Still mesmerising. On the verge of getting too satirical and exaggerated at times, which is why this episode "only" gets a 4. But the suspense is real, and a few scenes in this episode were spot on—haven't seen anything like it before.
Yes the mystery is great, but the the people! Hypocritical,racist, cruel, unexpected, unashamed, mentally and physically challenged, nobody looks like a model - makes me think and question how idealised cinema and lives can be. To say it's like Lynch is damning it with faint praise. And it really is funny.
Another very strong episode. Particularly striking is the apparent drop in pace from the opening two episodes. The stillness of the camera - especially in the earlier scenes - creates moments of terrific comic awkwardness. Meanwhile the mystery deepens further in a brilliantly unforced manner: how formulaic other murder mysteries begin to look alongside this.
I have seen this 4 part series all the way through now and i think its great. It really hangs on the performance of a few key characters though. Li'l QuinQuin is great and Captain Van der Weyden is first class!
Probably not for everyone, but worth a watch.
Where does he get these faces! The detective is gurning and twitching like nothing I've ever seen but somehow it's captivating and feels bold. Some of the actors are beautifully ugly. I want to see more stuff cast like this. It's a delightfully weird story, and still fun to get swept up in it.