‘Collateral’ is a British drama and thriller series which has been written and created by David Hare and directed by S.J. Clarkson. This series is a four-part show, i.e. it contains only four episodes. It airs on BBC Two and first premiered on February 12, 2018, before being released internationally by Netflix on March 9, 2018. David Hare, who is the creator behind the series, felt he was propelled to write ‘Collateral’ as no one else was attempting to write about the issue of illegal immigration which the series places at its center.
In an interview, Hare said, “I think the movement of people is the biggest subject of the 21st Century and nobody’s writing about it. In the last few summers, we’ve had attempted mass migration from Libya, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, from everywhere. People are trying to get into Western Countries. And obviously, the West is trying to protect itself against the arrival of these people. This is going to play out in the coming years. I wanted to write about it as a matter of urgency.” This serves the basis as to why he created this TV series. He describes it as “a police procedural without any of that police attitudinizing”.
The premise of ‘Collateral’, thus, centers around London detectives who start by investigating what seems to be a random murder of a pizza delivery man. However, they soon come across interlocking circumstances that take them through a cross-section of British society. Upon release, critics said that the show was a provocative mystery that raised several questions but did not provide as many answers.
Collateral Cast: Who is in it?
‘Collateral’ has a sprawling cast, since many members come together to bring to light the complexity of the plot that unfurls along with the murder investigation. Carey Mulligan of ‘The Great Gatsby‘, ‘Drive‘ fame, leads the cast as Detective inspector Kip Glaspie. Ahd Kamel and July Namir respectively appear as Fatima and Mona Asif, the sisters of the murder victim, Abdullah Asif. Hayley Squires, known for ‘Call the Midwife‘ and ‘I, Daniel Blake‘, appears as Laurie Stone, the manager of Regal Pizza and Abdullah’s employer.
Collateral Plot: What is it about?
The four-part TV series launches its viewers into the middle of a mystery: An ordinary pizza delivery boy is shot twice in the head, which looks like it was done by a highly trained military assassin, but we don’t know why this happened in the first place. There are no immediate clues or hints as to why this shooting took place. There are only two witnesses to this vicious murder. One is that of a single mother who seems quite callous, and the other witness is a Vietnamese immigrant who is high and intoxicated on ketamine. As the story progresses, it introduces to the viewers an entire network of people who belong to different industries but are somehow connected.
The detective on call is Kip Glaspie who is sort of new to her job but can figure out certain things like the victim had a Middle Eastern name and that the crime had some precision behind it. What follows later on the series implicates a group of British institutions from the government to the media, military, and church of England and even further to the consequences of war led by the USA in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
The show is torn at some level due to a dichotomy. While Kip is on her own whodunit, trying to find the identity of the killer, the series itself is more concerned with the circumstances as to why the crime occurred in the first place. It tries to capture the mindset of the killer. The show takes a serious stance when it comes to the wrong approach to immigration policies and uses this to examine instances of British racism and xenophobia. You can be sure that by the time the show is over, you will know the difference between ‘economic migrant’ and ‘asylum seeker’.
The Hollywood Reporter has best summed up the show, saying, ” ‘Collateral’ doesn’t overstay its welcome and doesn’t leave much unresolved, which is a relief. Mulligan’s character’s drive is the drive of the show and despite her pregnancy, Kip never stops to sleep or eat. It’s probably not ideal for the baby, but as Kip puts it, “I saw the chance to put something right.” Having Mulligan on the small screen and having her in this sort of role that British television does so well also feels like it’s putting something right.”
Collateral Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Collateral’ Season 1 premiered on February 12, 2018. The question of whether ‘Collateral’ will have a second season or not is ironically quite a mystery in itself. Nothing officially has been declared in this regard. According to a source, when Hare and Clarkson were asked if there would be a follow-up season or a season 2, they both seemed amused. They both echoed saying, “Nobody asked us”. They said since no one had asked them, there won’t be a Season 2.
However, we have not given up on the show yet. There’s every chance that the show might get revived by BBC, with the immigration crisis still being the center of attention of western politics. As and when the show gets renewed, we will update the ‘Collateral’ Season 2 release date right here in this section.
You can check out the trailer for ‘Collateral’ below. If you have not seen the series, head over to Netflix to catch all the episodes of the first season..
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