So I am a sucker for a good old fashioned cop show, c’mon who isn’t? I think it dates back to watching The Bill at nights with my family as a child, in retrospect that may not have been the best idea. As I grew up I got into S.V.U and the C.S.I shows, then The Wire, my tastes where getting darker and darker, I really needed a show that had some of this edge but was still more light hearted. About a year ago I got my answer when I was introduced to a new show, Cracked. Cracked follows the newly formed Psych Crimes Unit within a Canadian police department led by experienced SWAT officer Detective Aidan Black (David Sutcliffe). This unique team of police officers and psychiatrists respond to bizarre and frightening crises and solve compelling cases involving emotionally disturbed criminals, victims and witnesses.
As you can see yes it’s a procedural police show with a twist, I am sure a lot of people are sick of these, but it’s still a good watch. In a world where we are starting to understand that psychiatric disorders are more and more common, especially among criminals, a show looking into that aspect is quite fascinating.
The Cast is as follows :
David Sutcliffe (Gilmore Girls and Private Practice) as Detective Aidan Black, a former SWAT he was involved in two justified fatal shootings that cause him to have a mental break down prior to the start of the series.
Stefanie von Pfetten (Battle Star Galactica and Percy Jackson) as psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley. Prior to the series Daniella held a very prestigious job but leaves it due to personal reasons, and helps to set up this unit to help people who are vulnerable but not necessarily dangerous.
Luisa D’Oliveira (50/50, Secret Circle and Hellcat’s) as Detective Poppy Wisnefski. The young cop of the team who is looking to climb the ladder up to the Homicide squad.
Dayo Ade (Lost and Charmed )as Leo Beckett, a calm and compassionate psychiatric nurse from inner city emergency rooms and urban mental hospitals, he plays the perfect foil to his partner Poppy.
Karen LeBlanc (Shattered and Beauty and the Beast) as Inspector Diane Caligra, with Dr. Ridley, she set up the Unit and oversees its operation solving any case where an Emotionally Disturbed Person is involved. After becoming concerned with Aiden Black and recognising he has symptoms of PTSD but not wanting to waste him as a police officer, she transfers him to the unit and asks Dr. Ridley to “watch” over him.
As of season two Stefanie von Pfetten has been written out, much to our annoyance and Brooke Nevin as psychiatrist Dr. Clara Malone, had been added to the cast, so far she seems to be a great fit, we have high hopes for her.
My final love for the series is the fact that not only is it Canadian made the series is also set in Canada. It gives it a different feel, a nice vibe letting it stand apart from more established shows like Law and Order or C.S.I.
The show is fresh, fun and it’s nice for once to show regularly that sometimes the perpetrators are victims as well.