'The Fall, Series 1'
(Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, et al / DVD / NR / (2012) 2013 / Acorn Media)
Overview: Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Gillian Anderson ('The X-Files') smolders as a British detective summoned to Belfast to solve a high-profile murder. She quickly recognizes the signs of a serial killer, but the culprit (Jamie Dornan, 'Once Upon a Time') has already targeted his next victim. Now all she has to do is catch him!
DVD Verdict: I have to say that as the opening scenes opened up and we see, immediately the killer's face as he removes his ski mask I assumed all was lost for this series. I mean, isn't half the fun for the viewer guessing along the way who said killer is?
But, that said, it is with great pleasure that I can say that over five engrossing episodes, this psychological thriller follows both the hunter and the hunted as they attempt to outmaneuver each other in an intriguing game of cat and mouse.
And prepare for another HUGE shock - this lone British (female) cop that the police force thinks they need to bring in to help hunt the killer down is, of course, Gillian Anderson .. an American doing a spot on near-bloody-perfect rendition of a British police officer! Just why the BBC thought they had to have a Yank do a British accent throughout the show instead of hiring an equally big named British actor is beyond me, but it works - and that's what counts.
And the reason she does such a fantastic UK accent is because although she was born in Chicago, she lived in London for many years as a child (ages 2-11) before coming back to the states. Her heart is obviously infused with the UK traits as she is faultless in this British undertaking of a role that finds her at her lowest ebb (character wise) for most of the grey show.
So, for teh record, we know that Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) is the killer; there's no mystery for us. But the series spend an equal amount of time going back and forth between Gibson's hunt to catch the killer and Paul's everyday life as a husband, father, and grief counselor. And boy, does he start to unravel one night when things don't exatly go the way he plans.
The ending is, well, unsatisfactory for my liking as ... well, ok, no need to spoil it. But after watching five (5) hours of this in a row I did actually want a more defined ending, that's all. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with a Behind-The-Scenes Featurette (12 min.)