However, it has a real identity that makes it immediately endearing. When questioned on this subject by 20 Minutes, Hélène de Fougerolles has in effect confessed that “Balthazar” ticks all the boxes to keep us in suspense : “It is not only a cop and a medical examiner that will resolve the investigations, it is above all a fight between a dog and a cat who turn around and have two ways to be quite different. There are many sub-layers in this series.“
The cousin of Patrick Jane
If we rely on his words, it will be impossible to resist this series in case you are a fans of Castle or the Mentalist : “It is necessary to resolve the investigations, but there are also the personal stories. The disappearance of the wife of Balthazar will be a little the red thread of the series, we are going to see that with my husband, it’s not going strong, and that it is also complex with my teenagers.“
A vision is exciting and promising, shared by Tomer Sisley, the micro TVMag this time : “I found it poetic and interesting to tell the story that [Balthazar] find each and every day with him is his wife who has been dead for twelve years. (…) I like her relationship with the cop with whom he works, who recalls the codes of the romantic comedy.”
And if ever this is not enough to understand that Balthazar is the cousin of French Castle and Patrick Jane, the traits of the character should be enough to convince you : “He is a player, and teasingly, his childlike side is talking to me. A bit cocky and sure of himself, he has the awkwardness of those who make a little too much“.
So yes, this is not necessarily original, but it is terribly effective.
Dave Zakarian has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Koz Post, Dave Zakarian worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.