A BBC show, The Fall, has come to America on Netflix. There is one season and it consists of five episodes. It stars Gillian Anderson, Archie Panjabi, and Jamie Dornan. This show was renewed for a second season on May 27, 2013. It will start production at the beginning of next year. As fans of a few BBC shows, we're used to long waits.
The Fall is about Detective Stella Gibson, a woman who specializes in the psychology of killers. She is brought in to hunt a man named Paul Spector who is pretending to be a loving family man while killing women in Belfast.
First, the bad news:
- The ending of the season is so unsatisfying! The last episode is very good, but we can't believe we have to wait probably more than a year to see it. That's an awfully long wait for a story like this.
- The show has kind of a slow start. Two hour-long episodes in, we almost quit watching and didn't love it.
- The pacing can be off. We think the amount of actual plot they had could have been stuffed into three or four episodes, or even a movie with a frustrating "to be continued" at the end.
- There's a B-plot featuring corruption that we didn't give two hoots about.
The good news:
- It's well-written and beautifully shot most of the time.
- Gillian Anderson. Not only is she great in this, but she's absolutely stunning.
- Sheriff Graham from Once Upon a Time is getting work. Sure, it's as a serial killer, so we can't swoon over his hotness properly, but we'll take what we can get.
- The feminism. Holy crap is it good on this show. Stella calls out misogynists when it's appropriate and bites her tongue when she knows it won't be properly received. She's pretty bad ass too.
- It's set in Ireland, so everyone has an adorable accent. There are little kids in it too, and they have adorable accents. It's like double the adorable.
- There's a scene in the finale that's (sort of) between Stella and the killer, and it's electric. You won't be able to take your eyes off of it.
Our recommendation is that you catch up on other shows for now, but get into this right before the start of the second season. You don't want to be stuck waiting like we are. It's not worth jumping into just five episodes only to have to wait for freaking ever for the story to be picked up. But check it out when season two is up.
Show grade: B