Recently I want kindly sent a check disc for Top of the Lake you may or may not have heard of it. It's currently on the BBC and stars Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss (Peggy)
Behind the show are Oscar winning writers, directors and producers so my expectations were big. It is fair to say that this sits firmly in the mystery/drama category. So if you're looking for something a bit light with laughs than maybe this isn't for you. Despite this from the first episode the series is compelling.
The series opening with Tui, a 12 year old girl, walking chest deep into the freezing waters of an alpine lake in New Zealand. It then comes to light that she is five months pregnant and won't say who the father is.
One of my favourite things about the series is the New Zealand setting, the lake itself becomes a character in it's won right. New Zealand is really a beautiful country and we're shown again and again the harsh rurality the characters are surrounded as the mystery of Tui's disappearance comes to light.
Another of my likes about the series is Elisabeth Moss herself. She is one of my favourite actresses and her performance here is fantastic. I love how she often plays female characters who are a bit of interesting and powerful than women usually are in TV. Moss plays Robin Griffin a gusty but inexperienced detective called in to investigate. She becomes more and more obsessed with the search for Tui as we learn more and more about her history growing up in the area.
So far I'm three episodes in out of a total of six and am really looking forward to watching the other half of the series.
All in all I'd reccommend the series to people who already like dramatic criminal dramas however for those who are looking for something a bit light hearted then I'd suggest looking elsewhere. You need to be the mood to watch this, as it does centre around a child rape investigation. Whilst it's not graphic (from what I've seen so far) it seems like if I'm recommending it is courteous of me to mention this, as it may not be everyone's cup of tea for a night in from of the telly after a long day at work. Say that I the story itself is enthralling however it may be perhaps better suited to a novel where you'd expect the story to be dark and gritty rather than a series to watch for a bit of weekend entertainment.
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