The Fall: Chasing the Spector

Hello everyone! For this week’s tv series show we have the Netflix/BBC collaboration The Fall.

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DIRECTED/CREATED BY: Allan Cubitt, Jakob Verbruggen

STARRING: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Archie Panjabi

NO. OF EPISODES: 11

GENRE: Crime Drama, Thriller

YEAR: 2013-

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

the_fallMetropolitan Police Superintendent Stella Gibson, a senior investigating officer tasked with the reviewing of investigations, is seconded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in order to assess the progress of a murder investigation that has remained active for longer than 28 days. When it becomes apparent a serial killer is on the loose, local detectives must work with Stella to find and capture Paul Spector, who is attacking young professional women in the city of Belfast.

Surprise! We have yet another Netflix original (or exclusive, not exactly sure anymore) for you! Another one of BBC’s fantastic crime short series made viewable to us via the great Netflix gods, The Fall is entertaining yet difficult to watch. The main cast performances, particularly Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, are incredibly on point and easily personify each of their respective characters. Their cat and mouse chase is obviously the main focus of the series and it is incredibly enjoyable to watch while hoping Specter gets away.

The-FallI do have to warn you now, the series is incredibly slow moving. Lengthily spread over 11 episodes and two mini series (more like seasons), it could have easily been cut down to one series spanning six episodes. It took me an incredibly long time to watch it, easily growing bored after a mere two episodes. While the series as a whole is one of the better BBC dramas I have seen on Netflix, it lacks due to poor pacing.

PROS:

  • Main cast performances.
  • British drama.
  • Cat and Mouse game.

CONS:

  • Length
  • Pacing

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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Hemlock Grove

Hello Everybody! On Today’s new movie/tv show, we have Netflix’s Hemlock Grove.

HEMLOCK GROVE

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DIRECTOR: Brian McGreevy

STARRING: Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron, Penelope Mitchell, Freya Tingley, Dougray Scott, Tiio Horn, Joel de la Fuente

GENRE: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Supernatural drama, Mystery

NO. OF EPISODES: 23 Episodes, 2 Seasons

YEAR: 2013-

COUNTRY: United States

The series is set in the town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania. The town is a mixture of extreme wealth and poverty, as the closing of the town’s steel mill many years earlier caused many to lose their jobs. The town’s main sources of employment are now the Godfrey Institute for Biomedical Technologies and Hemlock Acres Hospital. Heading the Institute – which is rumored to conduct sinister experiments on a daily basis – is the imposing Olivia Godfrey (Famke Janssen), while Hemlock Acres’ lead psychiatrist is Olivia’s dead husband’s brother, Dr. Norman Godfrey (Dougray Scott).

As season one opens, the town’s rumor mill turns even more twisted, as two teenage girls are brutally killed and their bodies left for unsuspecting people to find the next day. Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron) a 17-year-old roma boy, is suspected of the crimes by some of the townsfolk; he is also rumored to be a werewolf. While secretly he is a werewolf, he is not the killer, and, along with the heir to the Godfrey estate, the troubled Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgård), he sets out to solve the mystery.hemlock-grove_0

Rounding out the main cast of characters of the first season are Norman’s daughter and Roman’s cousin, the beautiful, pregnant, Letha Godfrey (Penelope Mitchell) who claims the father of her unborn child is an angel from Heaven, and Christina Wendall (Freya Tingley), a lonely girl who becomes interested in Peter.

For season two, two former supporting characters were promoted to the main cast of characters: Peter’s con-artist older cousin Destiny (Tiio Horn), who makes her living as a psychic medium, and Dr. Johann Pryce (Joel de la Fuente), the lead scientist of the Godfrey Institute, a brilliant but ruthless man of science, gifted with super-strength. A cult has arisen that is bent on destroying the supernatural creatures in Hemlock Grove by any means necessary. To make matters worse, both Peter and Roman struggle with their nature, as Peter risks becoming the same killer from the first season and Roman, after his full immersion with his true nature in the first season, has developed an insatiable hunger to kill. As they fight their enemies and deal with their situations, they must also deal with the monsters they are becoming, or have already become.

The new episodes are mediocre in terms of plot and character development, but they’re also consistently paced, and no longer bogged down by exposition: They smooth out the rough edges, avoid anything too strange, and minimize the slow, pondering moments of faux-profundity. This sort of stylistic reboot is a blessing and a curse, as it makes the series easier to watch on an episode-to-episode basis, but it also fails to compel you to continue.

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Hemlock Grove, unfortunately, is absolutely dreadful. The Roth-directed drama is an almost unwatchable muddle of horror tropes and painfully creaky dialogue. The show is set in an eerie Pennsylvania town that is equal parts Twin Peaks;Twilight’s Forks, Washington; and Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Sunnydale. The brutal murder of a high school student puts the entire town on edge, particularly since it appears that she was ripped apart by a wild animal while en route to a lesbian encounter with her teacher.

PROS:

  •  Rip off of Twin Peaks done right.
  • Some decent attempts at acting.

CONS:

  •  Sluggish.
  • Not interesting.
  • True Bloods wannabe.
  • Horrible direction.

SCORE: 4.0 / 10

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Luther: Boy Does He Have Anger Issues

Hello everybody! Today we have the BBC police procedural mini series Luther.

LUTHER

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CREATED BY: Neil Cross

STARRING: Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown, Steven Mackintosh, Indira Varma, Saskia Reeves, Paul McGann, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Aimee-Ffion Edwards. David O’Hara, Sienna Guillory

NO. OF EPISODES: 14

GENRE: Psychological Crime Drama

YEAR: 2010-2015

COUNTRY: United Kindom

“Luther” follows the cases of a troubled yet brilliant English police detective, DCI John Luther (Idris Elba). Separated from his wife, whom he loves passionately, he is torn between an unrelenting approach to solving serial killings and his attempts to rekindle his marriage. Luther is a highly charged emotional man who is not above stretching the law to solve a case or save a life. In episode one, Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) proves she is equally brilliant by committing the perfect murder of her parents, which challenges Luther as never before. Alice develops a strange fascination for Luther and their continued exchanges and interplay serve as a backdrop for the rest of the season. Luther’s edgy police tactics make him a serious concern to his superiors, who feel that he is a threat to their reputations and that of the Police force. From the opening credits to the end of season one, “Luther” is a fast paced mystery presented with many plot twists and insights into the human psyche.

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I know what you’re thinking: Luther is just like any other screwed up TV cop fighting his inner demons—been there, seen that. But what separates Luther  from the latest wave of dark police dramas is what separates Luther from any of those cops: Idris Elba. The outstanding Elba broods like no other actor, and adds nuance to the series beyond the excellent writing of series creator Neil Cross and his team.Ripley and Luther  series 3 episode 2

The supporting cast is every bit as good as Elba. Ruth Wilson is icily creepy as the former child genius turned murderess and Luther-idolizing nut job Alice Morgan. Warren Brown as Justin Ripley adds real dimension to the usually one-dimensional role of the main character’s partner. And best of all, Aimee-Ffion Edwards is extraordinary as Jenny, who fights to hide her vulnerability but eventually learns to trust Luther and perhaps even believe that she can turn her young life around.

PROS:

  • Neil Cross
  • Idris Elba performance.
  • Supporting cast performance
  • Character development.

CONS:

  • Convoluted plot.
  • Some faults in dialogue.

SCORE: 8.3 / 10

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