The Fall (Season 2)

Click here to read the review of Season One. Special thanks to Anne for lending us the show.

Well, what a fun day! Not only because I had a half-day at college, but also because it was my brother’s 17th birthday. After getting some work done, it was good to relax with his favourite meal (Chinese take-out) and gaming presents (I would recommend Hyrule Warriors, but I’m unsure on new-release Evolve).

But I’ve also had a good week. I performed in a fun pantomime with the witty name Phantomime, I am currently half-way through watching the Oscars, as I wasn’t one of the devoted who stayed up for 1:30am, and I finally got hold of Season 2 of The Fall. Oh how I’ve missed the cat-and-mouse chase. This will be a fairly quick review. I’ll pretty much just say what was better/not better. Simple enough, let’s get going.

LET’S GET THE PLOT DONE… SPOILER-FREE…

Superintendent Gibson still hunts for the illusive serial killer Paul Spector, but she is closing in on his trail. With baby-sitter Katie Bendetto getting closer to Spector, and Rose Stagg becoming a key witness to Spector, amongst others, things are heating up. Or should do, anyway.

So here’s one thing that got me: everyone was apparently killed on the investigation (Operation Musicman) because almost all the original cast were ditched. Sure, you have Spector’s family, key victims and a couple of policeman still the same, but I was surprised at how many people had been changed for others. It’s just a statement, not a bad point, but it was just a little weird how a lot of people had changed. There could be a million reasons, but who knows?

To start with, the series takes a different look on the situation. There’s a kidnapping, Spector is pretty much restrained on his killings due to the police, and Gibson is focussing down on Spector being the main suspect. Therefore, the drama hits a bit of a slow pace. Side-plots have been axed, and leaves the story to focus more on Gibson and Spector. It’s a shame, because the side-plots gave some interesting stories. The side-plots collide more with the two stars rather than being independent of the main plot.

To say it quickly, Gibson is great in the show, as per usual. I say it quickly because I want to talk about Jamie Dornan: Spector. Now we can all recognise the name, because he recently starred in 50 Shades of Grey, and I think the experience hasn’t left him, because he’s starting to turn more grey each episode. He could give more. There’s nothing there that grabbed my attention until the final episode, where we finally see what we’ve all been waiting for. But come on, Dornan, kick it up a notch.

Again, tension seemed to lack. It picks up in the final few episodes but… for goodness sake, the first season had someone killed in the first episode, and an assassination in the second. I’m not saying “killing someone always racks up the tension” but nothing really hit me for the first few episodes.

And one last thing: it becomes illogical. The way that the police constantly screw up is unbelievable. No-one seems to be able to shut off their feelings from their job. Also, leaving two officers twenty feet away from a “prisoner” handcuffed to another policeman doesn’t bode well. The “prisoner” saw the key in the detective’s pocket. He could reach for his gun and run off into the surrounding forest.

But on some brighter points, the last couple of episodes were great, and finally got me glued to the screen. Tense, thrilling, and shocking. Also, a shout out to John Lynch as Jim Burns, who won the Award for Best Role I Loved to Hate. At points I don’t know whether it was intentional, but gosh I hate that character (but in a good way, because it was acted well). And also Valene Kane as Rose Stagg, who was just generally awesome.

SO I GUESS IN CONCLUSION…

Yes, it lacks in tension, logic, plot, and some acting *cough* Dornan *cough*, but there are good moments throughout, and the last couple of episodes kicks the series back towards its former glory. I give Season One the best season so far, but Season Two can hold its own with a couple of hidden punches within the episodes.

Hopefully a special review for Sunday. Be ready!

Vinci

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