The Fall: Season 2 DVD Review
Released by Madman Home Ent
The first season of this cat and mouse thriller with X Files star Gillian Anderson and Fifty Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan was essential viewing.
As the final episode rolled round, it was clear that Anderson's cop Stella Gibson wasn't going to catch her serial killing nemesis Paul Spector (Dornan) and a sense of weariness that this game was going to go on for more episodes.
Series 2 carries a little of that malaise unfortunately, despite being superlatively shot, meticulously plotted and evenly paced (ie a little slow at times). The action picks up 10 days after Gibson received the call from Spector and starts to ratchet up the tension, while stretching the credibility a little.
Both Anderson and Dornan are excellent though; with Anderson's cool cop being a blessing given today's insistence on wrapping things up with pace and speed. But it's the side stories which drag season 2 down a little into mediocrity having had the first season soar without limit.
It's still superior viewing, but there's no denying the claustrophobic thrill of the first season and the cold fear creeping down your neck just isn't there as it should be. And news there's a season 3 is something of a disappointment, despite the six episodes.
Sometimes, less is more.