Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahn Polizeï, the German long-running action/crime drama aired by private channel RTL and produced by action concept, launched its spring season this week with a 90-minute premiere.
Although the show started in 1996, Revolution opens its 35th season (Alarm für Cobra 11 is aired in "blocks"). Written by Sven Frauenhoff & Andreas Brune and directed by Franco Tozza, the episode sees eco-terrorists causing devastation during a business meeting. It also introduces Vinzenz Kiefer as Alex Brandt, the new partner of veteran motorway cop Semir Gerkhan (Erdogan Atalay).
Semir is still trying to cope with the end of his marriage in a storyline initiated with Auferstehung, season 34's feature-length spectacular opener. He's a broken man without his wife and family, without a partner, and Andrea (Carina Wiese) wants to sell their house. His boss has a problem with his attitude and he turns down the help of his friends and colleagues. Alex Brandt has his share of difficulties too: he's released from prison and receives an unexpected visit.
A "darker" Semir and a new partner regenerate a franchise which definitely became its own parody these last years. Vinzenz Kiefer has some big shoes to fill given the popularity of the duo formed by Gerkhan and Ben Jäger, played by Tom Beck (whose final episode aired in december). Revolution has not the cinematic value of the Bondian Auferstehung and there's some inevitable déjà vu but the result is quite enjoyable. It's already a lot after 18 years.