25 September 2020 | CarsonTrent
Interesting premise with disturbing undertones
A series which is more disturbing than entertaining, but which keeps your attention due to its well chosen lead actress and subject matter. I've seen Karine Vanasse before, in the more glossy but with lesser core content "Cardinal". She's perfect for this part.
Basically the main character (explosives expert in the army) inherits a paramilitary company from her late (possibly murdered) father and discovers little by little how grey the World of politics really is. Blue Moon is a company born in sin which does dirty work for the Canadian Secret Service.
The first season is a bit melodramatic in dealing with Justine's investigation into her father's murder, but also with the company's involvement in drug sales and money laundering to support opponents of ISIS.
The second season is more intense as it deals with the Secret Service trying to undermine a professor which is denouncing the Neo Liberal agenda which we are currently experiencing all over the World (in the vein of Noam Chomsky). However, smart as he is, the professor doesn't realize that all of his closest collaborators are actually radicalized Algerians with their own stereotypical (in Western productions) agendas.
Season 3 deals with the upcoming conflicts between countries over water. I found this one the most eloquent.
Acting is mostly OK. Action sequences are a bit static, without much stunt work being done (which is a pity for such a subject matter). Eric Bruneau (Milan) was not the best casting choice. He has three facial expressions in his tool box and as much as he tries to be multi-layered, it feels as his character is a missed opportunity for such a pivotal role. Caroline Dhavernas looks out of place and is completely unbelievable as an ex military (even for the intelligence division). David La Haye playing Vincent Morel, fixer for the Canadian Government is fantastic.
All in all a satisfying watch and treatment of a tricky truth seeing as it basically describes what governments do nowadays: outsource their dirty work to uncountable private contractors which also get everybody involved extremely rich and which help create a tense general state of affairs in which the citizen unconsciously turns towards Government for hope further solidifying its position of control. The illusion of change every 5 years and underground "business" going on unhindered. Handled by the likes of Blue Moon. And skilled puppet masters.