(This review may contain spoilers).
I was intrigued by the idea of a series with the season revolving around one murder (or set of murders) in particular, so I decided to watch it… and since the first series was only comprised of three episodes, it didn’t take long at all.#
For much of the first episode, I did get a bit confused with some of the characters. Chandler was one who was easy to follow and it was also interesting to see the conflicts with a new DI that came in. I did think that the police force was incompetent… not because they were unintelligent, but because of all the conflict that was involved.
It was interesting to see the parallels between the victims in the present time and those killed by Jack the Ripper. I did find both Chandler and Miles to be well-rounded characters and although I didn’t like Miles very much at first, he did grow on me through the course of the three episodes and I liked seeing the interactions he had with Chandler and the other members of his team.
There were times I cringed a bit at the use of the word ‘innit’. While it is a part of culture now (to the point that it’s a recognised word on Spellcheck), I don’t think it belongs in something that’s supposed to be taken seriously.
There was quite a lot of tension in this season, especially towards the end. I would have liked some more detail about how the killer picked the victims, but the idea of the killer following a specific theory was a particularly interesting part.
I didn’t think much of Chandler’s bosses. I was confused about the majority of the relationship between them and I didn’t think they did a particularly good job, especially since they didn’t seem to care about the victims and potential victims.
The first scene did do a good job of setting the tone for the rest of the episodes and it was good to be given the chance to get to know some of the victims, rather than just having them be nameless.
There was a good amount of investigation and twists in this, though there were some things left hanging I would have liked to see dealt with. All in all, though, I found this series easy to watch with a couple of main characters I liked. I plan to watch seasons two and three in the future.