Callan Mulvey in Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms.

Callan Mulvey in Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms. Photo: ghassall@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Channel Ten, 8.30pm

Last week's opener introduced "Snoddy" Spencer (Callan Mulvey) and followed his induction into the Comancheros motorcycle club. Attracted by the spirit of camaraderie and the lifestyle - the wide open road, the boozing and partying - Snoddy became our entree to the group and its mores. He also provided a perspective on the club leader, Jock Ross (Matt Nable), an unyielding, authoritarian and ambitious Scot perpetually preparing for battle. With its themes of power, leadership and loyalty clearly established, the first episode made you want to see more. But the continuation of the story that leads to 1984's notorious shooting is less satisfying as the drama restates its themes with monotonous regularity. The action amounts to a gang of men swaggering around, thumping their chests, spoiling for a fight, drinking, riding and having sex. The characters are already looking thin: Jock angrily asserting his authority, Snoddy staring intently into the middle distance as he contemplates his options, Caeser (Anthony Hayes) ticking away like a time bomb and Chopper (Damian Walshe-Howling) exploding. Given that this series spans six episodes, more substance is required.