I first heard about The Straits (2012) when talking to a friend about new TV series to watch for summer break. It sounded like an interesting concept: a crime series, think Sopranos, that takes place in the Gold Coast of Queensland and the Torres Straits that separates it from Papua New Guinea (PNG). The family smuggles and sells drugs and engages in various other illegal activities to support themselves. Of course there are various problems with the Australian biker gang the DC, flashes of Sons of Anarchy, and the Raskol Papua New Guinea gangs they deal with. The patriarch Harry Montabello is played by the biggest star in the series, Brian Cox. He has four adopted children, three boys and a girl of whom he wants to turn the day to day business of the family over to and he makes it an open competition. The series starts promising, especially with all the local details associated with the region, but it quickly falls into the melodramatic with fantastic storyline after storyline designed to create interest while detracting from the believability of the series.