And we find ourselves in the middle.
While our last episode ended with a bang (I felt like being punny, sorrynotsorry), here we see The Fall return to a more sedate form a bit. Namely, in the form of more details, plots, and character development (oh my!)
Naturally, much of this episode deals with Olson’s death and its impact on everyone he knew.
While there are some great reveals that lay the groundwork for further intrigue, the meat of this impact falls into Gibson’s lap.* After putting two and two together, she gets ahead of the problem, telling Burns about her rendezvous with Olson. From this point forward, we’re served some interesting moments of workplace sexism and character development.
Let’s start at the beginning though.
Burns’ initial reaction is to admonish her, putting the onus of responsibility on her for sleeping with a married man. Gibson, ever sharp-tongued, hits back. She first claims no knowledge of Olson’s marriage, and then reminds Burns that he too was married when he entered her (bed). This of course leaves Burns flustered to no end. The faces he makes get me every time.
The second interaction of note occurs during the resulting investigation of Gibson. During her interview with Officer Eastwood, she again faces some casual sexism. Eastwood’s demeanor and questions suggest he is not comfortable with her glib treatment of her tryst. Gibson challenges him on that stance and thoroughly exposes it with a succinct grammatical lesson.
In both of these instances we get to see that Gibson is acutely aware of the sexist beliefs her coworkers hold, despite (and arguably because of) her position of power in Belfast. Her rebuttals and biting critiques then are a skilled way of deepening the character’s psychology. This is great because Gibson is both complex and direct. In the circus of Belfast’s deepening issues, Gibson’s actions and stances provide a resounding piece of clarity. While we don’t know her well at all, we do get to understand her methods and motivations.
It is important to note that we also see Spector’s psychology revealed a bit this episode.
The escalation of his murderous inclinations become more apparent throughout the latter half of the show, building to his casing of a fourth victim. At the same time however, we get an interestingly vulnerable moment that is purposely left ambiguous as to why it happens.
In light of all these instances, this episode was much more satisfying than the latter two. To finally have some idea of who Gibson is both encouraged me to root for her and strengthened my investment in the narrative at large. In like fashion, Spector’s increasing need to kill seems to be leading towards a finale that may see another girl strangled. I guess we’ll just have to see where that leads in the last two episodes.
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