History Series / TheShadowLine

10th Jun '17 10:50:02 AM nombretomado
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It has been compared, inevitably, to ''TheWire'', being another GreyAndGrayMorality, FourLinesAllWaiting, cops 'n' robbers drama -- however, stylistically the two shows couldn't be more different. In contrast to ''TheWire'''s verisimilitude, ''The Shadow Line'' is stylised and [[FilmNoir Noir-ish]], with heavy symbolism and [[RealisticDictionisUnrealistic crafted dialogue]].

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It has been compared, inevitably, to ''TheWire'', ''Series/TheWire'', being another GreyAndGrayMorality, FourLinesAllWaiting, cops 'n' robbers drama -- however, stylistically the two shows couldn't be more different. In contrast to ''TheWire'''s ''The Wire'''s verisimilitude, ''The Shadow Line'' is stylised and [[FilmNoir Noir-ish]], with heavy symbolism and [[RealisticDictionisUnrealistic crafted dialogue]].
1st May '17 5:19:10 PM Rebu
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* NothingIsScarier: Near the end of Episode 4, [[spoiler:Ross heads home to what his boss refers to as a beautiful country cottage, where his wife is. We get some nice shots of him on his bike, riding though gorgeous countryside, and we already know Gatehouse has his address, so we know ''something's'' going to happen, and we're keyed up because of the BlatantLies above. And then Gatehouse kills him just offscreen. Literally right on the other side of a hill from the camera.]]

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* NothingIsScarier: Near the end of Episode 4, [[spoiler:Ross heads home to what his boss refers to as a beautiful country cottage, where his wife is. We get some nice shots of him on his bike, riding though gorgeous countryside, and we already know Gatehouse has his address, so we know ''something's'' going to happen, and we're keyed up because of the BlatantLies above. And then Gatehouse kills him just offscreen. Literally right on the other side of a hill from the camera. All we see is his car coming over the hill toward us with a broken mirror.]]
27th Apr '16 12:02:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Gatehouse, without a [[IncrediblyLamePun shadow]] of a doubt.
** BadassInANiceSuit, BadassLongcoat and BadassGrandpa also apply, as would Badass Trilby, if there were such a thing.
27th Apr '16 12:02:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins: Gatehouse, his allies, and Patterson are the only ones to truly come out of the series ahead. Patterson and Honey get promoted, Jay and Ratallack get their own drug smuggling empire and Gatehouse gets a new version of Counterpoint, with him clearly in control.]]

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* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins: Gatehouse, TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Gatehouse, his allies, and Patterson are the only ones to truly come out of the series ahead. Patterson and Honey get promoted, Jay and Ratallack get their own drug smuggling empire and Gatehouse gets a new version of Counterpoint, with him clearly in control.]]



** DragonInChief: While he isn't technically the BigBad, he's undoubtedly the main antagonist.
** [[spoiler:DragonAscendant: By the end of the series, he's killed his superiors and taken full control of Counterpoint, which he can run on his terms now.]]
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Jay Wratten takes Bede's place at the head of the food chain; Jonah Gabriel is shot by his partner, who's working for Gatehouse; Counterpoint gets renewed with Wratten and Ratallack; it all gets covered up; and Patterson makes it clear that he will be involved in Gabriel's son's life, albeit ostensibly as a protector.]]

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** * DragonInChief: While he isn't technically the BigBad, he's undoubtedly the main antagonist.
** [[spoiler:DragonAscendant: By * DragonAscendant: [[spoiler:By the end of the series, he's killed his superiors and taken full control of Counterpoint, which he can run on his terms now.]]
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Jay Wratten takes Bede's place at the head of the food chain; Jonah Gabriel is shot by his partner, who's working for Gatehouse; Counterpoint gets renewed with Wratten and Ratallack; it all gets covered up; and Patterson makes it clear that he will be involved in Gabriel's son's life, albeit ostensibly as a protector.]]



* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies: Gabriel is shot just before the end of the final episode. Bede is shot offscreen, after losing his will to live when his wife makes him give up on her. He could have defended himself against Jay, but chose not to.]]

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* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies: [[spoiler: Gabriel is shot just before the end of the final episode. Bede is shot offscreen, after losing his will to live when his wife makes him give up on her. He could have defended himself against Jay, but chose not to.]]



