19 January 2018 | dromasca
some of the best private eyes are women
Women can do everything men can do and do most of these better. I am a sincere believer in the (almost) absolute truth of this saying. Applying it to the TV series 'Landing on Their Feet ' ('Noflot al haRaglayim') whose first season was premiered by one of the principal commercial TV stations in Israel in 2017 we can state the following. Women can be excellent private eyes. Women can make good detective TV series. 'Landing on Their Feet' was created by Ruti Rudner, directed by Ayelet Menahemi, and the lead roles are being trusted to Mili Avital (who has a small Hollywood fame) and Shani Cohen (of local fame, especially in comic roles, but doing something different here). The result is pretty satisfying.
Avraham (husband of Dana - Mili Avital) a.k.a. Avi (lover of Hanit - Shani Cohen) is a private investigator who suddenly disappears leaving his wife in dept, his lover and partner detective on her own, his son without his fatherly presence. We never see him actually until the last episode, but his absence and the search of the two women - the wife and the lover, now partners in the detective agency - after him is the recurring theme of the season. Down the road, during the nine episodes, we shall see the friendship and rivalry between the two women developing, the family of Dana breaking and rebuilding itself, and a few rather minor detective cases will be solved with humor, luck and intuition while the overall building of the main story finds its solution in the last episode.
I liked these series. Without reaching any records or asking for superlatives, 'Landing on Their Feet' succeeds to build credible situations on a background that we can recognize, its characters are likeable and we care about them, and the story gradually builds itself towards a solution that is satisfying both from a detective story logic as well as from a psychological point of view. Although it does not completely avoid the stereotypes (the ethnicity of the characters, or in the episodes filmed abroad) the style of Ayelet Menahemi is enough light and humorous to make us take those at their right proportions. The two lead actresses develop in a very credible manner their roles, and the chemistry between them works well. I do not know if a second season is in planning, but I would not mind seeing the continuation.