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Who will take the crown of District 31?

I saw the first episodes ofIndefensible. I saw the first episodes of CONDITION. Verdict, diagnosis? In this epic war of the 7pm daily series, which begins on Monday night, neither TVA nor Radio-Canada lose their case or abandon their patient.

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Here are two well-paced and impactful series, each of which provokes strong adrenaline rushes. It is clear that I will follow both. There is no choice, your honor. Because at the moment, there is no title that crushes another.

I would say, though, that the first four episodes ofIndefensible explode like dynamite on the screen. The editing is super choppy, effective and the plot falls apart at full speed.

22 minutes into the first episode ofIndefensible, there’s a home invasion, a teen rape, a shooting death, insane twin brothers, a police officer charged with road rage, and a very sleazy psychiatrist, not to mention the entire Lapointe-MacDonald law firm employee showing up at the heart of the series, as well as their counterparts in court. Great feat of the team of writers -there are eight- and without missteps in this complex television ballet.

And it seems that TVA has spent months polishing these four half hours like a precious stone. The shooting, almost all outdoors, took place in February, with a lot of snow and the Siberian cold. It’s also confusing to see Sébastien Delorme’s character, criminal lawyer Léo MacDonald, get out of his car in front of an industrial warehouse in the dead of winter, in the middle of nowhere.





It’s like being in the parking lot of the (fire) station District 31. The same long black coat, the same car shots, the same aerial footage of Montreal, it’s impressive.

the team challengeIndefensible will keep up this restless pace.

Like in District 31, Indefensible it slides small files into larger ones, which are spread over more than a week. The plotted story around psychiatrist Martin Charbonneau (Christian Bégin) hooks us and leaves us with a big surprise in Thursday’s episode, a classic District 31 to stir up speculation over the weekend.

CONDITION however, he has the most powerful weapon to go to war, the actress Suzanne Clément, better than his rival Sébastien Delorme. She shines in the “bushes” of Emmanuelle St-Cyr, a dedicated and committed ER doctor, borderline police investigator, who runs on adrenaline. Furthermore, to deeply immerse viewers in this hospitable universe, the first four episodes of CONDITION they will last one hour each, an idea proposed by Luc Dionne, revealed the producer Fabienne Larouche. This is to show you how much TVA and Radio-Canada are betting on their 7pm foals

CONDITION also opens with great drama, the sudden death of D’s spouseD Emmanuelle St-Cyr, who will experience her duel very badly. As for the narration, CONDITION approaches Grey’s Anatomy what of District 31. Unlike Luc Dionne, who focused on police cases, author Marie-Andrée Labbé highlights the personal lives of Montreal Saint-Vincent Hospital employees, who regularly host well-watered dinners.





besides the DD St-Cyr, the core of friends-colleagues brings together psychiatrist Philippe Dupéré (Patrick Labbé), surgeon Isabelle Granger (Geneviève Schmidt) and beneficiary assistant Éric Perron (Stéphane Rousseau). As you can imagine, there’s hospital romance and special medical cases, shall we say. The first episodes contain a psychotic patient hearing voices on the intercom, agitated people in the Ativan, teenagers shooting in broad daylight, and an attack on a nurse in “mandatory overtime”, the famous TSO.

Indefensible sticks more to the formula with twists of District 31. The defense lawyers, made up of Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Nour Belkhiria and Michel Laperrière, are conducting investigations in parallel, driving the action in unexpected directions. I love the Crown prosecutor, M.me Sonia Cadet, played by Marilyse Bourke, who regularly fights with her eternal rival Léo MacDonald (Sébastien Delorme), a self-assured criminal lawyer with integrity. Of course, any series of avocados comes with a bad apple, Mme Frédéric Legrand (Martin David Peters), who hangs out with the wrong crowd and who has a shitty character, let’s not be afraid of words. On the competition show, Isabelle Blais inherits the role of the ugly hospital director.

CONDITION is packed with well-defined supporting characters, including fiery ER doctor Jacob Faubert (Lou-Pascal Tremblay), devoted nurse Sophia St-Jean (Ludivine Reding), gossipy physical therapist (Pascale Renaud-Hébert), rigid director of services professionals Pascal St Cyr (Normand D’Amour) and the unbalanced social worker (Virginie Ranger-Beauregard).

WeatherIndefensible plunges into heavy topics, CONDITION he sprays his scenes more with lighter bubbles, which relax the atmosphere.

This perfect balance between jokes and intense drama has pushed District 31 on top. For now, and with its darker aspect, Indefensible bet more on electroshock, while CONDITIONfrom a brighter poster, it advances towards an in-depth exploration of the psychological defects of its protagonists.

And who will put on his head the precious golden crown of District 31 ? Difficult to predict. The custom of listening to a newspaper at 7 pm has been around for 30 years at Radio-Canada. For its part, Quebecor has invested heavily in cross-promotingIndefensiblewhich even got a headline on Pierre-Olivier Zappa’s 10pm TVA Nouvelles.

Sure there will be curiosity and zapping in the first weeks. So viewers, due to lack of time or interest, will opt for doctors, lawyers or both, why not, long live the tape recorders and catch up!

For the curious, STAT means “immediately, immediately” in medical parlance. Like: intubate your STAT! Inject him with a STAT tranquilizer! Stop this columnist from writing questionable legal and hospital analogies AT ONCE!

Message received. This section ends here STAT!


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