Wednesday, May 30, 2018

EAST WEST 101, Series 2

Tackling thorny themes in today’s complex world, Acorn TV features the DVD debut of the gritty and cinematic crime series EAST WEST 101, Series 2 on May 29, 2018. Set around the Major Crime Squad in metropolitan Sydney, Australia, this thrilling series is based upon the experiences of actual detectives in a crime unit in Sydney’s western suburbs and deals with the clashes of culture, socio-economic statuses, and religious tension in Australia. Winner of an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), Logie Award, and two Australian Film Institute awards for ‘Best Television Drama Series’; a Silver Logie award for Best Actor for Don Hany, among several others, East West 101 portrays the complex dynamics of a multicultural society in a realistic and riveting way. The DVD 2-Disc Set features 7 episodes, plus bonus behind-the-scenes featurette ($39.99, East West 101, Series 2 is also available on Acorn TV. Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” (The Hollywood Reporter), Acorn TV is North America’s most popular streaming service focused on British and international television from RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE).

The critically-acclaimed drama returns with new perils for Detective Zane Malik (Don HanySerangoon Road), a Muslim Arab living in post-9/11 Australia. After a deadly car bomb goes off in a Sydney suburb, fear and suspicion thrive as the community blames it on Islamic extremists. However, Malik is not convinced it was a terrorist attack, and he joins a joint task force led by Agent Richard Skerritt (Gerald LepkowskiThe Death of Stalin). The investigation throws Malik into a high-stakes undercover mission targeting a suspected arms-dealer, but the job takes him away from his family and even threatens their safety. Meanwhile, Malik’s boss, Inspector Patricia Wright (Susie PorterJanet King), deals with a personal crisis that stirs up painful memories from her past.

Street Date: May 29, 2018                                SRP: $39.99                         
DVD 2-Disc Set: 7 episodes – Approx. 378 min., plus bonus – SDH Subtitles – UPC 054961262090
Bonus: Behind-the-scenes featurette (43 min.)
Contains violence, strong language, nudity, sexual situations, drug use, and disturbing images

My Thoughts

Zane Malik is a Muslim detective struggling to gain acceptance in a judgmental world. He has a hard time getting along with the senior detective, but the two soon find themselves growing closer as they fight for the same causes. This second season includes seven episodes.

The Lost Boy - Islam terrorists are suspected when a car bomb goes off, but Malik believes someone else is behind it. 

A Prodigal Fear - A Lebanese women is the prime suspect in the car bombing. Malik goes undercover to find out while the murder of a wealthy college student is also being investigated. 

Just Cargo - Malik is still undercover when try to link Akmal to the bombing. When Akmal's girlfriend is killed by a sex trafficker, he orders Malik to do the hit.

Ice In the Veins - An ambulance driver is stabbed by a druggie. Koa discovers a link between his death and a murdered NSO agent.  

Men of Conscience - Akmal is killed in jail. Wright has personal and professional problems.

Another Life - Inspector Wright's brother is shot. The team works to bring his killer to justice while also investigating the death of a surgeon.

Atonement - There is a threat of a terror attack. Malik tries to find the truth and learns why Agent Angleton was killed.

I really enjoyed this series. It was great seeing a Muslim detective as a main character.  We live in a diverse world, and should see more diversity in our entertainment to reflect that. Zane is a great character. He's strong, determined, and spiritual. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next season. You can grab a copy of this great new series on DVD or Blu-ray from Acorn Media or online at Amazon.


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