November 21, 2013
Top of the Lake TV series. Season 1 with seven shows.
This show has so much stuff happening, if you walk out of the room for a couple minutes you miss vital information. Sitting and watching it with a notebook is a good way of catching and understanding everything. So I'm going to throw away all my misconceptions I had on the first viewing and critique the second one.
Jane Campion and Garth Davis and Garth Lee were the creators and directors.
Robin Griffen(Elisabeth Moss) Awesome actress. Robin tries to handle the negative events of her life by having sex, drinking alcohol or getting into a bar fight. When a cop wants to be a detective, they can only move forward by having a clean record. She for some reason couldn't handle her mother's cancer and missed the final moments of her death. Robin was gang raped when she was a teen and Tui's misfortune starts to tear her up. She should not be this messed up.
Matt Michum (Peter Mullan) Excellent Actor. Matt felt he was above the law. That's why he usually got what he wanted. Though he didn't know what to do about the woman's camp called Paradise. Not to mention his dead mother seemed to have a say in everything he did.
Detective Sargent Al (David Wenham) fantastic actor. Al set up a program for kids in the New Zealand area. Presumably from the Dutch, using a restaurant where young kids work to gain a certificate. But in the end which seemed to feel it was just latched on for no reason at all, came the scene where men including Al were having sex with the teens using a date rape drug and filming it.
G.J. (Holly Hunter)convincing actress. G.J. made a good oracle but she gave up in the end which didn't fit her character.
Tui (Jacqueline Joe) Terriffic actress.
Jamie(Luke Buchanan) Awesome actor. I must say I'm impressed.
Anita (Robyn Malcolm) Great actress.
And there were many other great actressess and actors.
Let's get this straight, kids and sex are not there to make you feel all fuzzy inside even in fiction. The writers took liberties because they could not fit all the story into seven shows so therefore let's have sex, incest and statuary rape all over the place. Sex just oozed from the screen like the water on the title graphic.
It didn't make any sense why Tui (the little 12 year old that was pregnant and ran away) would want to kill herself when she didn't even know that she had a baby in her uterus or how it got there in the first place. The viewer's intelligence was insulted because we already knew who raped Tui after the first episode.
1. Good thoughts on Robin's part about whether or not she would tell her rape daughter she had been raped.
2. Good idea on Robin's part to film on a phone the crime scene and hold a gun to the statutory rapists.
The cops were supposed to be corrupt because they weren't moving on three of the newest cases. And to Robin that should have set off alarms about Al.
Camera: There were some blurry shots which took away from the show.
Lighting: consistent moody, foggy, dark,
and used mostly windows in the houses to light the rooms. If there was a sunny day they used a filter to create a foggy mood.
Sound: Can't make out every word. Had spooky, haunted music-- hissing like a snake.
Pacing was well done.
I didn't really like this TV series. But it has fans who want more. I think they are nuts.