. When we thought it was all over for her, she dropped a bombshell.

Her thorough attitude and accusation of the corruption of her handling of the cases surprised the AC-12 team and they slowly found themselves in deep water. Huntley had them gasping for air as she fired claims of tampering, sexism around promotions and sexist language in the workplace. She bought up things that were beyond their work environment. It was like she had been holding on to her anger and they had hit a nerve with her that unleashed a feared beast.

I thought that I would leave the episode with a clearer idea of her and Nick’s involvement, however I have been left with less of an idea and an unknown about the future of AC-12. I wonder if matters will be out of their hands, evidence will be discarded or they will be moved from the cases all together.

Huntley played a good game in this episode and seems to have won… for now. The director played with our emotions and changed the focus of the episode so rapidly that the cases seemed even more complex!  Bravo!

I was blown away by the twist and now feel like I am in limbo, not being any closer to finding out the truth and being uncertain about the outcome of AC-12 and the current investigation.

Still to come…

With two more episodes to go, we expect the lose ends to be tied and to find out the truth on who really killed Tim and abducted those girls. We all have our suspicions, however as we know, these series are always truly uncertain until the final moments!

What an explosive episode. I feel like I need a cup of tea to recover!

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Series 4, Episode 3: Line of Duty evolved quickly and ended with an unexpected act of terror none of us could expect! (Spoliers Alert)

Series 4 continues and as expected, we were kept on our toes all the way through…

Basic Plot

There was secrecy between Huntley and Fleming. AC-12 investigated Tim’s murder and want access to all the evidence on Trapdoor and Tim Ifield. They looked into evidence and found that there was a 90% chance that Balaclava man could be Tim…

Thandi Newton (as DCI Huntley) was being hunted down by AC-12 and she did not like it at all. At some point, she must have thought about what she would do if she was caught.  She also seemed very dismissive of her husband and she clearly had other things to think about.

Her whereabouts… secrets…. evidence altering! All of it was very secretive and she was not making it any better for herself. She was just digging herself deeper and deeper. Her horrible way of framing Hana for Tim’s murder was definitely too far. Such a cruel trick to cover her back!

Micheal Gardner had new evidence against him from a witness who said he grabbed her and invited her to his house. He was identified by the victim, and later admitted the offence. He was being charged on top of his kidnapping and murder offences. I still don’t think that he was the murderer or kidnapper… he still did not fit. I felt sorry for him.

Thoughts:

A lot unravelled in this episode and new leads bought AC-12 into moral danger. I felt sorry for Micheal and the poor woman Huntley framed. It was heartless and I still do not approve of her character. I found Huntley was very over persuasive in this episode which may eventually get her caught.

It was extremely gripping and I was surprised by the ending, which was a shock to all of us. Yes we were told that Nick was dangerous but this was new. For the first time, we are presented with the idea that there are more than one involved in the balaclava case.

The director, John Strickland definitely did a great job in this episode and left us gasping at the end!

Questions

  1. Who was the balaclava man who attacked Abbott?
  2. Are there more of them than we think?
  3. Is abbott dead?

So many unanswered questions to ponder over until next week.

If you have any comments, I would love to hear from you.

Bye guys 🙂

Line of Duty S4 E2: Tensions were rising as the investigation into Operation Trapdoor continued!

We left the last episode with a cliff hanger. We were eager to find out what happened next!

We were not sure if we would see Huntley back in the office after the horrific memories of the night before and we feared that she was the dismembered body that they found in a lake. Luckily she wasn’t.

In this episode, we also saw Steve Arnott visit FI Tim’s house and find him dead. He was found in his home with a few missing fingers.  It was a shock to everyone.

As for DCI Huntley, she knew more about Tim than people thought. She had been to his house, she had confronted him about helping AC-12 and she had been attacked by him…. now he was dead and her DNA was at the scene. She did DNA swapping and made sure that she had no trace in that house. She could not get caught, otherwise everything she had worked towards would be gone.  Not only that, but she had his laptop and phone… major pieces of evidence that would be essential to the investigation. Huntley was on a thin thread and had to tread carefully.

My opinion of DCI Huntley is a bit like a yoyo. We left her on a floor at the end of episode 1, potentially a new victim to the notorious “Balaclava man” and now here she is waltzing around, claiming cases and lying through her teeth. She is like Marmite, you either like her or don’t.

We also looked looked into Micheal’s involvement, which was continued from the last episode. He was sure that he did not kill the victims or have any involvement. He was at Mossheath hospital that night and was kept in for the next few days, so how could he? His feet are also size 8, whilst the biometrics suggested that the killer was a size 10. Micheal was unfortunately faced with more evidence that suggested it was him and with a planting of his DNA on one of the bodies, he had little chance of being discounted.

Tensions were rising between Kate Fleming and Stephen Arnott. They both wanted to lead a case, however Stephen Abbot was more qualified, having had the Inspector qualification for longer. The frosty expression on Kate’s face said it all. The competition between them, in my opinion, is a bit petty and they should be happy for each other either way and put their personal issues behind them.

