Four Reasons to Watch The Fall

The Fall season 2 DVD cover

Are you a fan of crime dramas? How about psychological thrillers? Do you enjoy watching the cat and mouse game between law enforcement and criminals? If you answer yes to any of those questions, then you must watch The Fall.

The Fall is a British produced program which airs on BBC Two. So far two seasons have aired, and the third season will be shown in 2016 in Britain. Both seasons are available on DVD in the US, with the second season having just been released on March 1, 2016. Both seasons were also released on Blu-ray on March 1, 2016. The first season had five episodes, and the second season had six. The DVDs and Blu-ray sets include a behind the scenes featurette for season one and a behind the scenes featurette, deleted scenes and a photo gallery for season two.

The Fall is set and filmed in Northern Ireland, with the majority of the action centered on Belfast. It stars Gillian Anderson of X-Files fame and Jamie Dornan who is best known for Fifty Shades of Grey.

The basic storyline of a serial killer being pursued by the police may seem run of the mill, but this program is far from any such classification.

Pacing
 

Stella and Reed - The Fall

It seems that most of the crime dramas I watch proceed at full throttle, where even the actors speak quickly. It is like they are trying to pack in more action and words per minute than their competitors. While I am not saying that fast action is a bad thing, it can be refreshing to come across a program where it seems the attitude of less is better comes across so clearly.

Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of action in The Fall! But, I do not feel like I am on the express train the entire time I am watching it. While some people do not enjoy this slower pace, it does give the audience time to process what is going on, pausing and pondering right along with the characters. While it might not be appropriate for all shows, I find it works well in this case.

Gripping Drama
 

Paul and Olivia - The Fall

As with any crime drama, there are a lot of highly dramatic moments and tense action events. It is hard to watch this show and not be completely pulled in to the lives of these characters and the surrounding drama that encompasses their lives!

In particular, I find myself on the edge of my seat as the serial killer, Paul Spector, methodically goes about his routine – both planning his murders and also the secret life he leads at home; his family unaware of his tendencies. Trying to understand his motivations is probably the biggest mystery in the show, as we see him working as a bereavement counselor and helping an abused wife get help, then carefully planning his next murder.

Then there is a stark contrast between Paul the serial killer and Paul the devoted father. He actually gives his daughter a necklace taken from one of his victims! At one point he says to his wife, “No one can know what’s going on in someone else’s mind and life would be intolerable if we did.” Juxtaposing that idea with watching him interact with his children makes it an even more sobering thought.

Haunting Soundtrack
 

Dani and Stella - The Fall

While most of the time we may not notice the soundtrack on a program or in a movie, it is crucial to setting the mood and heightening the anxiety of the viewer in a crime or suspense drama. For The Fall, there is a very haunting and almost dissonant soundtrack that heightens the emotions of the viewer.

Not Your Classic Whodunit
 

Paul - The Fall

Unlike most crime procedurals, the viewer knows right from the beginning who the murderer is. This is a nice change, and really is responsible for adding to the increased sense of anxiety the viewer feels as we watch helplessly while he stalks and kills another victim. We can’t help but wonder whether or not he will make a blunder, or how things will unravel… because we know that eventually they will!

Will his family discover the location of his secret diary and stash of mementos from a kill? His hiding place is, in my opinion, not the best. Will the police finally figure out who he is and find him before he kills again? After watching season one, I was left with so many questions. Now part way through season two, some of the questions have been answered, but of course more arise.

 

If you are looking for some engrossing programming, then definitely you need to watch The Fall. However, please be forewarned that it can be pretty intense, so if you are sensitive to semi graphic images and action, you might want to tread carefully. If you do watch The Fall, be sure to come back and tell me what you think about it! I love it when you tell me your opinions!