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I love this series but Season Eight was somewhat spoiled for me by the English for the hard of hearing subtitles. I really don't want subtitles that tell me a door is opening or closing, there is chattering etc. The description of the Disc stated nothing about subtitles.
One of the best police drama series ever seemingly draws to a conclusion...It is difficult to compare the first few series with 8 as the themes and style of direction have changed a great deal. As the series progress it does become less gritty and graphic (probably to appeal more to a wider audience) - however there is no let up in the quality of acting and storylines. Series 8 has it's twists and turns as and as always there is the unexpected. I don't like the over-use of subtitles - door opens - coughs - sighs etc, completely unnecessary - but doesn't detract overall. Thoroughly enjoyed it, hopefully it can continue in some way as there's little to compare.
All good things come to an end, and so it is with Spiral with the eight and final series. This has been one of the finest shows of its type ever to be brought to our screens. It has been of a consistently high quality throughout and this last series is no exception. Intelligent, exciting (sometimes the tension is almost unbearable), brilliantly acted and superbly produced. Yes, I think they've picked the right time to call it a day - it would be such a shame to see such an excellent series run out of steam and ideas - but, nonetheless, what on earth are we going to find to replace it!
So, all good things must end, and this last series lives up to the high standard of drama, twists and turns we enjoyed during the previous seasons. I miss the previous judge very much, but Laure and Gilou were an excellent team yet again. It is a very gritty and realistic series, not for the faint hearted, and does the Paris tourist board no favours, as it is centred around the seedier areas of the capital. The illegal immigrant problem is very serious, and danger lurks around every corner. One of the main characters was not a particularly pleasant person, yet various people did their best to help him. The ending was appropriate, and loose ends tied up. The subtitles were of a decent size in my opinion, but the end credits were so small that even by pausing the DVD there were illegible. I shall watch the previous seasons again, and remind myself of the interesting characters encountered in each series. On y va.
The 8 seasons of Spiral, spanning some 15 years, is an amazing French crime/police series set in those parts of Paris not on the normal tourist patch. Generally, throughout a serious theme is maintained, yet there are ironical moments. Excellent, the 8 series run their course. Great ending. great music for the end credits. If you need something similar yet with a more violent theme there are also the 4 seasons of Bracco.
Wonderful series maintained its' high standards of perfomance & production (& it kept us guessing) to the end. If you liked series 1-7 do not hesitate to get this last one. If you don't know "Spiral" then buy the ehtire series & settle down in front of the screen as Covid may be locking us down again this winter.
Whilst still a very challenging French production(s) The final episode seemed to have lost its earlier critical and powerful structures; plus some excellent actors-not seen on final DVD. Over the whole 8 productions it seemed that there was a decline in actual number of staff working in the police, probably after Series 4. Those police personnel, who did survive, maintained a very dramatic and engaging approach to their work. In conclusion: Most stimulating French style of production in terms of the visuals. One might hope that there will be something further which could follow the style and format of SPIRAL1-8.