You Thought Murphy’s Law Series 1 and 2 Were Dark? Ha!
In a story arc that fuses all six episodes, Murphy’s Law: Series 3 takes undercover police officer Tommy Murphy (James Nesbitt in an excellent, intense character study) deeper underground than he’s ever been. He assumes the role of an illegal arms dealer/hit man, with the intention of taking down a London mob boss/cop killer. As if Murphy’s Law wasn’t dark enough, Series 3 gets progressively darker as it moves through Murphy’s assignment.
The subject of Murphy’s investigation is gangland boss Dave Callard (Mark Womack in a satisfyingly evil performance) who hires Murphy to knock off one of his associates on the pretext that the man is having an affair with Callard’s wife. Callard is a hair-trigger sociopath with a twisted sense of humor. In the first episode alone, he cold-bloodedly orders the killing of his target (Ramon Tikaram), his right-hand man (Michael Fassbender), and Murphy.
When Murphy fails to deliver a “clean” hit in his original murder for Callard, Callard dickers over the payment, bargaining the 20,000 pounds down to 14,000, while Murphy holds a knife to another mobster’s throat. Callard is so callous and malevolent, one wonders why Murphy’s superiors would risk his life…couldn’t they more easily make Callard “disappear”? Oh, right, authorities don’t operate that way…
Throughout Series 3, Murphy’s Law offers up killers, counterfeiters, drug dealers, and sundry psychopaths, Murphy repeatedly comes close to extinction, and the bad guys keep astounding us with how dreadfully bad they can be.
Acorn Media releases Murphy’s Law: Series 3 on DVD, February 15, 2011.