You should be watching The Fall.
David Duchovny’s birthday was Wednesday and today it’s the natal celebration of Gillian Anderson. Will some gossip astrologist look into this TV-star-crossed pairing? The former Agent Scully has luckily having a bit of a TV renaissance, with her guest appearances in the NBC show Hannibal but also starring in an amazing BBC series you should be watching: The Fall.
Anderson plays Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, who’s brought in to Belfast to investigate a stalled murder investigation. This is not a whodunit – the audience is introduced to the serial killer straightaway, watching him work, seeing how closely he gets to being caught while managing to elude both the cops and his live-in family from suspecting his ‘hobby’. Gibson is less of a Scully and more of a Tennison (i.e. La Mirren in Prime Suspect) from the later years when she’s already been around the block several times about your sexist assumptions and has no time for your judgments about her banging a local detective.
For those of us who’ve loved Anderson pretty madly since X-Files and have been waiting for the next amazing vehicle for her to drive all over our hearts, this is it. There’s only 5 episodes of the BBC drama, but luckily it’s already been renewed for a second season. Those of us in the States can watch them all on Netflix. If you’re a fan of the above-mentioned shows, or Top of the Lake, or even the remake of Prime Suspect with Maria Bello (don’t judge), you won’t be disappointed in The Fall.