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'Waking The Dead - The Complete Season Six'
(Trevor Eve, et al / 3-Disc / Not Rated / 2012 / BBC Home Video)

Overview: Season Six of 'Waking the Dead' continues on for the gang, but the death of DS Mel Silver still haunts DCI Boyd of this hardened Cold Case Unit. Indeed, the already intense DCI Boyd is clearly rocked by the loss of a valuable team member even more after this time, which means both Grace and Spence have to pick up the slack; and pieces on more than one occasion.

DVD Verdict: As powerful and as tautly tense as ever, the team are back in the sixth season of ‘Waking The Dead.’ The only trouble I have with this season is that Boyd (Trevor Eve) is SO loud, SO angry, SO bullheaded that it tends to make you shrink away from the screen whenever he’s on one of his MANY loud rants! Anyway, in ‘Wren Boys,’ after a false (trick) start, the sport of illegal bare knuckle fighting is front and center. The Wren Boys fighting, as it turns out, is a Celtic tradition, but when it unearths a tragedy from years before, Boyd and his team wade in. In ’Deus Ex Machina,’ a Holy skull has to be located and returned to His Excellency, who is on hunger strike having sown his own mouth shut tight! Boyd’s squad get called a “bunch of misdirected misfits,” which gets his back up, of course!

In ‘The Fall,’ we flashback to 1992, before coming on 15 years to modern day (when this sixth season was first filmed!), and two skeletons are found in an old house be renovated. As the investigation seems to put the deaths at the hands of a bygone era of tragedy, it soon becomes clear that Opus Day is involved. With London described as “the biggest crooked casino in the world,” the ending is very powerful and not to be missed. In ‘Mask of Sanity,’ a serial killer from the past seems to reveal himself - but is not taken seriously! An old children’s home has a history of some killings, and now the old boys are being killed off in the modern day.

In ‘Double Bind,’ Dr. Foley and Boyd have little face time due to a MASSIVE run in during the prior episode. Taking time off, having told him he was “isolated and unloved” (well done, that woman - about bloody time!), Boyd finds himself doing her side of things in the interrogation room. The twist in this trippy tale of a man suffering from flashback hallucinations to a time when he killed his parents isn’t that unpredictable, but is good, nonetheless. In the final episode of the series, ‘Yahrzeit,’ the story of Russian immigrants in the old days and the killing of a young girl in 1945, come together to bring us a doozy of a last spin on the ‘Waking The Dead’ wheel of investigation. The whole entire episode is thought provoking and powerful to watch. Involving the Third Reich and their dreams of a “New Future,” based on true stories (undoubtedly), the episode is amazing to watch unfold. These are all Widescreen Presentations (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.