The Fall (Season 1)

Cold Cop v. Keen Killer

I’m doing a quick review today! Partly because I’m only reviewing the first five episode season of the CSI show with a twist, and also because I hope to finally have a special video review up and ready to view. Editing takes time; I have found out the heard way.

But to the review! My mother (who would like to remain unmentioned in my reviews… starting now) was lent the box-set, and I felt that watching a good thriller would make an enjoyable and relaxing evening. I did not get the latter.SO LET’S GET THE PLOT DONE

Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) is asked to come and review a murder investigation that has been active for longer than twenty-eight days. The serial killer is immediately shown to the audience as Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), a bereavement counselor and family man who stalks and strangles young professional women at their own homes. The cat and mouse chase begins.

The important point of this show is what is shown to the audience. We know who the serial killer is, we know which clues are leading the police closer to capturing the killer, so what makes this program so good? It’s because the program is subtle in that respect. Tiny bits of information are given to us, casually dropped into conversations. Speculations of the police give us one view, and the silent Spector stalking his prey through their house either confirm or eradicate those speculations (while being incredibly creepy in the process). The way that the first murder isn’t shown being committed, only his ritual warm-up and his preparing of the body, also shows how tension and drama doesn’t need the absolute grit (although for those gore-fans, you will get some blood-soaked action).

But that’s not all, folks. This is a dramatized portrayal of the police force. Of course there’s scandal and cracked officers and the occasional dead policeman. The side-stories are interesting enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, the twists reminding me of Game of Thrones in the way of suddenness and unpredictability, adding to the tension and drama.

The characters are well-developed and interesting alone. Spector’s conveys total innocence as the family-man and meek employee, seemingly fatherly with his two young children and threatened daily by bosses and clients. Gibson is cold and thorough in her investigations, her hard exterior strong and flawless when under pressure. Even when you see the cracks appear, don’t look too closely, because it’s just blinding white fury under the sturdy framework of the character.

A strong, fairly young, professional women… Spector might have a field day.

In addition, characters are so diverse and the sets so different, that you really do find yourself in the real world. The way that you sneakily see the emergency services dispatcher move onto the next call before cutting shows a continuation of life that continues to flow. From high-profile investors to sneaky journalists and Protestant neighborhoods, you find yourself in a realistic Belfast with all manner of society.


A grim and cut-throat Belfast that showcases its life as we watch death fill our screens. Dark twists and shady deeds create an epic backdrop for a desperate race to minimize victims and get closer to Spector. And will I be watching Season Two? A resounding yes, I reply.