19-2. You may think that’s an odd title for a series. As a matter of explanation, 19-2 is the number of the police car where two opposite personalities are partnered up at a Montreal Police Department station. Nick Barron, whose former partner was shot and gravely injured, is paired with a newly transferred Ben Chartier from the north country. You’ll be doing ride alongs in the back seat of their patrol car as well as the cars of other cops in the station.
I’ll preface this review by saying I was once married to a Detroit Police Officer for three short years back in the early 1970’s. I am quite familiar with the drama that being a cop can bring into personal relationships, and this television series will immerse you into the same type of drama from rocky relationships, wife beaters, alcoholics, infidelity, and a host of other emotional baggage that comes with the job.
To add to the interest of this particular series, the audience is part of their daily routines in a city that isn’t exactly a cop-loving environment. They deal with the same community problems of being accused of being too rough, having their calls taped on cell phones, complaints of not doing enough or doing too much, etc. Frankly, it’s not often they can do anything right except save someone’s life when needed.
The show also, like most police stories, deals with corruption in the department. Station 19 has a mole. Whenever there’s a raid, police are either in a trap or the criminals are long gone ahead of time. The story weaves in and out of that storyline, along with the personal lives – one policeman an alcoholic, one going through a divorce, one beats his wife, and love affairs left and right. Beware this is graphic sexual content throughout the show with minutes of rutting from front to rear and naked bodies (sorry to be so graphic as the content but that’s how it is). If that turns you off, then don’t turn it on. After three episodes, I was frankly sick of seeing it. In addition, the team often beat up each other because they can’t deal with their anger. Also, the “F” word is used often.
Emotions run high in this series. If you’re curious about day-to-day lives of police on the street, it’s a must-see. If you have any prejudice against police beforehand, you probably won’t like it at all. For me, it hit home, having been married to an unfaithful and alcoholic policeman for three years. I know the stress of the job because it’s up front and quite personal. Yes, I loved the man in spite of having to iron his uniform shirts. While on duty, he met someone else, and my ride-along in his life ended with a broken heart.