- MemberJune 26, 2021 at 11:01 pm
For those into true crime shows, I do recommend the story about ruthless killer, Charles Sobhraj, aka ‘The Serpent’, in the Netflix drama by the same name. There are eight episodes in total and I will say the first one definitely did not start off catching my attention right away as I had hoped as it had a little bit of a slow start. But I decided I needed to give the series a shot and I am glad I did.
The story is based on Sobhraj and his murder spree in the 70’s along what was known then as the ‘hippie trail.’ He would meet up with young couples and/or single people traveling through foreign countries with the intent of exploring new culture, having new experiences and living life just carefree and end up doping them with drugs and robbing them or in some cases poisoning them and worse. Along the way, he has help from his girlfriend, Marie-Andree and cohort/friend Ajay. Ajay would find travelers with money or jewels and would introduce them to Sobhraj.
Another couple gets involved in this story and that is Herman and Angela Knippenberg. Herman is a Dutch diplomat who hears about the disappearance of a young Dutch couple and as he digs more and more into the investigation he gets onto the trail of Sobhraj.
The overall story and episodes dealing with the case and investigation into disappearances of these people is definitely intriguing and keeps your attention. The flaws that I see with this drama are the going back and forth timeline as it does get annoying at times and there are some slow moments – perhaps some repetitiveness is more what it is – at times. But I have to say that the cast all do a great job, including that of Tamar Rahim as Sobhraj. He definitely gives the character the creepiness factor that is needed.
Definitely an interesting story and execution of it.
- MemberJune 30, 2021 at 5:30 pm
I wrote a review about The Serpent miniseries on FanBolt! Such a great true-crime drama mini-series.
- MemberJune 30, 2021 at 6:02 pm
Yes! I do recall that and I just looked at it again. Very good review! I am watching ‘Sophie: A Murder in West Cork.’
- MemberJuly 1, 2021 at 4:29 pm
Me too! Have you ever listened to the West Cork true-crime podcast about the same case?
- MemberJuly 2, 2021 at 12:17 am
Oh no I did not even know about it! Thank you! I will definitely listen to it though. The series is very intriguing so far!
- MemberJuly 2, 2021 at 2:44 pm
Yes, such a heartbreaking story and an intriguing mystery. I’m still not sure if Ian is guilty or not.
- MemberJuly 4, 2021 at 7:53 pm
I think Ian is guilty…I am sorry but too many things about him and the evidence, while circumstantial I know, puts him in place as the prime suspect.
- MemberJuly 5, 2021 at 6:41 pm
I for sure agree that Ian is the prime suspect, but there were enough mistakes in the investigation that I’m still not convinced either way. Though I think Ian is an unlikable human being who might be guilty.
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