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'Waking The Dead - Complete Season Seven'
(Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Wil Johnson, Tara Fitzgerald, Holly Aird, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2013 / BBC Video)

Overview: In the six stories DSI Boyd and his Cold Case Squad enter the visceral worlds of international terrorism private military contractors the penal system and sex offenders Navajo rituals people trafficking and neo Nazi politics to close more previously unsolved cases. Boyd's son, missing for seven years also makes a surprise reappearance.

DVD Verdict: I love this show, truly love it so the review could easily be biast. That said, it stands alone as a compeling work of BBC crime that it really doesn't need me telling you how good it is - you should know already!

This seventh season breaks down as follows: two (2) episodes in two (2) parts on each of the three (3) discs. As always, they highly intense and chock full of action, drama and Boydisms! With episodes tight with such fine bouts of acting (especially in 'Duty & Honour,' great writing and wonderful direction, 'Waking The Dead' is still telling it like it is.

The six (6) two-part episodes are: 'Missing Persons,' 'Sins,' 'Duty and Honour,' 'Skin,' 'Wounds' and finally 'Pieta.' I will chat about three of these episodes as my stand-outs, which then allows you to discover the others at your own time and pace. My favorite of the pack is the aforementioned 'Duty & Honour,' where a dog finding a skeletonized hand in the woods leads us down a highly political, and army-trodden path. And don't tune out come the end as the last 10 seconds are so out of nowhere it'll make you stand and applaud!

The season opener, 'Missing Persons' finds Boyd a lot calmer, losing a relationship back to America, but seemingly content with his being. He has shorter hair, now just has the facial hair of a trim goatee, and is looking thiner, more gaunt in the face also. As for the story line, well, a woman saves a mugger from getting electrified on the train tracks, but doesn't hang around for the thanks. Turns out she has a history that unravels before our very eyes and includes sex kidnappings and political dealings.

In 'Sins,' Boyd's search for his missing son is as fraught as ever, but he gets closer come the end. Before that though a house invasion goes seemingly wrong when the victim is beheaded. But does his daughter, who left the house before it happened know more than she is saying? When the head shows up seven year later the search is on for the killer - and the focus is on two gay guys from prison. As for who the real killer is, well, if you watch enough of these you know who it is as soon as they take to the screen! That said, it's a great two hour journey to get it correctly revealed, of course. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.