DVD Review: Rake The Complete First Series
When I requested Rake The Complete First Series for review, I had assumed that this lawyer comedy/drama was a British affair, and had settled in for an evening with certain expectations. This made Rake some what harder to get into, but by the end of the first episode, I didn’t care that it was in fact an Aussie TV series.
Rake follows the destructive life of Cleaver Greene, a lawyer whose professional life should have seen him barred for life, and his private life seen him sentenced to a life of hard labour. He’s the kind of sleazy lawyer that gives the profession a bad name.
But it’s ok, because of his self destructive habit, karma seems to have him in check, and his life is one big pile of stinking shit. Even when he does the right thing, nothing good happens to him.
However, Cleaver Greene has a certain charm, and it doesn’t take long before the viewer starts to feel for him, and not just pity. We laugh, we cry, we shake our heads and shake our fists, and we hope beyond hope that one episode, Greene will get his shit together and his life will start looking up.
Rake is an original series that has the right balance of characters that you’ll care about, with a depraved story-line finely balanced with some cunning humour.