Deadloch Season 1 Review – A fascinating whodunnit with a dash of humor

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 5 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 6 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 7 -| Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 8 -| Review Score – 5/5

The Australian crime comedy series revolves around senior sergeant Dulcie Collins, as well as detective Eddie Redcliffe, as they look into a string of murders. Dulcie and Eddie encounter an array of hysterically awkward circumstances while searching for the serial killer who claims men as his victims.

The once quiet and pleasant city of Deadloch has transformed into a place of anxiety, mistrust, and covert intentions, which keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. Additionally, since Dulcie and Eddie are such polar opposites, finding the murderer is frequently made more difficult by their difference in temperament. With a dash of humor, the show dives into serious matters like gentrification, death, and grief.

Every episode explores what life feels like in a tiny town when bodies start turning up, from the chit-chat of everybody trying to make sense of what’s happening to the detectives’ attempts to keep certain details of the case hidden from the public.

The writers do a fantastic job of juggling humor with the whodunit mystery over the course of these eight episodes. So, while you’re laughing, you’re also making an educated guess about the murderer.

Despite the length of each episode, the show maintains its pace and presents a gripping mystery. In order to keep the detectives and viewers guessing, fresh leads are continually discovered. The detectives find something that prompts them to reconsider just when they think they’re a step closer to figuring out the case. The show alternates between various characters as leading suspects, raising the stakes.

The humor throughout the dark investigation goes hand in hand with the murder mystery. Characters frequently engage in fast-paced, quick jabs at one another. Although it may seem crude, clever, and occasionally even slapstick, there is harmony throughout. Additionally, there are smooth transitions between the humorous and serious sequences.

The gloomy, dimmed aesthetic of the show, with its restrained color palettes and unwelcoming sheen, makes the humorous components all the more intriguing by creating a contrast between the way it appears and feels.

The foundation of the jokes is the turbulent relationship between Dulcie and Eddie. Dulcie is apprehensive about collaborating with a different investigator on a case in her hometown. The two detectives are constantly at odds because they are unable to compromise on their opposing investigative strategies. Kate Box and Madeleine Sami have excellent chemistry as their characters eventually develop respect for one another.

Having said that, the characters as individuals aren’t refreshing. Despite being a fantastic actor, Detective Redcliffe is a rather annoying character and her mannerisms make for a pretty challenging watch at times owing to her unpleasant behavior. On the other hand, Detective Dulcie is the exact opposite and is not in any way interesting, making it difficult to root for her character.

Deadloch is a series that refrains from making fun of murder but has a great deal of fun involving the detectives who are trying to solve the crimes along with everybody else who could be a suspect. The show’s dark undertone is balanced by wit, mystery, as well as humor, making it enjoyable to watch.

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  • Verdict - 7/10

2 thoughts on “Deadloch Season 1 Review – A fascinating whodunnit with a dash of humor”

  1. I find Cath the most annoying of all. She’s way too needy and self-absorbed to read the room and know when to back down a bit. Dulciie should have cut her loose long ago, as she obviously wasn’t happy in the relationship.

  2. Northern Exposure meets Twin Peaks.

    I agree with you about Eddie being an annoying character. It makes the show hard to watch. She does provide an interesting foil for the more straitlaced Dulcie, but I wish she didn’t grate. Unlike you, I felt Dulcie was an interesting character, struggling to juggle her personal life with her job. She was likable and competent and I did root for her.

    Cath annoyed me as much as Eddie, and I felt her relationship with Dulcie should’ve ended.

    I hope there isn’t a Season Two as the characters, the town, and the story seem to me to have been taken as far as it can go.

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