My Thoughts

The episode was very gripping and there was never a dull moment.

I was however blown away by how farfetched the DNA swapping was. As if a DCI would have time to swap evidence that quickly.  The episode started off great and then it got more unbelievable.

The way that Fleming and Arnott are acting was extremely concerning, especially as they work in such close proximity when investigating DCI Huntley. I fear that this will affect their relationship and the overall evidence they gather. It’s such a shame as I thought they were such a great team.

Lastly, I can’t help but feel sorry for Micheal Farmer. With what we saw last week in Tim’s bag, we can’t help but think that they have the wrong man. Yet he is trapped to a crime that he allegedly committed. I don’t normally feel sorry for the victim, but on this occasion I do.

Let me know what you thought of the episode. I would love to hear what you all think!

Line of Duty S4, E1 was definitely not as straight-forward as we thought! (spolier alert)

So we had similar faces, such as DS Steve Arnott (acted by Martin Compston), SI Ted Hastings (acted by Adrian Dunbar) and DC Kate Fleming (acted by Vicky McClure). They were returning characters.

New team member included DC Jamie Desford (acted by Royce Pierreson) and DCI Roz Huntley (acted by Thandie Newton).

So overall, new viewers of this series will not have to worry too much about what has happened previously. As it is a new case, the series will have new challenges and will be more thrilling than the previous three series.

The plot

The case followed an abduction of a young girl after two girls previously had been murdered. The Senior Investigator had gathered evidence and closed the case, yet FI Tim Ifield (played by Jason Watkins) had his doubts and got AC-12 involved.

The case was gripping and we saw horrible scenes of abduction, by a figure, whose face was hidden by a balaclava, and was wearing a black leather jacket. Micheal Palmer was arrested on the suspicion of attempted murder, and he claimed to be visiting his nan in the nursing home (7.30 – 8.30) then he ate some sandwiches on a wall. He did not remember where the wall was and said that he had nothing to do with the fire, the abduction or the jewellry evidence. He was not sure about any of it and he was very sketchy. He was later charged.

The victim could not prove that it was Micheal and the evidence did not really suggest it was him after it was examined by FI Tim Ifield and presented to DS Steve Arnott at AC-12. No carpet fibres were on the jewellry, so they may have been planted there. A boot print at the scene did not match any of the investigators and showed that may have been someone else in the house.

The senior officer DCI Roz Huntly, the SIO who closed the case previously, was very dismissive towards new evidence and always seemed to feel that she had grasped it all. In some way it is selfish. Micheal Palmer was convicted, which was quick, however this seemed too quick… The evidence could have been pointing towards him, but was it deceiving? DCI Roz Huntly also seemed very dominating and unrespectful. She was just doing her job, but was she really looking into the evidence. Was she bending the facts to close it under pressure?

Fleming and Arnott started to investigate Micheal Farmer for the murder of two girls and attempted murder of one, more recently. Micheal Farmer was accused of the rape of a young 15 year old girl, so was that really enough to charge him on? They wanted to dig deeper and Fleming was now part of  SIO Roz’s team temporarily, as a way to gather more evidence on Micheal Farmer. She was confident that their team was following procedures and felt that all her good work was being too critically analysed.

FI Tim Ifield was very into the evidence and throughout the episode, he reviewed evidence again and again which was slightly suspicious.  He said that no black fibres or balaclava fibres were found on the victim’s body, in Micheal’s car or his house. This evidence could be quite obvious – the balaclava man on the CCTV had size 10 feet, whilst Micheal was size 8. Was Micheal Farmer framed for the murders by a man who committed all three?

FI Tim Ifield went to visit the cafe where Hana, the 3rd victim worked and was visited by Roz who confronted him about looking at the evidence for Micheal Farmer. She questioned why they were looking over the evidence. She used her status and authority to convince him that she was right about the case. She lashed out at him and raised her voice.

To our shock, we saw FI Ifield push Roz in defence and she fell onto his floor, blood lying in a puddle under her head. He went to his backpack and and got out a balaclava and black jacket. Was he the murderer? He was in the investigating team; he had AC-12 around his little finger and had their trust. Was poor Roz in trouble now?

 

My liking towards him grew lesser and lesser whilst I started to feel sorry for Roz more. Her character is domineering and authoritative but in this position, she is vulnerable. I just hope that she survives.

Final Thoughts

There are many little nooks in this case and some quite similar to the previous series.

We have an insider who could have been the murderer. He has their trust and no bad police record, but worst of all, he is an FI! He knows how to hide and present evidence to frame others. He is a skilled nightmare, but did he do it?

I was not a fan of CIO Roz at the start of the episode and she did not seem liked by others, except her assistant. She came across as quite rash and was quick to frame Micheal for the murders. However she was very wrong, and to find out face to face, in such a vulnerable position, I just hope that the AC-12 team are given a little clue, otherwise the case will not be solved.

Gripping beyond a doubt and it kept me on my toes right to the end…. the AC-12 team must be prepared to fight hard for this case!

Really worth a watch…

Bye guys 🙂