Low Winter Sun Season 1 Review “No Rounds”

Low Winter Sun Episode 3 No Rounds (4)

Agnew and Geddes continued to play the system and their fellow officers in “No Rounds,” this week’s episode of Low Winter Sun. While the overall pace of the episode was slower than the first two, there were still enough strong moments to make for an enjoyable hour of television.

Right off the bat, we were given a better idea of where Geddes’ loyalty lies. It was nice getting to see him actually save Katia’s life. While it solidifies the fact that he lied to Agnew in order to get his help, it also shows that he’s nowhere near as far gone as McCann was. Of course, the scene didn’t entirely absolve him, and he continued to act in a more aggressive, self-serving way than Agnew. He wants to see someone go down for the crime, whereas Agnew is dedicated to just letting the case go cold.

In service to this goal, the duo continued to play their parts as dutiful detectives, something their doing a remarkably good job of. Agnew has an ally in Boyd, even if the two don’t entirely trust in each other. It’s a risky position to be in, but it gives Agnew a chance to stay informed of all angles of the investigation. Meanwhile, the interrogation of the witness made for some great moments, particularly Agnew admitting that he drives the same make of car that the witness saw at the scene. Again, their constantly playing with fire, but it makes for an exciting sense of danger.

However, the slow pace of the episode did raise a few concerns. Given the premise of the series, I was left wondering how long this show can go. It is based on a British mini-series, after all. With only ten episodes, this could be a concise drama. However, if the show is successful enough to warrant a second year, will that mean dragging things out? That’s the exact problem many viewers had with the second season of The Killing, another AMC crime drama.

Not helping is the criminal element in the show, which continues to disappoint. Again, it’s all competent material, it’s just not providing anything new or exciting. I think this part of the narrative would’ve been better served if Damon’s journey as an up-and-coming crime lord was beyond the point where they’re struggling to keep the lights in his headquarters on.

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