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It was very slick, very knowing and Anderson and Dornan were actually very good. But if there is a more Athena version of a serial killer out there, I'm yet to see it.
This show is binge watching at its best; it's at once compulsively watchable and intelligent, well-written and beautifully acted with compelling performances to boot.
Appreciating we're only a fifth of the way through, the pity is that The Fall thinks by revealing its killer from the off, it's reinvigorating the genre, when all it's done is undo the valves and let the tension guff out.
The Fall is a top-flight mystery that taps into political tensions in Northern Ireland and the troubling undercurrent of violence against women.
You want this monster caught, and yet every time he trips up, you wince. With only five episodes, The Fall makes for a perfect, not-too-long marathon.
The Fall has been fabulous telly in every sense, and this ending should not leave fans unsatisfied.
Stella Gibson is an incredibly fascinating character - crummy accent by Gillian Anderson aside.
The Fall presents voyeurism both as a mode of entertainment and as a transgression, but I am not sure, in the end, that the show is not part of the problem it diagnoses
Anderson is fantastic as an updated version of DI Jane Tennison, Helen Mirren's detective in Prime Suspect : in her head she's the boss but in reality she isn't.
The Fall's intention of revealing the dangerous connection between sex and death isn't only audacious, but also endlessly seductive.
Audience Reviews for The Fall: Season 1
Dec 02, 2020Familiar faces Gillian Anderson (The Crown) and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey), A similar vibe to Discovery's Manhunt and Hulu's Looming Tower, but this takes place in Belfast. You have the parallel storytelling of both the killer and the police, all their struggles, and people in their life. A bit dragged on S2 but still interesting.
Aug 30, 2020Good, but not great. Very provocative and dark at times, however I feel that it is just that a lot of the time and episodes seem slow for my taste. But some good acting in from the leadshelp steer the season through.
Aug 19, 2020In a dark, sexy and psychological thriller, The Fall delivers on all fronts for me. Gillian Anderson is sublime in her role and her co-actors help raise the intensity of a well-written script. The first season left me hanging for season two. Without doubt, this is the best series I have seen on Netflix.
Aug 14, 2020Poor, variable acting, bad directing, slow, underwealming. Don't get sucked in and waste your life!
Aug 06, 2020Brilliant. BBC Belfast have done themselves proud. Lot of hype with Jamie these days but I didn't think the guy could act. Now I know he deserved his award as best actor. A very good series with brilliant performances from both Gillian Anderson and Jamie.
Jun 03, 2020Compelling crime drama with great atmosphere and extraordinary performances creates suspense, but this first season very disappointingly ends in mid-air, although the conclusion is clearly at hand.
May 31, 2020As the tough but emotionally stunted detective, I like Gillian Anderson in this role even more than the X-Files.
May 08, 2020Fantastic! I wish there was more! I love the character Gillian plays.
May 01, 2020Very well constructed show. For a procedural-thriller, the writing is very unique, especially coupled with the backdrop of Belfast (and all of the city's complexities), creating a wonderful mixture of beauty and devastation. It is a slow but good burn and being only five episodes means quality is favoured over quantity. Acting is subtle and strong from both Anderson & Dornan. My favourite television series of all time.
Sep 07, 2019Griping series. Terrific acting/editing.