Corruption. That’s the word at the heart of Line of Duty season 5, though you could go ahead and transpose that across the entirety of the series.
It is curious in so many ways how many of us take a larger look at that word. Typically when we have a discussion about police investigating police on TV, they’re thought of as the bad guys, the ultimate party-poopers ready to spoil the fun for everyone else. They keep the roguish cops in line who are out to get justice by any means necessary. Yet, within Line of Duty the members of AC-12 are actually thought of as the heroes. This is what has allowed this show to be such a hit — it’s taking an up-close look at corruption and, perhaps most importantly, acknowledges its existence. Not all cops are good cops. The moment we accept that is the moment the streets start to be a little bit safer.
This season, the cards are stacked against AC-12 after they find themselves in one of their most-precarious investigations yet. It’s one thing to be investigating a cop; it’s another altogether when you’re dealing with someone like John Corbett — in theory, he’s there to make sure that organized crime is minimized. Yet, there’s something about this man that feels like he’s more of a cog in an evil cause, someone who can direct those within his unit to run afoul of the law. There may be suspicions about him and those close to him throughout the season, but if you’re a cop, you probably know a thing or two about how to cover up a crime. That’s what makes this particular season of the show so exciting; the stakes are higher as you’re dealing with people who can cover things up faster than they can be investigated.
While there are only six episodes in a given season, next week is just the second episode. Because of that, don’t expect anyone within AC-12 to be all that close to answers just yet. They’re still laying the groundwork for what’s coming up and seeing them prepare to try and achieve their larger goals. It’s a methodical approach to stopping corrupt cops, but the problem is that with the speed in which information is leaking, can the good guys really find a way to keep their pace? Is this going to be moving too close to the speed of sound … or at least the speed of a siren?
Below, the Line of Duty season 5 episode 2 synopsis that CarterMatt has for you offers up some more insight regarding what lies ahead next week:
Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) attempt to track down a lead … A fresh police leak enables another audacious raid, while Steve’s attempts to gather information put him in a dangerous situation.
After waiting for so long to even get season 5, waiting for a single week for another episode doesn’t feel all that bad … or does it? Once the boulders get rolling on the story this season, it’s going to be hard to slow them down, even for seven days’ time.
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