When a counterterrorism raid goes tragically wrong, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott refuses to participate in a cover-up. Ostracised by colleagues, he transfers to an anticorruption unit, AC-12, in the process of investigating one of the Force's most respected officers, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates. Not only has Gates just been awarded Officer of the Year, his squad has returned the best crime figures for three consecutive years. But can anyone really be that good? Arnott doesn't think so and soon he and Gates are embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse but as the stakes get higher it isn't just careers on the line it's lives.
On the negative side most of the acting is reasonable but not great, strangely the outstanding actor is the 10 year old who plays an utterly unlikeable character. The camera work is probably the worst I can remember and some of the plot lacks credibility. On the positive side when the plot is credible it is good, compared with the scandinavian crime drama multi-layered plots it is not so intricate or involved but still enough to make you want to watch the next episode. The police are depicted as being dense with deceit, committing purgery in court as a matter of course and conspiratorial to avoid trouble and enhance promotion. Not hard to imagine if a little clichéd. Jed Mercurio's interviews do not portray him as a person of any self-doubt, he does seem however to have a good skeleton of a plot. It could have had a final edit by someone with a little less confidence.