The Fall

The Fall

Series 1

DVD - 2013
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Publisher: [Silver Spring, Md.] : Acorn, 2013.
ISBN: 9781621721185
Branch Call Number: DVD TV SHOW FALL SERIES 1
Characteristics: 2 video discs (approximately 306 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Set in Belfast, The Fall follows Stella Gibson (played by my childhood crush Gillian Anderson), a detective superintendent tasked with pursuing a serial killer who slowly tortures and rapes his victims. This psycho-sexual thriller is unique in that its plot is told through a dual lens - from the... Read More »

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Mar 16, 2019

The last part of Episode 4 was so damaged that nothing I tried to view it worked. Thus, we had no idea how it ended. We went to Episode 5 to try to pick up what happened at the end of 4. Toward the end of Episode 5, the same thing happened. We don't have a clue as to how Series 1 concluded. It's very frustrating. We have the only Blockbuster in the United States in our city. Maybe they have Series 1 so we can rent it to learn the conclusion.

Feb 26, 2019

Slow, but intense, harrowing, ever dramatic. Seemed somewhat unrealistic, with so little proximate armed security in the hospital, the criminal psychiatric facility, & even the police interrogation rooms. Unless that is the reality in Northern Ireland, which I doubt.

Feb 14, 2019

The basic story line was good, another serial killer, but Gillian Anderson was the wrong person for this role. For all 3 series, all you see is Gillian with her pouty lips, has no idea how to smile or crack one. This series was a snoozer (I guess I came to this conclusion after watching the series "Luther." )

Maybe it's my gripe, but I hate it when a large portion of the series is on the "one" person on a formed task force to investigate a serial killer--that person was Gillian. Gillian's character was so precise, so OCD; I'm surprised she didn't set a goal for how many times to breath in and out.

Gillian was called in to help with a newly formed task force to catch a serial killer in Belfast; apparently she has had some history working with the Belfast police force. The first series she's formed the opinion that the three women victims were killed by the same person-her superior things otherwise. The investigation first series is slow: just reviewing what they already know about the killer (but when it comes out of Gillian's mouth, everyone on the task force is astonished, hearing it for the first time). Next, we see her eyeing all her one-night stands with her colleagues. One of those one-night stands is with her superior, who in one scene states (paraphrasing), "I would have given up my family, my kids to be with you. Do you have any idea the influence you have over men." Simply ridiculous.

Series 2, the task force actually starts doing investigative work. This is when a bond develops between Gillian and the killer: one of cat and mouse. Whatever bond developed, I didn't feel it.

I watched part of Series 2 and jumped right to Series 3, last episode; I couldn't watch any more of the cat and mouse games. Don't want to give to much away, but the ending was, well, very disappointing.

Dec 19, 2018

This is an excellent psychological thriller. I have been waiting for Gillian Anderson to do another series. Her accent wavers a little, but she’s great in the role. Series 1: scary, there’s nudity, very bloody scenes, some swearing, and, as thrillers go, there is brutality against women. Set in N. Ireland, the weather adds to the dark mood of this series 1. Would not advise children under 8 years, and 8-12 with supervision.

May 12, 2018

Set in Ireland, this crime drama follows the actions of a serial killer and the detective charged with his capture. Certainly not for the faint of heart. This show is dark and offers little respite throughout. It has the same melancholy feeling as other British crime dramas such as Broadchurch and Happy Valley.

Perhaps the most troubling part of the show is the lead actor, shown to be capable of horrible acts, is extremely charismatic. At times we may find ourselves unwillingly rooting for the villain to elude capture. If you can handle that and the subject matter at large, give this one a try. Just make sure you queue up 'The Office' afterwards to cleanse your viewing palette.

Oct 22, 2017

Really well done, bit disappointed with the ending
Enough said

Sep 13, 2017

Terrific series. Smart, intelligent characters and dialogue; suspense-filled plot (even though the viewer knows the identify of the murderer); one of the better TV police/serial killer series. Typical British tone (which is preferable to the often-soapy, melodramatic American versions). Not for the faint of heart. 5 out of 5 stars.

Aug 25, 2017

A ho-hum detective movie, but then again I'm not a big fan of Gillian Anderson. I suppose I'll force myself to sit through the 2nd series to see how it ends (but not too soon).

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.

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.

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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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