* [[spoiler:StatusQuoIsGod: Gabriel is shot for digging too deep. The generation of conspirators that have gone are simply replaced by their heirs and/or [[KlingonPromotion killers]]. Couterpoint is still going, but new people are starting to ask their own questions. The only substantive change to anything is that Patterson is getting a promotion.]]

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* [[spoiler:StatusQuoIsGod: Gabriel StatusQuoIsGod: [[spoiler:Gabriel is shot for digging too deep. The generation of conspirators that have gone are simply replaced by their heirs and/or [[KlingonPromotion killers]]. Couterpoint is still going, but new people are starting to ask their own questions. The only substantive change to anything is that Patterson is getting a promotion.]]
29th Jul '14 2:22:48 AM SeptimusHeap
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* JustifiedCriminal: Joseph Bede. He's just in the drugs business for one last job, the proceeds of which he'll use to pay for his wife's Alzheimer's treatment.



* SympatheticCriminal: Joseph Bede. He's just in the drugs business for one last job, the proceeds of which he'll use to pay for his wife's Alzheimer's treatment.
28th Aug '13 9:16:25 AM SeptimusHeap
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* OralFixationFixation:

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* OralFixationFixation: OralFixation:



** The effect of the smoking ban on the traditionally EverybodySmokes setting of the police station; see OralFixationFixation above.

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** The effect of the smoking ban on the traditionally EverybodySmokes setting of the police station; see OralFixationFixation OralFixation above.
11th Aug '13 2:28:18 PM Jonn
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* NothingIsScarier: Near the end of Episode 4, [[spoiler:Ross heads home to what his boss refers to as a beautiful country cottage, where his wife is. We get some nice shots of him on his bike, riding though gorgeous countryside, and we already know Gatehouse has his address, so we know ''something's'' going to happen, and we're keyed up because of the BlatantLies above. And then Gatehouse kills him just offscreen.]]

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* NothingIsScarier: Near the end of Episode 4, [[spoiler:Ross heads home to what his boss refers to as a beautiful country cottage, where his wife is. We get some nice shots of him on his bike, riding though gorgeous countryside, and we already know Gatehouse has his address, so we know ''something's'' going to happen, and we're keyed up because of the BlatantLies above. And then Gatehouse kills him just offscreen. Literally right on the other side of a hill from the camera.]]
18th Mar '13 2:32:18 AM johnnye
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* NothingIsScarier: Near the end of Episode 4, [[spoiler:Ross heads home to what his boss refers to as a beautiful country cottage, where his wife is. We get some nice shots of him on his bike, riding though gorgeous countryside, and we already know Greathouse has his address, so we know ''something's'' going to happen, and we're keyed up because of the BlatantLies above. And then Gatehouse kills him just offscreen.]]

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* NothingIsScarier: Near the end of Episode 4, [[spoiler:Ross heads home to what his boss refers to as a beautiful country cottage, where his wife is. We get some nice shots of him on his bike, riding though gorgeous countryside, and we already know Greathouse Gatehouse has his address, so we know ''something's'' going to happen, and we're keyed up because of the BlatantLies above. And then Gatehouse kills him just offscreen.]]
17th Mar '13 6:40:53 AM Austin
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* NothingIsScarier: Near the end of Episode 4, [[spoiler:Ross heads home to what his boss refers to as a beautiful country cottage, where his wife is. We get some nice shots of him on his bike, riding though gorgeous countryside, and we already know Greathouse has his address, so we know ''something's'' going to happen, and we're keyed up because of the BlatantLies above. And then Gatehouse kills him just offscreen.]]
30th Jan '13 4:32:13 PM johnnye
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* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Jonah Gabriel, ''Joseph'' Bede.
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:Gatehouse]] seeks bloody revenge on [[spoiler:his superiors in Counterpoint]] in the final episode, because they tried to have him killed.

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* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Jonah Gabriel, ''Joseph'' Joseph Bede.
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:Gatehouse]] seeks bloody revenge on [[spoiler:his superiors in Counterpoint]] in the final episode, because they [[ContractOnTheHitman tried to have him killed.killed]].
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