Saturday, September 24, 2011

Influences from TV: Cra$h and Burn

Everything that has influenced my webcomic Detective Fausto

Cra$h and Burn was a Canadian tv show that only last a season, but what a season. The series mixes dark comedy, drama, romance and crime perfectly.

The lead character Jimmy Burn (Luke Kirby) is an insurance adjuster working for “Protected” that wants to be the company’s private eye. Soon we see how many corruption Jimmy has to lead with it, in and out of the company. He also has to lead with the Russian mafia, his fiancée Lucia, who doesn’t know about his past, and the company’s lawyer Catherine. Jimmy was a juvenile delinquent, and is trying to forget the past and have a normal life, but the police and old friendships keep him away from his goal. In 13 episodes we watch Jimmy get beaten, threaten, fired, re hired, and getting deeper in criminals dealings. While planning his wedding to Lucia. There is a love triangle with the lawyer Catherine, a divorce with addiction problems, who sometimes seems to understand Jimmy better than anyone

The dark humor comes from mocking the Insurance Industry and their hypocrisy. Being set in Canada the series shows a cultural diversity different from the US shows. “Cra$h and Burn” had great performances, interesting storylines and a wonderful soundtrack. If you have the chance to see it, do it. It’s a gem.

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