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Channel 514: The Shore as Toronto's bedroom

Posted by MP / May 11, 2007

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I caught the rerun of the first episode of Durham County, the Movie Network's six-part miniseries about dark and terrible things happening in suburbia last night and couldn't help thinking that, as dark and terrible as the things that happen are, that Canadian flavour is still as thick as maple syrup. Which can often be a dark and terrible thing itself, TV-watching-wise.

The series is unquestionably dark and bleak, and the acting isn't half-bad, even if the characters are clichéd. It helps that Hugh Dillon, Hard Core Logo's Joe Dick, is the lead as Mike Sweeney, a world-weary homicide detective (is there any other kind?) with emotional baggage, a dead partner, a wife recovering from breast cancer and two daughters. The three murders in his first week on the job also complicate things-not to mention the fact that his neighbour is one bad-ass dude from Sweeney's past and can get very volatile when muttering about his failed hockey career.

There is a palpable self-consciously darkness to the show, which makes viewing at times wearisome. Unlike The Sopranos, with its brilliant malapropisms, or Deadwood, with comic relief in the form of casual physical and verbal abuse and stunning profanity, DH doesn't let up, and shows little signs that it will. I can handle watching three skull-crush murders and even attempted necrophilia, but come on. If TV isn't fun, it isn't worth watching.

There is room for humour: according to my wife, who grew up on the shores of Lake Simcoe, some of the good and godly Durham folk tried to have Harry Potter banned from their schools, fearing no doubt that filling children's heads with stories about witchcraft and wizardry would detract from the usual approved teen pastimes of hockey, drunk driving and date rape.

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