Low Winter Sun Season 1 Review “There Was a Girl”

Low Winter Sun Episode 1 Pilot (4)

After several hours spent slowly building the tension, “There Was a Girl” pushed Low Winter Sun into the final leg of the season. With the first major crossover between the cop and criminal characters, as well as an answer to the question that is Joe Geddes, the narrative kicked into full swing this week, despite some clunky dialogue and weak scenes.

After a season-long investigation, worlds finally collided in a big way as Agnew brought Damon in for questioning regarding Khalil’s case and the murder of McCann. There was certainly tension in seeing whether or not Agnew and Geddes could get a confession out of Damon, but these scenes were a bit flat because, well, the focus was on Damon. I know, I mention it on a weekly basis, but Damon has just come across as a dull character all season. When he was talking about running away to Florida and leaving the criminal life behind, I found myself hoping he might just do it.

As a result, the interrogation scenes felt a bit like something you’d see on Law & Order. You care about the investigators, but the criminals are just the random crook of the week. This was most evident when Agnew and Geddes were interrogating Damon’s crew, who really were a bunch of random faces. That said, the scenes where Agnew took Damon off-camera to beat him up did have some weight to them, if only because of the sheer brutality on display.

Geddes, however, chose a poor moment for an outburst, which was the first real crack in his façade. Ultimately, this led to Agnew discovering Geddes’ true colors. This was a long time coming, and I’ll give the show credit for keeping the mystery of just how crooked Geddes was so well. It’s easy to believe that it would take this long for Boyd and Khalil to piece it all together, even with Boyd suspecting Geddes from the beginning.

Unfortunately, Geddes’ breakdown on the boat was the episode’s weakest scene. It hit a lot of the necessary notes, having him explain how he fell in with the Greeks and McCann, but the scene fell flat. The culprit here was really the writing, which made for a lot of clunky dialogue and metaphors about how Geddes is a weak man, always looking for the path of least resistance like the river does. On top of that, we’ve seen Agnew blow up over just suspecting Geddes of lying to him. Here, he found out and just sort of seethed. Sure, he sunk the boat, but it all felt so subdued. If nothing else, credit to Mark Strong and Lennie James, as this scene was saved by two great actors elevating the material as written.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!

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