Unit 42 Season 1 Review: Belgian Netflix Series Brings Widowed Cop & Hacker Together Making Cyber Crime Dull

June 14, 2019
Daniel Hart 2
Netflix, TV, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

Feeling miserable on the surface, but markedly enticing, Belgian Netflix series Unit 42 pits together two compelling characters attempting to fight cybercrime.

3.5

Summary

Feeling miserable on the surface, but markedly enticing, Belgian Netflix series Unit 42 pits together two compelling characters attempting to fight cybercrime.

Belgian Netflix series Unit 42 season 1 pit together two characters on opposite ends of the spectrum. Samuel Leroy (Patrick Ridremont) is widowed and has joined the Cyber Crime Unit in Brussels. Season 1 makes a point of his widowed status in the opening stages of episode 1, showing his morning routine of ensuring his children have breakfast before he goes to work. His wife must have recently died as he’s feeding a baby from the bottle. My logical brain jammed at the fact that he has three children and still manages to hold down a job that could keep him away from his parenting for days; his childcare must be costly.

And then the polar opposite character, Billie Vebber (Constance Gay), a strikingly unpredictable woman and former hacker that has found herself a job in the Cyber Crime Unit. Her persona reveals a laidback, kind of reckless lifestyle, yet underneath the layers, she has issues of her own that could match that of a widow. Unit 42 season 1 could not have tried harder to pinpoint two characters who are woefully miserable with their own lives, yet the depressive nature of the series is somewhat appealing.

Together, Samuel and Billie tackle cyber crimes in the Belgian Netflix series. By default, they both struggle to cooperate at first, but as season 1 of Unit 42 progresses, they start learning from one another as part of their character development. The story purposefully bubbles their growing partnership slowly, in a series that prides itself in a murky, slow-moving outlook rather than trying to be a fast-paced crime investigation hit.

My one criticism is that Unit 42 season 1 manages to make cybercrime feel rather dull. It’s not like Fringe, where each scenario of technological terrorism compels the audience – the Netflix series instead makes the entire experience feel routine. I guess that is the point? The characters’ experiences are ordinary for them, but the mistake made is that each case barely tries to entice your interest. Instead, the scope is imbalanced towards Samuel and Billie.

Unit 42 season 1 is only ten episodes long, adding to the growing catalog of Belgian Netflix content – it’s worth adding to your list.

1 thought on “Unit 42 Season 1 Review: Belgian Netflix Series Brings Widowed Cop & Hacker Together

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  • February 6, 2021 at 4:33 am
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    I AM WATCHING UNIT 42 SEASON 1 FOR THE SECOND TIME. iT HAS BEEN 2 YEARS SINCE MY FIRST EXPERIENCE. i FIND THE CHARACTERS WELL-DRAWN AND THE STORIES RIVETING. ALTHOUGH I AM AN ANGLO, i DO NOT MIND THE SUBTITLE EXPERIENCE BECAUSE THESE ARE NOT JUST PROS; THEY ARE ARTISTS WHO CONVEY THE MECHANICS AND THE THRILLS OF THE CHASE WITH APLOMB, THEIR TALENTS AND FLAWS EMERGE GRADUALLY AND BECOME CLEARER AND MORE INTERESTING AS THE SERIES PROCEEDS.
    i THANK THE WRITER(S) AND THE DIRECTOR(S) FOR MAKING IT ALL WORTH WATCHING AND THINKING ABOUT. CAN SUCH PEOPLE BE? i HOPE SO. WE NEED HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THIS OUR TROUBLED WORLD.

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