Thrown into the mix was Robin’s new colleague and constable Miranda Hilmarson (Gwendoline Christie), who was clearly in awe of her partner. Lake Tenkiller has a tendency to build up with debris from both storms and visitors, so a local nonprofit organization and volunteers have continued with a biannual event to help clean up the lake. A few weeks ago, I watched nearly every episode of "Younger" with my mom while she was visiting. It's pretty obvious she's been roofied. While all this happens, Tui goes missing. Apparently, there isn't concrete evidence tying him to the pedo ring. Some important shit about Robin: before her mom dies, she tells Robin to stop seeing Johnno. Woman in Revolt © 2020. Mary, your stereotypical teenage asshole, is angry at her mother and instead of talking to her about her feelings, calls her a "dyke" and is a total shithead. I miss Holly Hunter and the women of Paradise. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. She has moved out of the house they once shared and has a new partner. Rememeber Regina George's mom in "Mean Girls?" If this all sounds pretty soap opera-y, that's because it is. In this episode, I get the sense it's mentioned solely to help justify Robin's increased stress levels and overall paranoia. Tui's friend, Jamie, dies in an attempt to protect her. We also know that Puss is connected to this prostitution operation. In the wake of New Zealand's devastating events, troubled Detective Robin returns to Sydney for a fresh start, however, the wounds of the past are deep and angry, moreover, a suitcase with a rather appalling content summons dark memories. This year, the finale of “Top of the Lake” achieves that same skin-tingling, harshly heartbreaking, core-shaking status. We don't know if she's been raped, but regardless, the experience is unsettling. Elisabeth Moss in Top of the Lake: China Girl, Nicole Kidman in Top of the Lake: China Girl, In The Dark, Top Of The Lake and more: The best TV shows this summer, Top Of The Lake: China Girl – BBC to release new drama on iPlayer, Nicole Kidman stars in BBC thriller Top Of The Lake. Top of the Lake: China Girl airs on BBC Two on Thursdays at 9pm and the whole of season 2 is available on BBC iPlayer. Elizabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman are fantastic so far. Jane Campion is one of the best living directors and I'm happy to watch her work on the big or small screen. They make Lorelai Gilmore seem like the best mom on the planet. But instead, Julia leaves and Pyke serves the couple post-sex cake in Mary's bedroom. It certainly belongs in the mystery/crime/detective genre, but it doesn't adhere to every single trope and breaks tone and convention at will. Even the shots of Cinnamon's hair creeping out of the suitcase kind of took my breath away. Leaning towards the latter right now. Some people may not know this, but Nicole Kidman has worked with Jane Campion before - on "The Portrait of a Lady.". ?”, More eloquent criticism came from a third audience member, who posted: “This is preemptively parodying itself #TopoftheLake.”. Everyone thought he might be the father of her unborn baby, but his mother reveals that he was gay/not the father. Yeah, there's murder, misogyny, and David Dencik's ass, but the cinematography is stunning. I know 2 episodes aired last night, but I most likely won't be able to write about the second one until Monday evening. Top of the Lake returned last week, four years after its Emmy-nominated first series, with a new location and a dark mystery to solve. If I were Julia, I would have gouged his eyes out and spat in his face. The plot isn't bad, it's just not the reason why I (or most people, I would guess) watch the show. Tui's dad is a local creep/drug-dealer named Matt Mitcham (Peter Mullan). Robin finally gets a break in the case when she learns about another young girl who died under mysterious circumstances - run over by a car and found with cocaine in her vagina. He has begun to turn his life around, but remains fragile, and tormented by his past demons. Top of the Lake: China Girl airs on BBC Two on Thursdays at 9pm and the whole of season 2 is available on BBC iPlayer. Leaning towards the latter right now,” a fourth wrote. Season two will focus on sex trafficking in Australia and is set to fan out as the scope of the case grows wider. Matt and his sons take Bob out on their boat and drown him. There are a few red herrings. "Top of the Lake" is back and I couldn't be happier. Robin's real dad is actually Matt Mitcham and Robin's mom thinks Johnno is Robin's half-brother. If the director was anyone but Jane Campion, it would be a goddamn mess. See what I mean when I say Campion doesn't really care about plot? Johnno is someone who has spent the last 10 years of his life in prison and obviously that’s going to affect your psychology irreversibly. Matt Mitcham’s son, Johnno, has recently returned home after 8 years in Bang Kwang Prison in Thailand. I'm feeling kind of shitty about life right now (for no particular reason, just run-of-the-mill depression) and nothing fills that sadness better than Jane Campion and her sweeping, gorgeous shots of