Now we are all used to the cops getting their man.. yes with every police drama series, the cops win and the baddie ends up in jail and the world is a safer place until the next serial killer hits the screens.
For the past few weeks, even though we have been watching it a day later, due to what we watch on Monday nights, we have engrossed ourselves in the BBC 2 Police Drama series The Fall.
I have to say, Gillian Anderson has played the part of DSI Stella Gibson well and I liked the character of this ice-cold detective. Mind you at times her mannerisms still reminded me of her character Dana Scully in the X-Files.
So last night, 24 hours later, and a whole day of not reading the reviews of the finale of the The Fall, we sat down, with BBC Iplayer and watched the final episode.
Last week’s penultimate episode left us with a cliffhanger, as to whether the baddie would escape and whether his victim would survive and be able to give a description of her assailant.
Midway during this episode, DSI Stella Gibson, stood in the corridor, with Paul Spector making his way to her, before being escorted from the building, which left me wondering whether he was going to try and murder her next. But alas no.. with only minutes to go, we are then faced with Paul Spector making a phone call to DSI Gibson, talking about his crimes .. when he mentioned the red nail varnish she was wearing and whether it was for his attention.
Now I don’t know about you but why this sharp-thinking intelligent detective did not realise that the man being escorted from the building could be the killer, when he mentioned the nail varnish I don’t know. But the penny didn’t drop there and then, otherwise there would have been a mass of Police cars descending on the address Paul Spector had given the cops and the streets of Northern Ireland would have been safe once again.
So there we were waiting in anticipation, for the moment to arrive when the misogynistic serial killer Paul Spector, played by Jamie Dornan would end up behind bars for good, only to feel let down at the turn of events that led to Paul Spector evading the Police and driving off into the distance with his family in the car. So there we have this family man, admitting to his wife about having an affair with an underage girl (another lie) after his wife wants to know why he asked her to lie to the Police for him… and what does his wife do?.. Oh yes leaves him and then ends up making love to him… come on get real. Not forgetting the fact that he torched his own car at a scrap yard to get rid of the evidence.. and still his wife doesn’t question where his car is?
With the final scene of the series, being shot back at the hospital where DSI Gibson is looking at the e-fit that didn’t look like him at all and listening to his chilling call again, when Gibson is informed that his latest victim has now regained consciousness… roll credits.
We now know there is going to be a second series and yes I will watch the next series, which was only confirmed as being commissioned at the end of May.
Whether the second series will continue with the Paul Spector storyline or whether he will make another appearance during the course of the next series, I don’t know… but personally I thought it was a naff ending to a series… and the series ended rather lamely, with last week’s cliffhanger being more gripping and wondering if he was going to get caught or whether he would manage to escape.
All I can say it would have been a very disappointing ending to a drama series, if there was not going to be another series. Perhaps in the next series they can tie up the loose ends left and the cops get their man…