Hinterland is an excellent series, made with care and quality. Beautiful cinematography- the landscape is almost a character in itself. I found the wild and remote countryside captivating, and as one reviewer pointed out, although the locale may not be that removed, as part of the stories, it is perfect. The writing and plots were haunting to me- they stayed with me, especially the first episode. The Welsh language is so beautiful, that I've ordered the series in the Welsh version as well.
The acting is excellent-Richard Harrington brings something special to the portrayal of a policeman who is troubled by the horrific crimes he sees, and wears his feelings on his sleave. The way he reaches over to a distraught suspect during an interrogation and touches his arm, or tackles a grieving and angry father, but then holds him a moment is something I've never quite seen in a crime show from a policeman. The viewer feels his character has an empathy based on his own life experiences, and I am looking forward to learning more about Mathias's past. Supporting actors are also very good, and we see glimpses of the private life of the female colleague, played by Mali Harries. I hope viewers will learn more about her character in series two. She deftly plays a policewoman who has been passed over for promotion(perhaps) but is very much a team player. The Welsh actors involved in supporting roles are so good, so " of the place" I found myself forgetting that I was watching actors at work .
I can't believe that some reviewers thought the plots were slow or the acting wooden. I was on the edge of my seat with all the stories- they are suspenseful and well written. Hinterland is a unique show that doesn't' look away from how ordinary people commit extraordinary crimes, and how an ordinary DCI is actually quite special in his empathy and pathos.