Going through big changes in her personal life, Ola Serafin (Marta Nieradkiewicz) decides to move back from London to her home town of Lodz in Poland. Recently separated from her cheating husband, she finds herself back living with her mother. Undecided about what to do with her life she takes a job as a car share driver.
During one drop off she ends up witnessing a woman falling off an overpass. The police believe it is suicide but Ola knows she saw somebody push the woman off. With the cops unwilling to listen to her she decides to investigate the crime herself. Of course, she has no idea where to even begin but after a quick google search discovers a group called Ultraviolet. Made up of an ex-police officer, a computer whizz and twin sisters with a huge social media following, they agree to help Ola and investigate the case.
Spoiler alert: Ola was right and the woman did not kill herself. Knowing that she was correct, Ola finally finds some purpose and befriends the Ultraviolet group as well as one of the police officers. That then lays the groundwork for the rest of the season, which by the way is excellent. Each episode focuses on a different crime and the growing relationships that the characters have with each other.
There's a lot to really like about ultraviolet. Firstly, in a completely fresh take on serial crime shows, none of the cases are about sexually assaulted/murdered women. Instead, we get a much broader range of intriguing potential crimes. Secondly, visually it is more exciting as the group rarely meets in person so their interactions are almost always on group chats. Thirdly, the acting is top-notch with Agata Kulesza particularly good as Ola's mother, Anna.
Lastly, while each episode has it's own crime that needs to be solved, there is a much bigger thread that runs through both of the seasons. That is the death of Ola's brother years earlier. She believes he was murdered but the police don't agree. So who is right? The good news is that there is a conclusion of sorts to that storyline towards the end of season 2. However, the show is left open for a potential third season though that has yet to be confirmed.
Ultraviolet is a great binge series. It has enough drama, crime and quirkiness to keep you fully engaged and hitting the next episode button. Think Black Spot or Bitter Daisies and you get the idea of the show.