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Lupin - Chapter 10

episode 2.5

France 2021
produced by
George Kay, Isabelle Degeorges for Gaumont/Netflix
directed by Hugo Gélin
starring Omar Sy, Antoine Gouy, Stefan Crepon, Soufiane Guerrab, Vincent Londez, Shirine Boutella, Hervé Pierre, Vincent Garanger, Ludivine Sagnier, Etan Simon, Clotilde Hesme, Adama Niane, Marie Barraud, Salim Kechiouche, Nicolas Wanczycki, Aloysia Delahaut, Franck Mercadal, Sarah Gélin, Marion Creusvaux, Christian Julien, Guillaume Mélanie, Fargass Assandé, Mamadou Haidara, Mathieu Lamboley, Sieme Miladi, Mustapha Benameur
written by George Kay, François Uzan, Sumerah Srivastav, created by George Kay, François Uzan, based on the character Arsène Lupin, created by Maurice Leblanc

TV-series
Lupin, Arsène Lupin

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Assane's (Omar Sy) arch-nemesis Pellegrini (Hervé Pierre) is holding his big fundraiser tonight, a very exclusive gala for the richest of the rich that is as well guarded as can be, so naturally Assane just has to make an appearance there. Now fortunately, he had one of his associates, Courbet (Stefan Crepon), infiltrate Pellegrini's inner circle as financial advisor, and as such he's responsible to bring the computer equipment needed for collecting the donations to the venue - and so it's natural for Assane to get into one of the computer boxes and slip through security. Once inside, Assane manages to get to Pellegrini unnoticed, force a confession out of him, then give his pursuers a slip. Assane appears on stage at the fundraiser, makes his accusations against Pellegrini, then has his accomplices Courbet and Ferel (Antoine Gouy) cut off all the lights at the venue so he can make his escape - and he easily succeeds in that dressing up as a fire marshal and ultimately using river Seine as his escape route. In the meantime, he has seen to it that his chief pursuers at the police, Guedira (Soufiane Guerrab), Laugier (Vincent Londez) and Belkacem (Shirine Boutella) get plenty of incriminating material on not only Pellegrini but also his accomplice within the police, chief of police Dumont (Vincent Garanger), enough for the two of them to be arrested ...

 

It's well-paced, there's plenty of action, and there are some fun twists, so it's a pretty entertaining episode - just not the finale the series would have deserved. Thing is, the best episodes of Lupin (and even more so the Arsène Lupin novels the series is loosely based on) feature daring and spectacular crimes that work because they were meticulously planned and executed with clockwork precision - and that simply doesn't seem to be the case here, it's too much Assane just outrunning rather than outwitting his pursuers, or just using the same old tricks he has used before that his pursuers should have grown wise to. And his ultimate crime is really lacking in elegance, as is the episode as a whole really. Again, it's not bad, just less than one would have expected.

 

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