Netflix rises and takes 'The Fall'
Posted at 9:26 AM (PDT) on Monday, May 27, 2013

By George Lang
May 27, 2013

This week, I became convinced that this is now the Wild West phase of streaming video, a crucial period when there are no actual rules and all the players are making big “land grabs” for content. On Tuesday, Netflix stakes a substantial claim with its full-season exclusive premiere of BBC2's “The Fall,” starring Gillian Anderson of “The X-Files.”

“The Fall” makes its U.S. debut on Netflix with no side trips into the cable spectrum.

Everything about this series suggests an uncompromising and thoroughly engrossing crime drama. Anderson plays Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, who leads the investigation of Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan of “Once Upon a Time”), a serial killer whose grisly murders have brought Belfast, Ireland, to a standstill.

Like many of the best BBC series, this first season of “The Fall” keeps its arc to five episodes, a storytelling format that allows for greater focus than even domestic cable's abbreviated 13-episode standard.

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