I finished the first season of The Fall last night; I plowed thru it right quick - you may recall I brought it up just three weeks ago to show off some Jamie Dornan skin in the currently airing second season and I said at that time I hadn't seen any of the show. Well in the comments there y'all convinced me to give it a go and go I did - I started watching the first season less than a week ago, and granted it's only five hours of TV but I've been busy this week and I still got 'er done.
Because it's pretty good! It's highly engrossing, at least, and Anderson's fantastic. Dornan's used well, but sometimes he's awfully pose-y... but then sometimes that seems purposeful? By the makers of the show, I mean - I think they are maybe using Dornan's stiffness as an actor to their benefit? It is a theme, for sure, flipping the gender script on serial-killer conventions - after some initial doubts I do think the show is aware that its treating its killer as the same sort of mannequin that women and women's bodies are often treated as in these stories. Dornan's the one being posed and exploited here.
Similarly I couldn't decide for awhile if the show was serious about Dornan's character's artistic serial-killer ambitions or if it was making fun of TV shows romanticizing that sort of posturing. It does make an interest companion piece to Hannibal, Gillian Anderson being the thru-line, which takes that artiness to its gorgeously deranged extreme - The Fall seems to instead flatten out the art angle, and make it seem just pathetic and empty from its killer. Anyway I'm prepped to dive right into the second season now. Thoughts?