Bondi Beach. After the senseless shooting at Silk 41, one ends up dead and a sex worker is held hostage, while in the background of an acrimonious manifesto, all clues will inevitably lead Robin back to where it all started: the sun-kissed Bondi Beach. The after school program he's running is really a pedophile ring. Puss is the worst kind of self-taught intellectual. Top of the Lake: China Girl recap, episode two – the new Cagney & Lacey Robin and Miranda’s reluctant partnership is the best thing about the … He's drugging kids and charging beaucoup bucks to rich businessmen who like to fuck them. Matt and Johnno find Tui and Matt points a rifle at the baby. Four years after her time in New Zealand, Robin is back in Sydney and struggling to keep it together. Additional cast members are as follows: In Slate’s Top of the Lake TV Club, Dan Kois will IM about each episode of Jane Campion’s Kiwi miniseries with another fan of the show. Mary is dating a creepy old German sleezeball named Alexander, but everyone calls him Puss (David Dencik). newspaper archive. Mary's parents hate him as soon as they meet him and Julia is so upset with his misogynistic worldview that she cries after he leaves the table at dinner. She ends up killing Matt (which is fine, because he deserved it). Elisabeth Moss and Gwendoline Christie in Top of the Lake season 2, The Handmaid’s Tale's Elizabeth Moss on new series of Top Of The Lake. I'll be curious to see if he gets a backstory that somewhat explains his horrible personality traits. While he is completely estranged from his father and step-brothers, he finds himself deeply enmeshed in Robin’s search for his half-sister, Tui. I know parents like this. I guess Pyke doesn't seem untrustworthy, but he does suck, so he's not exactly a strong or likable character. It's not 100% clear to me how this could be the case, but maybe it will be further explained in later episodes. Al confirms this by falsifying the results of a DNA test. While all this is happening, there's a suitcase with a body in it floating in the Pacific Ocean. This girl and Tui were both involved in an after-school program run by Al. If you've seen any of Jane Campion's films, you probably know what to expect. Tui is a tiny badass and shoots both men to protect her child. I guess Pyke doesn't seem untrustworthy, but he does suck, so he's not exactly a strong or likable character. From the moment the suitcase went over the cliff and into the ocean, I couldn't stop thinking about the near drowning scene at the end of "The Piano." Tui gives birth to her son alone, out in the woods. Thus far, there isn't a single male character in Season 2 that seems trustworthy. The show isn't really about plot so much as it is about mythology and symbolism. (He hung himself.) He's basically a pseudo-bohemian, faux-intellectual, more repulsive version of Russell Brand. Many people took to social media to slam the series with one person simply posting: “#TopoftheLake It's b*****ks.”, While a second confusedly added on Twitter: “#TopoftheLake What the F**K is going on! Which makes her Top of the Lake: China Girl role as Julia Edwards — the estranged mother of Mary, the daughter Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) gave up for adoption 17 years earlier — … I don't watch "Game of Thrones," so I'm not familiar with Gwendoline Christie, but my mom is very excited she's in this season of "Top of the Lake.". Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. After drinking one glass of wine with dinner at Al's house, Robin finds herself incapable of driving. Without sleep or sex to take her mind off things (she says she's celibate), Robin focuses on drinking beer and tracking down her child. I've promised myself I'm going to stop doing this and instead, watch each episode as it premires and take detailed notes so I don't forget everything. Robin finds some evidence that suggests Matt Mitcham (Tui's dad) might be the father of her baby. “A bit different but think I'm going to like #TopoftheLake looking forward to the next episode,” reasoned another. Robin realizes that Al is the one responsible for Tui's pregnancy. I don't watch much TV during the week and tend to binge everything on the weekends. Matt is pissed because he wanted to buy a piece of land called Paradise, but a real estate agent named Bob Platt (Darren Gilshenan) sold it to a radical women's camp run by JG (Holly Hunter). It's like something you'd see on "Passions," but Campion is at the helm, so just trust that she'll take you to good places. All Right Reserved. In The Dark, Top Of The Lake … I refused to let myself binge. They also find video footage of Tui on the premises, which doesn't look great. This past Saturday, I binged the new season of "Bojack Horseman." Thus far, there isn't a single male character in Season 2 that seems trustworthy. This season takes place in Laketop, New Zealand. Meet the A-list cast and the characters they are playing in series two: [Read more: Elisabeth Moss and Jane Campion Top of the Lake interview] Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) Detective Robin Griffin has eturned to Sydney to rebuild her life.