The Fall

Gillian Anderson’s a talented babe and, in case you didn’t know, she’s got a new show and it’s fantastic. The Fall airs on Mondays over on BBC Two, and it’s so good they just ordered a second season.

Now I’ve heard some grumblings that some folks don’t much care for her accent, so I’m just going to get this out of the way. You’re kidding, right? Her accent’s fine. It’s not like she’s Demi Moore testing her chops against Daniel Day Lewis in The Scarlet Letter, or sportin’ what could have been construed as a speech impediment like Winona Ryder in Dracula. Yeah, where were all the Accent Police when that was going down, huh? Case dismissed.

The Fall delivers, and it does it with a twist. It’s a show about two hunters. One’s a killer and the other is the detective trying to catch him. We already know who the killer is. In fact, his crimes run side-by-side with her inquiries. We watch the drama unfold as it happens and, four episodes in, I’m hooked.

Anderson plays Stella Gibson, a no-nonsense detective called in to work a high profile multiple homicide case. She’s reserved. Direct. Unapologetic. I like her Spartan attitude and the way it manifests itself. The British crime beat’s still an Old Boys Club. She knows this, she just doesn’t care. She blinks instead of balking because she’s all about the job, and she gets it done.

If you haven’t started watching yet, you should. It’s not some new guilty pleasure or a bad habit. It’s hard-boiled entertainment with Anderson’s at her finest.

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