Stingers : The Complete First Season (DVD)

The first series isn’t the best. It’s OK, but it wasn’t exactly a show you’d religiously dedicate yourself to week after week. The characters [back then] weren’t that interesting, and neither were the storylines


“Stingers : The Complete First Season”
Director: Various
Starring: Peter Phelps, Joe Petruzzi, Kate Kendall, Ian Stenlake, Anita Hegh, Jessica Napier.

It’s hard to impress Australians with cop shows, now, if only because they’ve been done to death. Sure, we’ve always been good at making them, and hardly any of them fail, but like anything, there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing.
What “Stingers” did is it roughed up the genre, and put a new edgy spin on it. Whilst shows like “Blue Heelers” and “Homicide” were – for the best part – squeaky clean boys-in-blue weekly mystery series’, this one reinvented the wheel by mixing it up a little. Basically, there was nothing ‘squeaky-clean’ about it at all. Everyone in it had their problems, everyone had a skeleton or two in their closet, and mysteries weren’t always resolved within a 42-minute time frame. In some respects, it felt realer, because of the ‘slightly stuffed up’ world it depicted.
Granted, the first series isn’t the best. It’s OK, but it wasn’t exactly a show you’d religiously dedicate yourself to week after week. The characters [back then] weren’t that interesting, and neither were the storylines. But later, about midway through the second season, they really hit their stride – characters became fleshier, episodes became more exciting, and audiences warmly accepted the ‘at home’ storylines of the leads.
Peter Phelps – playing the ringleader of a deep undercover unit of the Australian police – remained with the show until its final season, which is good, because he was definitely the best thing in it.

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Reviewer : Clint Morris