Episode 6: The Battle of the Mothers

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by Lucy
Aug 13, 2017 4:11PM EDT
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Season 2 of Top of the Lake is really quite a different beast. Firstly, we were shown the case (no pun intended) and who was behind the missing body, completely deviating from the 'whodunnit' structure of the first season and to be honest making the actual police case far less compelling this time around. Although Robin Griffin is still an excellent character, she is working towards something we already know, and without the tight-knit community of suspects and constant second guessing of who/where/why the case exists the crime drama part of season 2 is definitely lack luster. Although the focus on sex workers and surrogacy was a 'tighter' mystery/case, it was all too predictable and at times frustatrating to watch Robin play catch up. However, the second season worked as an exploration of Robin's character, especially in coming to terms with her biological daughter, her own estranged family and coming back to a workforce that essentially hates her. Robin's work struggles were written well and reflect an all too real struggle, showing how tough it can be for women in the workplace. Pairing Robin with gawky constanble Miranda worked well for the most part but Robin's struggle at work wasn't always enlightening to watch. The only real worthwhile watch of the series is how Robin begins to bond with her biological daughter, her daughters family and comes to terms with giving up a child 18 years ago. The character study aspect of the season worked well and definitely provided a strong foundation to explore other aspects of Robin's life (it's just a shame those other aspects were a bit mundane). Her brief reconciliation with Al Parker was a dynamic and charged scene, but it reminded me more of how good season 1 was rather than added to my enjoyment of season 2. Even the finale wasn't really anything special, mostly predictable and not an altogether satisfying (or happy) ending. It lacked the emotional punch of season 1 and to be honest I missed the scenic forest shots of the lake (New Zealand wilderness is far more captivating than shots of crowded Bondi Beach). I'd recommend watching this season if you're a fan of Robin and want to see her reunite with her child, but if you're looking for dark gritty crime drama again, best look elsewhere.
Season 2 of Top of the Lake is really quite a different beast. Firstly, we were shown the case (no pun intended) and who was behind the missing body, completely deviating from the 'whodunnit' structure of the first season and to be honest making the actual police case far less compelling this time around. Although Robin Griffin is still an excellent character, she is working towards something we already know, and without the tight-knit community of suspects and constant second guessing of who/where/why the case exists the crime drama part of season 2 is definitely lack luster. Although the focus on sex workers and surrogacy was a 'tighter' mystery/case, it was all too predictable and at times frustatrating to watch Robin play catch up. However, the second season worked as an exploration of Robin's character, especially in coming to terms with her biological daughter, her own estranged family and coming back to a workforce that essentially hates her. Robin's work struggles were written well and reflect an all too real struggle, showing how tough it can be for women in the workplace. Pairing Robin with gawky constanble Miranda worked well for the most part but Robin's struggle at work wasn't always enlightening to watch. The only real worthwhile watch of the series is how Robin begins to bond with her biological daughter, her daughters family and comes to terms with giving up a child 18 years ago. The character study aspect of the season worked well and definitely provided a strong foundation to explore other aspects of Robin's life (it's just a shame those other aspects were a bit mundane). Her brief reconciliation with Al Parker was a dynamic and charged scene, but it reminded me more of how good season 1 was rather than added to my enjoyment of season 2. Even the finale wasn't really anything special, mostly predictable and not an altogether satisfying (or happy) ending. It lacked the emotional punch of season 1 and to be honest I missed the scenic forest shots of the lake (New Zealand wilderness is far more captivating than shots of crowded Bondi Beach). I'd recommend watching this season if you're a fan of Robin and want to see her reunite with her child, but if you're looking for dark gritty crime drama again, best look elsewhere.

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AVG: 4.42