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"The Dubbed" proved once again that it is difficult to compete with what it provides - voila! culture


Ania Bukstein is excellent, Amos Tamm in his best role in years, and above all Or Ben Melek in the role of Asa, with a fantastic acting performance, one that is hard to take your eyes off of

Trailer for the series "The Dubbed: Open Account" (yes)

It seems to me that in recent years we have been checking how much it is worth watching a series with the same tools we used to check the feasibility of investing in a property.

We refer to the location, or rather the locations, wondering how much money it cost to produce each episode and whether this is reflected in the final product.

In general, it seems that we put a lot of weight on the visual experience and reduce the importance of other important elements such as a good script or a reliable game.

This is more noticeable in international series such as "House of the Dragon" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" but also in the local productions they started talking more and more about budgets, locations and production values ​​and a little less about the story (series like "Locking Time" and "Carthage" come to mind by chance this).

Then comes a series like "The Dubbed: Open Account" (the second season of "The Dubbed") and reminds us that a good script and excellent acting is something that is hard to compete with.

Ironically, "The Dubbed" actually deals with real estate, mainly through the attempts of David Katz (Amos Tamm in one of his best roles in recent years) to become a legitimate entrepreneur in Kiryat and get out of the circle of petty crime. Unlike other series that deal with crime, "The Dubbed: Open Account" almost And does not introduce us to the 'shuponi' and the big money that circulates in the so-called underworld. This stood out in the first season and grew sevenfold in the second season, which ended last week on Bis. In many ways, it reminds of two other excellent series that dealt with Israeli crime (both coincidentally also broadcast on Bis): "Blue Natalie", which dealt with the world of trafficking in women and presented a normative family that is drawn into the business of crime, and "Bnei Or" (which Shamaor Levy also played in), about a group of boys from a tough neighborhood in Be'er Sheva who deal in drugs. Long before it was a series about crime, Open" is a drama about a dysfunctional family and the journey of its heroes,The brothers Asa (Or Ben Melech in a fantastic game show that I will come back to) and David (Tamm) Katz to find for themselves the safe and quiet corner that they never had.

Like too many Israeli series, "The Dubbed" - created by Omri Shanahar, Adam Bizenski and Dana Eden and directed by Ariel Benavji - took far too long to return for a second season.

Three years have passed since we saw how the false testimony of Sophie (the excellent Anya Bukstein), David's wife, sent her husband to prison just when he thought he was on the right path to success.

Now, just like Asa before him, he is released from prison only to discover that the outside world was not waiting for him and in the jungle of the Kiryat there are already bigger predators than him.

It starts when he finds out that Sophie sold his real estate company and ran for mayor of Kiryat Yam, and continues with the realization that the criminals he knew before he went to prison (remember Tzipi Shavit from the first season?) are no longer relevant, and in their place are new and much scarier players (get Yair Buds on a surprising casting standard that totally works).

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Extreme volatility is magnetizing.

Or Ben Melech, "The Dubbed: An Open Account" (Photo: Itzik Portal)

Of course, the beating heart of the series remains Asa.

Ben Melech managed to turn the rejected and stammering young man (in many moments this season he has trouble getting a word out of his mouth) into something on the seam between an evil that must be loved and a hero that inspires fear.

While David plans to return to life after prison in a storm, Asa is just trying to build some sort of routine for himself, whether it's working at a gas station or restoring his relationship with Shay (Lioz Levy), he is a wounded animal who just wants warmth and love.

What remains amazing about Asa's character is the dissonance between his great vulnerability and the cruelty with which he is willing to hurt others.

Not only the cruelty, but also the extreme volatility of his actions makes this character something that is hard to take your eyes off of.

No wonder that his operator, Ada (Idit Teperson), who has seen a thing or three in her life, fears him more than anything.

For moments Asa of the second season even reminded me of the Joker played by Joaquin Phoenix - a man who lives on the fringes of society, is always on the border between humanity and psychopathy and above all manages to evoke empathy even in the most difficult moments.

If in its first season "The Dubbed" presented us with a destructive connection between corrupt police (again, Tefferson) and corrupt businessmen, the second season also brought into the cauldron the rotten, and it has to be said - wretched, world of local politics, and presented the creative struggle between the two leading contenders for the mayorship Sophie (Bockstein) and Carol Hasson (Leonor Abergil).

Each of them comes to deal with another criminal in their ranks, and the question arises whether they, who trade in public funds for their personal benefit, are not the biggest criminals of all.

The transitions between the past and the present were of great use to "The Dubbed" in the first season and returned this season as well, when we were exposed to another layer in Asa's life in prison.

His former cellmate, Avishi (Oz Zahavi), who also went to prison following a crime related to his brother, became for Asa a substitute for David.

And in Asa's case, we already know how dangerous a sibling relationship can be.

Avishi (Zahavi) returns to Asa's life even in the present when he joins the ranks of Hasson (Abergil) and poses a direct competition to his biological brother.

As if Asa's life wasn't complicated enough, now the choices are only getting more and more difficult.

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Anya Bukstein, "The Dubbed: An Open Account" (Photo: Itzik Portal)

Although the time that passed between the seasons, the storylines and the new characters made it difficult to connect with it in the first episodes, "The Dubbed: Open Account" managed to surpass its predecessor.

This was especially noticeable in the last three episodes of the season, in which Asa and David are forced to be as close as possible, while at the same time the bad blood between them reaches a new low.

Here it is worth mentioning the sixth episode, which received a lot of buzz among the viewers of the series, and rightly so.

David and Asa are kidnapped by an unsuccessful exterminator (played by the excellent Yoel Rosenkiar) who is himself in a complex relationship with his brother, and find themselves in a kind of unconventional couples therapy while being forced and attached to an electric collar.

It's an episode that can stand on its own, but it's also the necessary springboard for the last two fantastic episodes of the season.

"The Dubbed: Open Account" ends with a scene that could be a fitting end to the entire series, but may also leave an opening for another season.

I would just love that if such a season does come to fruition, it won't be another three years, because we already know that the prison of time has its own laws.

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Source: walla

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