Detectives from the new crime drama series “Ragdoll” uncover a gruesome scene early in the first episode: a serial killer has assembled parts of six of his victims into one hideous body.
Naturally, they swear to find this madman and bring him to justice. But first, they really, really want the chance to officially name this gruesome sewer of bodies.
“Loco Chanel? suggest a detective.
“Tommy Kill Figer? comes another option.
“Michael Korpse?” is a third.
The fact that the awful is mixed with wickedly dark humor and mundane workplace politics makes “Ragdoll” one of the most interesting TV offerings this fall. The streaming series, from the executive producers of “Killing Eve,” debuted last week on AMC+.
Lucy Hale, who previously starred in ‘Pretty Little Liars’, was immediately drawn to what she calls the ‘genre mix’ of ‘Ragdoll’.
“A lot of times you’re like, ‘Well, how is this going to work? How will humor and horror work? ” she said. “And it kind of is. That’s what really struck me. »
The series features a trio of actors: Henry Lloyd-Hughes plays Detective Nathan Rose, an English officer recovering from PTSD triggered by another case; Thalissa Teixeira as a boss and romantic interest; and Hale, playing an American detective assigned to the hunt.
Lloyd-Hughes calls them an “uncomfortable triangle of detectives”. Both his character and Teixeira’s changed mentor-mentee positions as he recovered and there’s a lingering attraction, “a kind of can’t live with each other, can’t live without each other.” ‘other-kind of co-dependency.’ Hale as an outsider is ‘probably the closest thing we have in the public eye,’ he said.
The so-called Ragdoll Killer – as the serial killer is known, much to the frustration of several detectives’ egos – taunts the police by sending them a list of his next six victims, with Rose’s name among them.
The London-based series has all the elements of a typical police procedural – the list of victims, the race against time, the autopsy clues, the serial killer one step ahead – but also thorny personal relationships and frustration at work. The show also explores racism, sexism, injustice, and mental health.
“The horror element – or whatever you want to call those parts of the show – is spectacular, and it’s kind of a visual dread fest,” Lloyd-Hughes said. “But I strangely think that if you stripped all of that out, you’d still have really complex, rich drama.”
The series is adapted by Freddy Syborn from the book of the same name by British novelist Daniel Cole and crackles with wit. When Teixeira’s detective first approaches the scene of the Ragdoll murder, she asks how bad it is. “I’m going to make a podcast of it,” an officer replies curtly.
As for how the Ragdoll Killer got his name, it turns out that a police technician blurts out his catchy suggestion during a meeting and a senior officer accepts it.
“Are you kidding? HE can name our grisly discoveries?” complained Rose.