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Crime drama, screened on the BBC, starring Gillian Anderson as a Metropolitan Police detective drafted to Belfast to help on a puzzling murder case. Though her superiors aren't convinced, Stella Gibson (Anderson)'s investigations lead her to believe that a serial killer is at work. Meanwhile, the killer, Paul Spectre (Jamie Dornan), stalks his next target, solicitor Sarah Kay (Laura Donnelly). The episodes are: 'Dark Descent', 'Darkness Visible', 'Insolence and Wine', 'My Adventurous Song' and 'The Vast Abyss'.
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I found the first series to be fairly engrossing if a slightly mediocre affair. I enjoy police/psychological thrillers and particularly British ones ie Cracker, Prime Suspect, Trial And Retribution etc and was looking forward to this considering all the hype.
It's certainly watchable and of course the premise is interesting but it's let down by a few things in my opinion.
Firstly in series 1 you get very litthe insight into Paul Spector psyche. Yes, we recommend introduced to him a serial killer who's living a seemingly normal fairly mundane life with a career and family but his character comes across as extremely flat. We see him early on commit heinous acts and carry on as normal as I suppose he d manage to do being a psychoath with no sense of conscience but he just seems very two dimensional. Given that we know who the killer is from the outset this would seem to be the perfect opportunity to give his character some depth. What drives him to kill, how does he view the women who's lives he takes. How does he view the authorities that are trying to apprehend him and most importantly how does he view himself. Very little insight is given into this in series one.
My second major criticism is Stella Gibson's remarkably dry and unsympathetic character almost completely bereft of personality. Instead of bothering to pad out her character the writers have rather given her a penchant for sleeping aroundo with any man she fancies at a moments notice. It's not only that I didn't much care for her as much as she really bored me.
My final criticism is of the extremely hammy acting by Stella s superior officer who despite being obviously meant to be a bit of a pathetic individual in the story has a terrible penchant for over acting. Every line he delivers in that same nervous wreck, over emotional whiny tone like he's constantly about to burst into tears.
I can't help feeling this show is somewhat over rated but I can't help enjoying it nonetheless. Not a particularly original premise but at least it's better than the now commonplace offerings of Midsomer Murders or Scott And Bailey. I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys more gritty and low key police thrillers but just don't be surprised if you feel like you very seen it all before!
The kids are great little actresses too both girls. We don't see much of the lad really.
I can highly recommend this as a tense detective drama set in Belfast.
Very well cast, although I felt Gillian Anderson's character's accent was forced at times and she was so slow as Stella that I wanted to shake her character.
Jamie Dornan was a very convincing and deliciously attractive serial killer.
Paul Spector was a real charmer, grief counsellor, family man, but with a chequered past and dislike of a certain type of woman related to his past.
Some scenes were uncomfortable to watch at times.
Dornan switched between loving family man to deranged twisted killer like a switch.
It was gripping, and had a strong supporting cast including John Lynch and Emmet J Scanlan.
One to watch over again.
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