14 January 2021 | Coventry
Where were you when the lights went out in Belgium?
Well, this Flemish TV-series sets at least one world record. It features the most unrealistic and absurd storyline AND simultaneously also the most realistic and truthful storyline in one and the same plot! How special is that? The idea of specially trained mercenaries breaking into a nuclear plant and steal a barrel of toxic waste in order to sell to Middle Eastern terrorists is downright implausible and ludicrous. However, the other part of the story, with incompetent Belgian politicians being unable to solve an energy crisis because they are too busy backstabbing each other and founding new alliances in secret, now that is extremely factual in this country!
The series begins promising enough, with the power failing in whole of Belgium - hence "blackout" - and the female prime minister receiving a video of her kidnapped daughter and a warning. It looks like the work of politically engaged environmentalists at first, but tough copper Dendoncker discover it's a much bigger threat to our national security.
"Black-Out" is a very adequately made series, and stars many elite (in Flanders, that is) actors and actresses, but in quality it cannot compare with the reasonably long list of surprisingly great series that were made in this country over the past few years, like "Beau Séjour", "The Day", "Tabula Rasa" or "Undercover". The script contains too many weaknesses and minor holes, and most of the episodes simply don't have enough action or suspense.