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Top of the Lake: Episode 6 – BBC2 and iPlayer

tvThis final episode was a bit random, but in a good way.

After a bout of some very impressive snarling and gun toting, Tui emerged from the wilderness looking as if there was no way on earth she had had a baby in the last 48 hours. This was a shame for a series that has been so infused in femaleness and women’s lives, in all their intensity, rawness, ridiculousness, sadness, ferocity.

Robin reeled from a series of personal and professional revelations, and the suitably punch drunk acting from Elisabeth Moss was superb.

There was loads of creepiness, of the “Euuw!” variety, including some unwitting incest and some totally witting child abuse.

There was lots of shooting, culminating in a great scene where both guns and mobile phones were simultaneously poised to shoot.

This was not the strongest of the episodes – the blend of emotions and tension that have stood out in the previous episodes were slightly subdued as the action busied itself with the tying up of ends. I think more could have been made of the colourful characters too, and this would have brought a more satisfying sense of conclusion to the drama. I was expecting a big finish to match up to the standard of some of the previous hooks and twists.  For example, I would have liked to have seen more of the Robin – Matt story.  It could have been explosive but instead ended up fizzling out.

I think if I were doing my DVD review for Amazon again I would give the series 4 out of 5 stars. I have to admit to giving it 5 stars before seeing the last episode, because I was so incensed by the 2.5 stars awarded by the collective reviewers on Amazon and thought this was unrepresentative of how worth watching the series was. Even bearing in mind the somewhat low key ending, there’s been very little on the television to match Top of the Lake in terms of scale of ambition, complexity of character and excitement.

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  1. I thoroughly enjoyed Top of the Lake, but did feel a bit let down at the end. I always suspected that Al was up to no-good, but, as you say Denise, think it was because of the way Matt made such a sudden exit and this seemed to leave things hanging a bit. Totally agree, Elizabeth Moss is excellent. Enjoyed reading your review, thanks!

    • She was so convincing I almost think of her as a real person. Al was super creepy throughout and didn’t like his paternalistic attitude at all, but all the time I thought it could have been a double bluff… I would have enjoyed a really big show down between Matt and Robin, and maybe with Tui there as well – giving us some sense of the trauma of what it must have been like to grow up with Matt as a father.

      • I totally agree! I did think more than once that Al could have been just a red herring! Great review Denise, really enjoyed reading this 🙂

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