Did anyone else watch the pilot episode of “Low Winter Sun” last night? It’s a new crime drama, based in my hometown, Detroit. My Michigan friends have been buzzing about it.
The show aims to be “The Wire” of Detroit, and it got a lot right. Dark and gritty, last night’s story swerved with unexpected twists, and made great use of Detroit’s most post-apocalyptic scenery.
But, by the end of the episode, I wasn’t sure who I was supposed to be rooting for. The series hero, Frank Agnew, is a brooding cop who appears to be a combination of corrupt and gullible. He’s tricked into killing another cop, then is placed in charge of the subsequent homicide investigation. The strongest feeling I had toward Frank was the desire to see him arrested. The most likable character was the little-seen female Muslim detective. I hope we’ll see more of her – and other female characters – as the show continues. I’ll keep watching, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the series develops.
Here’s what other people are saying about the show, compiled by Deadline Detroit.