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by Lucy
Jul 27, 2017 6:17PM EDT
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Top of the Lake is a very dark and emotional mini series, with plenty of twists, turns and complications (although a fairly predictable narrative overall) The case of a missing, pregnant minor is explored in beautiful rural New Zealand, with many small town personalities and politics crossing and sparks flying die to the return of Detective Robin (the excellent Elizabeth Moss). The series spends 6 hours piecing the case together from fragments and slowly working out who could be trusted and who couldn't. What really makes Top of the Lake different from other crime dramas is the stark contrast between how men and women are written. We see things through Robin (and outsider/insider to the community) and she distrusts all the men at some point, for different reasons. They all give her, and the audience, reasons to dislike them and seperating the truth of this from Robin's bias is all part of the drama. The reach and influence of the men in Laketop is incredible and the series shows just how destructive this can be in a very startling way, with bombshells being dropped in the last episode, one after the other. In contrast, the women are shown to be survivers and fighters, from the mothers losing their children to the women in GJ's shelter, caring for each other and standing in solidarity after every horrific event in Laketop. The series lacks a complete resolution to the crimes in the final episode, and GJ's exit let down her character a lot, but aside from that, there's not too much I can fault in the drama. I enjoyed putting together bits of Robin's past from flashbacks and it solidified her as a flawed, but strong character. Elizabeth Moss plays her with subtly and strength and goodness knows how she got into Robin's mindset, but she does so brilliantly and convincingly. I look forward to watching how Robin grows as a character in series 2.
Top of the Lake is a very dark and emotional mini series, with plenty of twists, turns and complications (although a fairly predictable narrative overall) The case of a missing, pregnant minor is explored in beautiful rural New Zealand, with many small town personalities and politics crossing and sparks flying die to the return of Detective Robin (the excellent Elizabeth Moss). The series spends 6 hours piecing the case together from fragments and slowly working out who could be trusted and who couldn't. What really makes Top of the Lake different from other crime dramas is the stark contrast between how men and women are written. We see things through Robin (and outsider/insider to the community) and she distrusts all the men at some point, for different reasons. They all give her, and the audience, reasons to dislike them and seperating the truth of this from Robin's bias is all part of the drama. The reach and influence of the men in Laketop is incredible and the series shows just how destructive this can be in a very startling way, with bombshells being dropped in the last episode, one after the other. In contrast, the women are shown to be survivers and fighters, from the mothers losing their children to the women in GJ's shelter, caring for each other and standing in solidarity after every horrific event in Laketop. The series lacks a complete resolution to the crimes in the final episode, and GJ's exit let down her character a lot, but aside from that, there's not too much I can fault in the drama. I enjoyed putting together bits of Robin's past from flashbacks and it solidified her as a flawed, but strong character. Elizabeth Moss plays her with subtly and strength and goodness knows how she got into Robin's mindset, but she does so brilliantly and convincingly. I look forward to watching how Robin grows as a character in series 2.

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6 ratings

AVG: 4.0