sorry for the mistakes!
What kind of reputation Spanish authors and directors are building in
this streaming new wave is something I often ask to myself. And the
answer, honestly, is not the best. At the cost of going through an old
pompous person but today from Spain often come lowlife and predictable
works, which today, thanks above all to "Netflix", are on devices all
over the world.
I'm not just talking about Alex Pina and I don't see him as the
antichrist, but surely he is, at the moment, with a rich contract with
the American company in his hands, the man who is marking the
productions of his country.
So waiting for "Sky Rojo" and after having "tasted" the "Casa de Papel", Pina offers us "White Lines".
A series with a title good for a drug story (but only sometimes it is),
set in Ibiza, at the centre of a mega spot that magnifies the
situations of wild parties but also the lesser known environmental
aspects (these for old pompous person of which I belong).
Not that the Balearic island needs publicity but Pina feels compelled
to underline to has that there you can have sex, take drugs, party
until morning and if you are old pompous person, you also have
beautiful beaches (I mark it).
A series that begins in a suggestive way, with the corpse of Axel
Collins well known DJ resident in Ibiza who has been missing for twenty
years and is found in a place owned by an important Ibiza family, in
Almeria. His sister Zoe, who lived in the hope of finding her missing
brother, leaves for the island in search of truth.
And so far so good, the crime, the various suspects, the flash backs on
the life of Axel but Pina, as well as in the "Casa de Papel", inserts
many soap opera moments, with family quarrels that reconcile only for
business in "Beautiful" style, love stories that arise and break up and
poignant moments of existential doubts. So many situations of this
type, that some episodes are even superfluous. And boring.
To this must be added a large dose of sex, inserted by force and often
for free, perhaps to emphasize, that in Ibiza you can fuck easily. But
we know it, Pina, we know it, it has always been known, what we don't
know how Axel Collins died and we would like it to be told without
getting lost in other useless situations.
As said, on this case investigates Zoe, whose brother was a whole for
her and his departure for Ibiza and subsequently her disappearance has
generated many psychological problems for her in past years.
She enters the world of Ibiza, leaving her husband and daughter and
experiencing different emotions for the first time. On his way, she
meets his brother's friends who accompanied him on his adventure from
Manchester to Ibiza and who witnessed the birth, coronation and
decadence of a very famous DJ.
Not just them anyway, because in history there are two powerful
families of Ibiza, an inevitable drug deal with Romanians and a
fascinating and violent bouncer who steals Zoe's heart, before
repenting everything. Both of her and of his life.
"White Lines" is a bit of a wasted opportunity, because the centre of
history (that is, the story of Axel) despite some inconsistencies is
interesting and partly original. The narration and the crime story
work, however, really, too many superfluous things, including a kind of
comic relief, make this series a summer product and a little lowlife.
Gentlemen, know that there is little to do. High up your mojitos, this
is Pina's world!