“The thrill of heist stories has always come from both a willing suspension of morality and an internal reorientation of what it means to be a hero or a villain. Crime dramas are escapist; few Netflix viewers are going to be plundering the Louvre anytime soon. But Lupin’s trick is that the confrontation it forces isn’t just between cops and robbers. It’s between an orphan and a social hierarchy built on dirty money and immaculate manners, in which a diamond necklace can be a work of art but also a symbol of European aristocratic corruption through the ages.”
I really enjoyed Lupin on Netflix, we devoured the first season and I was upset at how much I was left hanging at the end. This piece is a great thinking through of the themes of the show and I find that added depth makes it even better.