The Fall

The Fall

Series 1

DVD - 2013
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DSI Stella Gibson is a steely detective on the trail of a serial killer stalking the streets of Belfast.

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Pilosha
Aug 07, 2017

Gillian Anderson is great in this series - the serial killer is this completely self0satisfied HATEFUL character which truly awakened a total fury on my part for his commitment to playing God and deciding on life or death for several women.
Very suspenseful with all the politics and the corruption of Ireland in the background and surrounding the main plot.

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petal64
Mar 28, 2017

Gillian Anderson is wonderful in a well written and well acted, strong role. She's great to watch. This is the first of three series. The first series ends and leaves you wanting more. Well worth watching if you like British/Irish crime dramas.

LibrarianShelbi Oct 28, 2016

Looking for a replacement after the critically acclaimed NBC show "Hannibal" got the axe? Look no further! "The Fall" is the closest that television has come to capturing the taut alchemy of "Hannibal": part police chase, part psychological portrait of the hunted and the hunter. If only its starred Mads Mikkelsen I would be so so happy.

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chriscoleman
Oct 24, 2016

The Fall has three seasons. In Season 1 a British investigator is brought in to Belfast to solve the murder of a prominent man's daughter. She discovers a serial killer is at large. Much of season 1 is watching him stake out his victims, follow them, and kill them, including his little rituals, while Stella (the investigator) tries to get him declared a serial killer which brings in more help to catch him. Season 2 is the downfall of Peter Paul Spector as Stella and her team closes in and captures him. Season 3 (now airing) shows the arduous path to trial after Spector claims amnesia for the time period of the murders. Only he left clues behind and they discover 9 more dead women. I liked all three seasons.

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Carl_B
Sep 23, 2016

Kind of forgettable.

AL_KATI Aug 03, 2016

Gillian Anderson isn't just Scully--what a talented actress! This series was creepy, well-scripted, and hard to stop watching. Highly recommend if you like Irish (or British) crime drama.

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WolfBert
Jul 24, 2016

It was an intense series but that killer was so creepy. It didn't make sense that he would be so nice to his kids and then go out killing at night. It's hard to understand what he is thinking; why would he do such horrible things (just because he grew up in a few foster homes?). Stella understands him though; she can read his character (even though she doesn't catch him yet). She sizes up his type pretty accurately (a man threatened by over-achieving women basically). Stella is so cool headed. You'd have to be at that job!

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voisjoe1_0
Jun 15, 2016

This started out as a 5 star psychological murder investigation and seemed to drag a bit during the last two hours. IMDb suggests that the best episodes are in the 2nd season, so I'll give it a try to see if I agree.

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chasfred
Apr 08, 2016

The conflict between Anderson's 'Stella' and her weirdly ordinary, even helpful serial killing nemesis is deeply explored, giving insights into the culture behind such crimes. The conflict peels back layers of character, until the final revealing confrontation. The coolness of her character didn't really grab me in the first episode, but I'm very happy I went back to see it through. Five stars.

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Barsby
Mar 31, 2016

This is a well crafted, dark ensemble series about police tracking down a serial killer, while his life is also explored. What's tricky and/or creepy (aside from the obvious), for viewers, is getting to know the killer as a family man with daily responsibilities. He is likable at times. Jamie Dorman's performance balances both sides brilliantly. He's one reason you can't stop watching this series; another is the talented group of actors who add more layers to the story. P.S. Seeing Belfast scenery is one last reason to check out the series.

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jimg2000
May 23, 2014

Killer: I've been watching you
with interest.
Cop: Have you?

Killer: We're very alike, you and me.

Cop: Oh, I don't think so.
Killer: Both driven by will to power,
a desire to control
everything and everyone.
Obsessive, ruthless, living
and breathing moral relativism.

It's just you're bound
by conventional notions
of what's right and wrong
and I'm free.

Cop: How are you free?
You're a slave to your desires.
You have no control at all.
You're weak. Impotent.
You think you're some kind of artist. But you're not.
Killer: Art is a lie.
Art gives the chaos
of the world an order
that doesn't exist.
Cop: Is that really why you called me?
To expound some half-baked
philosophy. I'm disappointed.

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