The Fall

8.1 / 10
57 min
Drama, Thriller
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" gives "The Fall - Season 1" a 8.5."
Written by on 26 May 2014.
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The Fall - Season 1

A news item on made me discover 'The Fall'. It only consists of five hour-long episodes, which I could watch in two days. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait a while for the second season, because BBC 2 delivered an excellent first season.

'The Fall' tells the story of two different kinds of hunters. One is the brilliant Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, portrayed by a stunning and ice-cold Gillian Anderson ('The X-Files'). And the other is serial killer Paul Spector, portrayed by Jamie Dornan ('Once Upon a Time'). Spector's playground is in Belfast and Gibson is asked to help with the investigation. Soon, Gibson discovers that Belfast isn't all nice and cosy. The tiniest thing can escalate to something huge and then even the police isn't safe from the frantic crowd.

When Gibson discovers a link between three murdered young women, the hunt on Spector has started. Spector is not only a serial killer, but also a grief counsellor. In addition, he is married and a father of two. The way he shares his 'booty' with his daughter is scary and touching at the same time. The way he uses his daughter's room is also incomprehensible. But apparently, he does love his family. Nevertheless, his actions as a serial killer, but also as a father and husband are disgusting and seem raw and heartless to me.

'The Fall' impressed me very much. The ice-cold, nearly expressionless detective Gibson is particularly brilliant for an environment like Belfast. The somewhat nonchalant, insensitive Spector is a perfect addition to Gibson. Their lives are portrayed in a way which makes it seem as if they're linked to each other. The calmness and serenity which the series radiates, are quite different from the hectics of finding the serial killer and the dangerous circumstances in Belfast. Both main characters guarantee five hours of viewing pleasure. They know how to cope with a script and turn it into a wonderful cat-and-mouse game.

The open ending allows enough space for the previously announced second season.

8.5 points to a fascinating first season.
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