Janet King: The Enemy Within (Acorn TV 2014-Present)

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Airing from down under is Australian television show Janet King, now streaming on Acorn TV through my Amazon subscription. Marta Dusseldorp, when not filming A Place to Call Home, plays a prosecutor.  After returning from maternity leave, having twins with her partner, she is thrown back into work and struggles to adjust.

At one point Janet King is called a dyke in the show by another employee, which frankly shocked me. Eventually the character apologized. However, that was not the only ill-spoken reference to Janet’s lifestyle during the series. Be warned, you may see and hear a lot of prejudice aired and spoken on the subject of lesbianism.

Apparently the term for one in her position is a “crownie.”  No she’s not drinking a king of beer or eating a baked good.  Crownies are solicitors who get to wear those funny wigs in court like they do in the U.K.  Frankly, as a U.S. citizen, I really think the attorneys in the states should wear wigs just to humble them a bit.  Can you imagine Perry Mason going to court with a wig on his head?  Well, maybe not.

The series focuses on a controversial case involving a senior ranking police officer and the corruption that is ripe within the judicial system and police involving child pornography. It is filled with court scenes, office politics, political bullies, gay prejudice, criminals, and victims.  I should warn you, however, that the story about child pornography can be disturbing as well as child sexual abuse. It’s not for the faint of heart.  However, as Janet King digs deeper into the mire and uncovers the truth, it stirs up a bees’ nest of nastiness and danger.

I wouldn’t say that the show is as gripping as some others, on the other hand I wouldn’t put it on the shelf and bypass it either.  You may find it intriguing as the layers are peeled back and the culprits are revealed in this sad story of exploited children. Unfortunately, I do think they overstep the boundaries of the subject by showing pictures of children semi-dressed found on a porn website and also a voice clip of a man sexually abusing a child and the little girl’s reaction. If you’ve ever experienced the horror of being violated as a young girl, this could very well trigger a response. Be careful.

As usual, the down under accents are comforting to my American ears, mate.  It’s worth the watch if you’re into this type of office politics, legal mumbo jumbo, and court drama.

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