We have the bargain basement cable package and as such we don't get Canal+, the station that invites comparisons to HBO for the quality of its programming. I'm not feeling particularly deprived. After all, we never even had cable in the U.S. and I'm still catching up on episodes of Six Feet Under on video.
Now Canal+ has gone and made a series just for the Web, Kali, and it's free for the looking with new episodes every Monday and Thursday. The episodes are just six minutes long (plus you can pause and replay if you didn't catch the French) but there's plenty of action and a tense story line that involves amnesia, the Eurostar, hand to hand combat, video surveillance, and piracy of new technologies. And while this isn't the stuff of my everyday life, it's very evocative of Paris, right down to the annoying SNCF jingle being played in Gare du Nord. Will Kali remember who she is and what she's doing in Paris? Is she British or French? And just who are the good guys and the bad guys? Stay tuned.
Note: I'd be interested to know whether the series is viewable from outside of France. Most U.S. networks do not permit airing of their content to IP addresses outside the country. Let me know what you find out.