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'.
I ve decided to write individual reviews for each series as I haven't finished series 3 yet.
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!
Excellent series about a fastidious serial killer in Belfast who outwardly is a loving family man and a Police Supt. who is efficient, a tad manipulative and who doesn't suffer fools gladly. She has also seemingly been banged by half the PSNI and is trying for the second half of it. Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan star but are supported by a really fantastic cast. Anderson who really only came to the fore in 'The X Files' is a really most accomplished actress and I liked her performances very much in Shadow Dancer and she was brilliant in Bleak House where she played Lady Dedlock.
Compulsive viewing mainly due to Jamie Dornan's brilliant portrayal of a normal socially functioning sexual predator/psychopath: chillingly good and highly convincing.
I found Gillian Anderson's character slightly irritating, not just the accent but some of the things her character does to demonstrate her flawed character did not seem plausible with the position she held.
Would have given five stars had it not been for the slightly flat ending.
The Fall is mesmerising television, it hooks you and draws you in from start to finish. This dark and moody drama, with erie soundtrack is fabulously acted and has a clever well scripted storyline. Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson are compelling to watch, supported by a brilliant cast of equally talented actors. With twists and turns at in every episode, its simply the best piece of tv I've seen in years.