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The TV Series
  • Base Breaker: Series 4. It was assumed that losing Robert Sheehan as Darren would be a radical change for the show, but what wasn't predicted was how much the overall writing would change. While every individual episode was still of a high quality the overall shape of the series was utterly aimless: plot after plot was brought in and then pushed away before anything of consequence came of it. Character after character was implied to be about to do something important and then killed off without consequence before that could happen. This could be forgiven if the new cast of Garda officers were interesting, but they were basically everyone's least favourite part of the show; the heavily-advertised presence of Brian F. O'Byrne proved to be wasted as well on an especially flat character. The only thing that happened in the series that will actually matter in the long run is that Siobhán has decided to betray Nidge. Other than that the whole season gave many the impression it was the first half of a longer story.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Nidge's wedding.
  • Designated Hero: Darren. Over the course of the series, despite saying that he wants to get out of crime, performs more and more criminal acts, even he kills John Boy and it's no longer necessary. Rosie even finally notices this and leaves him for good at the end of the second series.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Nidge at first, then Fran.
  • Fountain of Memes
  • Genius Bonus: Every character in the show shows a preference for the Glock, except in the opening scene, when Bobby gets shot by a masked man with a Beretta. It's only later in the series, we see Hughie carry one a scene or two before he's revealed as Bobby's killer.
  • Growing the Beard: Series 1 had its wings clipped by RTE in pre-production, fearing the grimness they were aiming for would drive viewers away. As a result it's poorly paced, padded, occasionally quite goofy (especially at Nidge's wedding) and the characters' personalities were a bit vague. Series 2 corrected these problems and dug deeper into the culture of crime. Series 3 upped its game to the point that pundits were no longer adding the suffix "for an Irish show" to their praise.
    • The casting improved as the series progressed too, with actors looking less like they walked out of a car insurance commercial.
    • Many would argue that with Rosie gone, the Romantic Plot Tumor that existed in the first two seasons is no longer restricting the main plot to being about Darren and Rosie's relationship.
  • Misaimed Fandom: It's reported that actual criminals love this show, many of them sitting down on a Sunday night to watch it. In prison
  • Moral Event Horizon: Fran digs up the body of his rival's mother and pisses on her corpse.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Fran, who was a hammy villain in Series 2, became the very bleak comic relief in Series 3 and was much better for it, basically becoming the new Ensemble Darkhorse since Nidge became the main focus of the show.
  • The Woobie: Luke.
    • Tommy and, by extension, Siobhan, once Tommy gets brain damage. Tommy is reduced to a Man Child who ends up periodically bleeding from his ears as a result of brain damage and Siobhan is driven to being an emotional wreck dealing with Tommy's issues.

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