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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.

Monday 9:00 PM et/pt on BBC TWO
3 Seasons, 17 Episodes
May 13, 2013
Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama, Family
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Aisling Franciosi
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The Fall Full Episode Guide

  • To her discomfort, Gibson's dream journal is released to Spector's defense team. Spector's psychiatric team evaluates his fitness to stand trial, and Katie appears in court for violating her bail conditions.

  • Despite Gibson's warnings to her superiors, Spector's wife and children are involved in a nearly tragic incident. Spector meets with his defense team before being moved from the hospital to a psychiatric clinic.

  • Having found Spector's lock-up, Gibson reads through his journals, considering the possibility that there may be as many as nine more murders. Still recovering in the hospital, Spector seems to be suffering from long-term memory loss.

  • Burns and his superiors decide to give Spector's name to the media, and Gibson faces opposition from Burns before her interview with the policing executive about the shooting. Katie lashes out, and Spector's daughter grows more curious about what happened to her father.

  • Gibson watches over Spector as he undergoes emergency surgery for gunshot wounds. Spector's latest victim, Rose Stagg, also recovers in the same hospital, along with DS Anderson. Meanwhile, Gibson and Burns try to fend off the media.

  • Gibson's investigation leads her to Spector's lair, but there is no evidence of Rose Stagg. After Spector makes a final play to try and stay in control, Gibson gets the chance to have some sort of answers.

  • Spector is under surveillance and Gibson is determined to have a solid arrest plan in place. But Spector's unpredictability upsets Gibson's plan.

  • Gibson tells Burns she believes Paul witnessed their hotel room confrontation. She is shocked when she discovers that Spector has been visiting one of his victims in the hospital, and finally manages to put surveillance on him.

  • Gibson asks for extensive suirvellance on Spector's family as she believes they will lead her to Paul. The search for Rose grows more desperate as each hour passes and as Spector and Gibson encounter a near miss, things get personal.

  • Paul Spector takes Rose Stagg away from her home in the dead of the night, and finds out he knows she's gone to the police.

  • It has been less than two weeks since Paul Spector told DSI Stella Gibson that she would never catch him. Meanwhile, Stella fails to help Spector's surviving victim to identify her attacker. Spector discovers someone from his past is cooperating with the police about their enquiries.

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