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2.0 out of 5 stars An inconclusive finale!, 22 Feb 2014
This review is from: The Fall [DVD] (DVD)
A rather difficult series to review as we thoroughly enjoyed The Fall, until it abruptly ended inconclusively!

The production is a slow burner and has been compared with the Scandinavian equivilants - with good cause. It builds up nicely, fleshing out the main story line and sub plots and held us throughout. I’d become tired of serial killer series, but this one is well above average.

Gillian Anderson is excellent as Superintendent Stella Gibson. On loan to Belfast Police from the Met, her role is to assist in moving a stalled murder enquiry forward. One niggle, was her one night stand with a police sergeant who she casually picks up on the street from first sight. It was silly, didn’t fit, and improbable. Anderson must have cringed when she read that part of the script, but carries it off reasonably.

The serial killer is sinister and very convincing. There are also parallel sub plots involving police corruption and shady business deals for which we awaited (in vain) for these to develop.

The net closes slowly on the killer and at the end of episode 5 it all seemed to start to come together. I thought we’d misread the number of episodes and sat down to watch the conclusion. But, there was no episode 6! It had finished? Call me old fashioned but I enjoy a story that has a beginning, a middle and an end. The end (if you can call it an end), was a total let down.

I can only surmise that the open ending will lead to a second series? But if so, it only makes this series a disappointment!
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Initial post: 3 Mar 2014 09:40:38 GMT
oraCle says:
I agree witht this. I enjoyed it all the way through but didn't think the last episode on the disc was actually The End. So I went through the whole disc menu again, and restarted episode 5 thinking mabe I had only been watching Episode 4.
But no, it was the end, the killer drives off into the sunset with his family... leaves you wanting for a conclusion one way or the other as this definitely didn't look like a proper end.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2014 16:28:25 GMT
R. C. Harris says:
We also watched the last half of episode 5 again, thinking we'd missed something. But it wasn't just the main serial killer storyline, but all the other parallel sub plots remained unresolved? It was quite bizarre.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2014 15:48:59 GMT
Timelord007 says:
Wonderful review sir of a great drama.

Posted on 7 Mar 2014 19:22:09 GMT
Couldn't agree more. We hunted for the missing disk! A British attempt at Nordic Noir which was a bit meh for the first episode and slightly gratuitous when it came to the first killing. Got going fine but we got no back-ground on "Gillian/Stella". She seems to have no social life, no weaknesses, no sense of humour and a penchant for casual sex (most men are not that stupid - except after a galls of wine) so she doesn't get much empathy. I wonder if the budget ran out. Soooo many loose threads it was v unsatisfying at the end after a pretty good ride. And why didn't she check out Philosophy students who took the Nietszche module - can't have been that many in all Ireland. AND WHY DOES AMAZON UK HAVE AMERICAN SPELLINGS FOR HUMOUR AND COLOUR BUT NOT ARMOUR?
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