Detective Forst (2024) Season 1 Review – A not-so-average crime drama, perfect for a one time watch

Season 1

 

 

Episode Guide

Episode 1 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 3.5/5

 

In Detective Forst, a serial killer wreaks havoc at the Poland-Slovakia border, sending shockwaves through the entire city. Called to the murder scene is Detective Wiktor Forst, the city’s Sherlock Holmes. Life throws Wiktor a curveball, and he’s pulled off the case; he teams up with Olga Szrebska, a freelance journalist.

Detective Forst sounds like a typical crime drama, but it’s not. By the time the six-episode Netflix miniseries wraps up, all your assumptions go out the window. To simplify, Detective Forst is a rollercoaster of “What just happened?” leaving you with a bunch of unanswered questions. You’ll find yourself glued to your screen, trying to put the pieces together to make sense of the puzzle.

The series begins with a murder that took place in the Tatra Mountains, which is situated on the Polish border. The frozen corpse of a middle-aged man is found hanging from a tower in the middle of a freezing mountain. Detective Wiktor Forst gets assigned to the case, the best in town, but also someone with a disturbing record. Following the second murder, Wiktor is taken off the case because of departmental politics and someone else pulling the strings.

Hereafter, Wiktor forms a partnership with journalist Olga and finds his way to reach the killer. For the first couple of episodes, the show seems to follow a pretty standard plot, but from episode 3 onwards, things turn personal for Wiktor. The investigation takes a detour into Wiktor’s own life, making it all the more interesting. We also discover the shocking connection between the elusive killer and our detective extraordinaire. The cat-and-rat race between the killer and Wiktor doesn’t stop there; it goes from interesting to downright gripping, making you root for Wiktor while questioning every move in this twisted chess game.

Wiktor is a typical middle-aged man with a rocky childhood. He has a habit of coloring outside the lines, working beyond the protocol every chance he gets. Anger issues and a past that still haunts him are Wiktor’s definition of career complications. As for the antagonist, they aren’t just killing people for fun, but they have a motive or plural.

The series is set against the breathtaking backdrops of Poland and Slovakia, turning the landscapes into a character of their own. The director duo, Daniel Jaroszek and Leszek Dawid, make use of stunning time lapses that paint a vivid picture of the surroundings. Kudos to the Director of Photography (DOP) for capturing some of these shots – from the frantic stair scene in episode 5 to the POV from the ropeway in episode 3.

Editing also fills big shoes, especially in the climax. There’s a scene where cops are driving down a pitch-black road at night, and the use of cinematic dissolve there is excellent. In addition, the background music is fair and suitably fitting throughout the series. The actors nail their part as well, especially Borys Szyc, who crushes it as Forst.

The show has its good moments, but overall, it could’ve been polished to really make us connect with the characters by the end. Detective Forst is alright for a one-time watch if you’re just looking to pass the time, but it doesn’t leave a lasting impression on your mind.


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