Watch The Fall
- 3 Seasons
The Fall stars Gillian Anderson (X-files) as inspector Stella Gibson, a police superintendent determined to solve the puzzles that link two unsolved murders. Those murders were committed by the show's other main character - grief counselor Paul Spector, played by Jamie Dornan (Once Upon a Time). The Fall's plot and scenes are often slow moving. They show the care Gibson takes in piecing together clues in order to track down Spector. They also show the intricate plots Spector comes up with. The show's creators pay attention to every detail. The audience is allowed to witness many of the same things Gibson witnesses - including entire emergency calls, trouble with co-workers and even the wrinkles on her face as she scrubs it with a washcloth in the opening scene. Likewise, the audience gets a very personal view of the killer's victims and their habits. Indeed, the audience sees nearly everything about the victim. It sees what the victim wears during a night on the town and what the victim wears when home alone. It sees the items the victim keeps in her dresser drawers. It sees photographs, eating habits and career choices. While some crime dramas tell the audience very little about their antagonist's personal lives, The Fall gives the audience a very intimate view into Spector's life. The audience sees Spector's family. It shows him as a father and lets the audience see him interact with his children. It shows Spector at his work. Ironically, he is a grief counselor, who helps patients work through their pain, only to create pain when he is off the job. The audience sees almost as much of Spector as it does of Gibson. While The Fall is more of a psychological thriller than it is a slasher series, it does feature scenes of horror. Spector doesn't just kill his victims - he tortures them brutally until they die. Yet what may horrify audiences more is the time Spector takes to learn about his victims. His very personal method of stalking makes his predatory moves more sinister and macabre. The show is set and filmed in Belfast and, therefore, has a distinctly Irish flavor to it. This sets it apart from most other mainstream crime dramas.