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Their Solitary Way 

Spector admits to his lawyers and later to Tom Anderson that he was involved in the London murder eight years earlier but when Stella suggests Alvarez took the blame out of gratitude for ... See full summary »

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Wallace
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Healy
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Tom Anderson
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Dr. Larson
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Dr. O'Donnell
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Spector admits to his lawyers and later to Tom Anderson that he was involved in the London murder eight years earlier but when Stella suggests Alvarez took the blame out of gratitude for saving him from, sexual abuse at their care home he reacts by attacking her. This splits his defenders as Ms. Wallace, appalled by his violence, quits the team though Healy aims to press ahead citing insanity in mitigation. As Larson becomes more aware of Spector's lies Stella defuses Katie Benedetto's obsession with some success whilst Spector indulges in a gruesome act which will ultimately close the case against him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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29 October 2016 (USA)  »

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Jamie Dornan has said this will he his last appearance on The Fall. See more »

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Paul Spector: I'd worked that day, in a Caribbean restaurant. It was a warm day. There was thundery rain. David and I went out after work, went out drinking. We went to a local club, I can't recall the name. We met Susan Harper there. She invited us to her house. I think she shared a house, but there was no one there. We went up to her room.
Healy: The three of you?
Paul Spector: Yes.
Healy: What happened?
Paul Spector: She and David had sex.
Healy: And you?
Paul Spector: I watched.
Wallace: What sort of sex?
Paul Spector: Ordinary sex.
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Season 3: Mostly goes nowhere at a slow pace, but it does have its moments and the final two episodes deliver (SPOILERS)
21 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The consensus appears to be that this third season was too slow and dull compared to the first two seasons. It was interesting for me to watch it with this in mind though, because I actually found parallels with the first season. This is not to say that is a good thing, because I also found the first season to be very cold, deliberate, and focused very tightly on the procedural detail – although in the first season this was related to the crimes rather than the prosecution thereof.

The criticisms of this third and final season are pretty valid though. I approached it with caution because of my reservations over how the previous season had ended. This season starts with a medical drama which to be fair is at least intense and emotionally charged. After this the pace drops off significantly, and we return to the slow, cold pace of before, although not as engaging in content. The season still has some dramatic moments, and the cast have chances to show their characters well, but all of this happens within a pace that is really slow, and made to feel even slower than it should be due to the detail in which things are played out. Scenes run too long, or are oddly selected in that they deliver information but don't really add much to the characters or narrative. This does improve in the last two episodes, but up till then the amnesia plot is too labored, and too much the 'all' of the narrative.

The final two episodes produce more conflict, drama, and revelation, and it does inject some life into the season. The cast do a good job – in particular Anderson is very good, although too much of her delivery involves low whispering. Dornan is hampered by the amnesia thing for the majority of the season, but is a powerful presence when the show lets him be. Lynch has little to do, but Franciosi has good moments. The overall delivery is cold and restrained, which does work when it has things going on. In the end the season is not as good as I wanted, due to how slow so much of it moves – it does pull it together in the end, but at best it is inconsistent.


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