The superb Gillian Anderson returns tonight as DSI Stella Gibson in The Fall, in which serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) has so far spent a couple of seasons finding inventive ways to humiliate, terrorise, and kill women. I’m a little wary of saying too much more about that topic, because (a) privilege and (b) I’m well aware that I’m open to unanswerable accusations of hypocrisy: I’ve watched plenty of shows in the past which women are violated in imaginative and gruesome ways, I no doubt will in the future, and in all honesty for as long as that continues to be the stock-in-trade of procedurals I don’t plan to stop any time soon. I’d quite like shows to at least own it, though; and I’m still a little vexed at the furious reaction in America to Stalker – a humble network show, of course – compared to the praise lavished on this and True Detective, which are British and/or cable shows, and therefore classier, even if their sexual politics are utterly reprehensible.
Anyway, The Fall, if it ever did, is definitely no longer getting a free pass, although it might be that with Spector lying in a hospital bed after the events of the final episode of season 2 the show will need to shift focus in any event. Moreover, as that second season was generally regarded – not just on Unpopcult – as falling well short of the first, The Fall has something to prove. Planning to watch; not planning to review (tonight, BBC Two, 9pm).
Netflix’s latest Marvel adaptation, Luke Cage, will be made available tomorrow. Cage was a character in (also Netflix’s) Jessica Jones, which was apparently very good but I didn’t watch it, because I’ve decided that comic book adaptations, like reality TV, might be for a lot of people but they aren’t for me. It follows that I’m unlikely to bother with this show either, although it too is supposed to be good. The USP for Unpopcult is, of course, that Cage is played by Mike Colter, who was the beautiful but unbelievably chilling Lemond Bishop in The Good Wife (all episodes on Netflix, Friday 30 September).