AMC’s new crime drama, Low Winter Sun, made its long-awaited debut on Sunday night — but what worked and what didn’t? Here’s my quick-and-dirty take on the good and the bad of Episode 1.
1. The episode held my attention throughout, which is always a good place to start if you have long-term designs on my seriable interest.
2. Expected, but nonetheless reassuring to learn the degree to which Low Winter Sun goes against the police procedural grain. A decent continuing story is established in the opening hour that will no doubt be further developed alongside backstory revelations.
3. Joe Geddes’ (Lennie James) ‘morality rant’ gives me hope that the show will explore the complexities of ‘evil and good’ within the canvass being painted. Fingers crossed the show has something worth saying in that regard.
4. I’m genuinely interested to come back for another slice of Low Winter Sun, if not exactly falling over myself. The first episode has it problems but did enough to pull me back into its burgeoning bosom.
What Didn’t Work
1. In a soon-to-be post-Breaking Bad world, the bar is extremely high, especially if you’re going to air directly after that show. On this evidence, LWS isn’t a ready-made Breaking Bad replacement just yet, and perhaps it doesn’t have to be in that sense. But while the opener was good and the show needs time to find it’s rhythm, it didn’t give me that instant hit.
2. I thought it lacked a bit of authenticity and felt a bit too self aware at times. It’s not that the set-up/world is unbelievable, but the delivery felt forced and overly staged, which ultimately impacted my enjoyment of the episode.
3. While an integral part of the show, the drug dealer portion of the story didn’t captivate my interest as much as I would have hoped. A grand total of zero interesting characters emerged from that side of the storyline, hopefully this will change.
4. It may be a small thing, but I noticed the soundtrack too much. It certainly provided a kick in all the right places, but I’d have preferred something a bit more subtle to coerce my emotions instead of slam dunking them in water while punching me on the back of the head.
Overall: A solid start without being spectacular.
Rating: 7.9/10 Seriable Stars
To be continued…