DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
THE wonderful thing about the death of the Australian film industry is that people such as David Caesar end up directing episodes of Rescue Special Ops.
I was going to watch this show tonight anyway, but I sat up in my chair when I saw his name in that special spot right at the end of the opening credits.
Goody, I thought, a cameo from Ben Mendelsohn as a semi-employed heroin user.
It opens reasonably strongly, if routinely, with just the right amount of gore.
A personal assistant and her boss have been ‘‘ working back late’’ when a ‘‘ bird’’ at the window startles them. Her leg gets impaled by the leg of a chair and he hits his head on something.
Or that’s how it looks. He is actually having a heart attack, but she’s mainly worried about how her career’s going to go if it all gets out.
Her boyfriend, she’s fairly certain, isn’t the understanding type. This isn’t tonight’s major storyline, but it’s an effective way into what is — the free climber banging up against the office window, who this pair thought was a bird. The rescue crew arrives to get the chair out of the girl’s leg and attends to the boss, then
Guest: Ben Mendelsohn discovers the bird/man and two more climbers scaling the wall outside.
Phelpsy is livid. ‘‘ Not free to us,’’ he grumps to Libby Tanner. ‘‘ Can’t they find a mountain?’’ They’ve got nice back and forth, these two.
Her phone rings later and it’s her boyfriend, husband — whatever he is — and she just lets it ring; couldn’t care less.
She gives it a look that says something, sadness, not sure what, because it’s at the end of the episode and some heavy stuff has gone down by then.
This is easily the best episode I’ve seen of this show.
They’ve done a great job with the stunts, the editing, the emotional grip it has on us.
And then finally how they leave us at the hospital. Rescue Special Ops Channel 9, 8.30pm