The crime drama Hide and Seek (Both 4) opens with dramatic footage of a car moving along a perfectly straight tree-lined road. In the distance, shrouded in fog, are brutal apartment buildings and towering industrial chimneys.
ou wouldn’t call it a beautiful place; it’s a dim industrial town, bleak and not a bit sad. I can’t help but wonder how much more bleak and sad that landscape could look today. Were those buildings damaged or wiped out by rockets? Was that path left behind by shelling?
Hide and seek is the first Ukrainian series to be shown on Channel 4 / All 4 Walter gift yarns. It was made in 2019, when the war seemed to be gone.
Inevitable sadness aside, the set-up, at least in the opening episode (the entire series is available to stream), suggests it will cross familiar ground – until it’s not.
Detective Maxim Shumov (Vyacheslav Dovzhenko) is a bit annoyed to be partnered with the new addition to the team Varta Naumova (Yuliya Abdel Fattakh, a present commander), who holds the senior rank. Shumov had personal and professional troubles.
He lives with his father, an alcoholic, and shows his misplaced allegiance to his corrupt partner, who was demoted for stealing from a crime scene.
Shumov’s boss warns him that unless he buys the rotten apple, he runs the risk of being dragged down with him.
Naumova – who has always had a habit of wearing black leather gloves – is tough, aloof and reserved, but clearly haunted by something from her own past.
A seven-year-old girl disappeared while playing a game of hide and seek with her father in his apartment. Shumov suspects the father, a car dealer involved in low-level crime but still a loving father, killed the child and dumped her body.
The much more intuitive Naumova took this out of hand. She was later proven right when CCTV footage showed a shadowy figure sneaking into the apartment.
The lineup of mismatched cops who initially fail but eventually create a fruitful partnership has been abraded by overuse. But Hide and seek, shot in style, throwing us a few twists and turns late to push it in a more compelling direction. Definitely one to investigate further.
The hasty American withdrawal from Afghanistan under President Joe Biden was a disaster. Before long, the Taliban were back to overturn their freedoms, deprive women of their humanity, and drag society back into its dark ages. A barbaric return to business as usual.
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This happening on Biden’s watch is no surprise to former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who worked under eight presidents, Barack Obama among them, and was one of the contributors to the campaign. Afghanistan: Get Out (BBC2, Sunday).
There has always been tension between the Pentagon and the White House under Obama – although he is not the head of the defense community.
“The real problem is the Vice President,” said Gates, who believes Biden has been wrong on every defense and military issue for the past 40 years.
If that’s a brutal assessment of Biden’s record, this brilliant duo, filled with heavyweight insiders (though no former presidents), is an equally stunning account. on America’s catalog of failures from the time of George W. Bush to the present day.
General Doug Lute, whose impossible task was to provide Bush with daily updates on Afghanistan, called it “a history of missed opportunities in which we could have strangled the bridge.” this lead”.
When Bush left office, he gave Obama a mess. Undersecretary of Defense Ben Rhodes said Obama sent tens of thousands more troops – while privately grieving, said the young men he dispatched to their deaths – then weakened his own actions by announcing they would be home within a few months.
Meanwhile, the Taliban retreated to the hills to watch and wait for its moment.
HIDE AND VIEW 3/5
AFGHANISTAN: START 4/5
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