It’s super good, Brain 2. It’s better than the first season, which was, let’s remember, very successful. It’s a clever combination of a crime thriller, a psychological thriller and a so-called classic medical series.
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It’s speckled with twisted David Fincher stuff with a splash of Flight over a cuckoo’s nest and several puffs of levity, which allow the series to breathe and lower its anxiety levels.
On the menu of the first 5 episodes, which will appear Thursday on Tou.TV’s Extra: cut-out letters that form a threatening anagram, a dark web maniac who manipulates an unstable man, young women kidnapped and murdered, as well as heavy cases in the office of psychiatrist Henri Lacombe (François Papineau).
Now, before dissecting the plot, a big reminder is needed. Because the sequel brain present the tip of his nose three years after the release of the first chapter, in the dramatic summer of 2019 signed Richard Blaimert (Hubert and Fanny, new address) and co-directed by Guy Édoin and Catherine Therrien.
For those whose television memory fades after two days (good evening!), here is the flash summary of the first part of brain. So the psychologist Anne Beaulieu (Évelyne de la Chenelière), wife of the renowned psychiatrist Henri Lacombe (Claude Legault), mysteriously disappeared and the investigation concluded that there was a shooting. And who had shot Anne? His friend — cuckolded wife — Sophie Bérubé-Lacroix (Jacynthe René). It’s that Anne slept with Sophie’s husband, Minister Richard Lacroix (Gabriel Sabourin), an adulterer who shattered the life of Henri and his two grown children, William (Henri Picard) and Marine (Marianne Verville) .
Brain 2 restarts approximately six months after these tragic events. The transition between Claude Legault and François Papineau, who replaces him in the main role, takes place naturally, without breaking.
After a long journey of healing in Japan, Henri Lacombe (François Papineau) takes control of a) his destiny and b) his practice at the hospital.
Faster, his charged past catches up with him. Two young women were kidnapped, then killed, and police officer Simone Vallier (Christine Beaulieu) arrests someone in the entourage of Dr Lacombe.
At the same time, the trial of the alleged murderer Sophie Bérubé-Lacroix (Jacynthe René) is orchestrated, which brings back painful memories for the Lacombe family. Especially since William (Henri Picard) is now dating the daughter (Marguerite Bouchard) of Sophie (Jacynthe René), who killed her own mother (Évelyne de la Chenelière). You are still here ? cool.
Also, Brain 2 replace at the center of the story a former patient of the Dr Lacombe, the one played by the talented Alexis Martin. Do you remember him? His name was Jules Côté and he had been forcibly interned for five months. This solitary, alcoholic and deranged man, the trouble in spite of himself, it seems.
Micheline Lanctôt interprets the mother of Jules, who no longer swallows the lies of this sick son who has disappointed her for so long. This complex and gangrenous mother-son relationship leads to very intense scenes.
Another important reminder before you start viewing Brain 2 : Ludivine Reding and Antoine Desrochers played the incestuous twins Laure and Toby in the first season. On a softer note, pussy Ming Lee also returns.
The first episode of Brain 2 Roll fast and reframe the story promptly. I adore the investigator in Kanuk Simone Vallier and her partner Danno Boulianne (Olivier Gervais-Courchesne), who form a mismatched duo, more effective. Their sibling-like pecking softens the more gloomy moments of brain. These are perfect.
Among the new characters, there is a young father (excellent Frédéric Millaire-Zouvi) who suffers from enormous post-traumatic shock linked to his unconventional and confidential job. A bodyguard (Éric Robidoux) is also embedded in the portrait and Frédéric Pierre slips into the skin of the shrink consulted by Henri Lacombe.
The last five episodes of Brain 2 will land on Tou.TV’s Extra on Thursday, June 30. Those who do not subscribe to this paid service will see Brain 2 on Radio-Canada in September, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. The soap opera 5and interval moves on Mondays at 8 p.m. to the old time slot ofAnother story.
With me black sequence, brain if takes place in the middle of winter, a season that lasts six months and is rarely shown on Quebec TV. It’s refreshing (LOL) to see those snowstorm sequences and characters leaving clouds of condensation when talking outside. Especially when the Humidex is about to explode and our air conditioners are coughing like they’ve caught COVID-19.