Thoroughly engaging for the first 4 eps, the writing goes awry in the 5th and 6th with character choice pushed to the background to serve a plot bordering on the preposterous that finally redeems itself in the finale. Unique characters flesh out a vibrant world that would have done well to leave 'guitar girl' the forest sex and the belt slapping (ala Boardwalk Empire) on the cutting room floor. 3 stars
Campion and Lee explode our conception of societal taboos. Don't watch Top of the Lake for plot (or plot twists)--this whodunnit is significantly tidier than pervasive comparisons to Twin Peaks suggest. Instead, glory in the visual style, somber tone, plaintive, minimal score, and adept character development. Top of the Lake stands on its own as a Feminist serialized film populated with strong women characters.