Melilla. Nowadays. A nighttime police operation ends successfully after weeks of preparation. One more step to encircle jihadist terrorism that takes a surprise: they have captured the most wanted terrorist leader.
This is how ‘La Unidad’ begins, the new Movistar + police series that arrives this coming Friday with the signature of Dani de la Torre and Alberto Marini, who have already collaborated on ‘The Unknown’, as creators and with the claim to show a reality ” rarely shown. ”
This reality is that of the work of the General Information Commissariat and the Unit for the fight against international terrorism on which we will focus during the six episodes of a fast-paced police thriller that takes us throughout Spain and abroad.
And a job that they have been able to see first-hand and have the advice of the Police, which translates into a feeling of realism that overwhelmingly permeates every scene in the series and the approach of the plot. Without this, eye, is at odds with the spectacle of the action, achieving a good balance in this regard.
The importance of the team
One of the things that most strikes me in ‘La unidad’ is no longer this trustworthy representation, but the great chorality of the series. We may have Nathalie Poza as the curator Carla and Michel Noher as Marcos one of her best men and husband in separation proceedings, but we are not facing a team of a star and then undefined characters.
Thus, from the beginning, there is room for each member of this “unit” to stand out in their specialty. There we have, for example, the good roles of Sergio (Luis Zahera), Miriam (Marian Álvarez), Ramón (Carlos Blanco) or Roberto (Raúl Fernández) each having their moment in which their role is relevant to solving the puzzle that presents itself with the terrorist threat in Spain.
Furthermore, we meet ordinary characters in the sense that they are ordinary little heroes. In ‘La unidad’ we will not find destructive or simply ambiguous antiheroes or characters. There are ambitious people, those willing to play on slippery terrain, there is a certain power game a little “rough” with Carla and her boss (Fele Martínez), etc., but, in general, they retain a certain integrity.
And that they are “white”, so to speak, do not make them simple. There is the patina of reality that shines the brightest in the series, which we try to keep grounded at all times. However, I think that the series falters a lot when it enters the family life of Carla and Marcos (the communion of their daughter to me personally has been left over).
A series anchored in its realism
Of course, we cannot work the characters without getting into these areas. Obviously, if we assume this truthfulness, we cannot expect a non-stop of adrenalitic situations one after another or that the characters never disconnect from their work, but I think that the approach has not been entirely correct.
What I have missed is an increase in tension as the fence is closed and the terrorist villain is investigated. I have not felt that calm before the storm and that has taken me out in more than one moment of the series. Which does not mean, in turn, that we do not have shocking moments throughout these six episodes. There are, and very successful.
I do not know if it is because we have been advancing by leaps and bounds in national fiction and how to make the series today, but with these six episodes of ‘La unidad’ the body asks for something more. In short, Dani de la Torre and Alberto Marini have signed a solvent thriller whose approach to anti-terrorist police work is as interesting as it is riddled with certain ups and downs.