Welcome to my first attempt at reviewing a TV series for you guys. I should be pretty good at these things given that I have a degree in Film & Television, but don’t hold me to that. I’m one of those people who spend ages scrolling through Netflix, trying to find something to watch. I’d heard good things about one particular series…Safe.
Now, given that I had heard good things, I had high expectations of this British Drama, and it did not disappoint. Knowing that it’s only 8 episodes I managed to binge it all in 2 days. That should show how much I enjoyed it. In short, the series is set in a gated community in the UK (somewhere outside of Cheltenham I believe). Tom (played by Michael C Hall, of Dexter fame) is reeling from the death of his wife, and struggling to forge a relationship with his daughters gets caught up in a police investigation when his eldest daughter Jenny (Amy James-Kelly) goes missing with her boyfriend. Tom’s new girlfriend is leading the police investigation and he also gains help from a number of the residents of the gated community as well.
The intriguing part of the series is that it explores the relationships between the residents of the gated community who all seem to know each other and have pasts that intertwine with the present. It’s like a secret is hanging over the community and it creates a mysterious atmosphere throughout. Each character has a number of layers to them, which get revealed throughout the series and it all gets woven together seamlessly and builds to a wonderful and surprising crescendo at the end. Usually, I can predict what is going to happen quite quickly, and guess who has done it within a few episodes. With ‘Safe’ however, I couldn’t and the show kept me guessing right until the last episode when it comes apparent what has been going on.
Usually, there are a number of downsides to a series, and I can list them off quite easily. With ‘Safe’ I can’t do that. The only downside apparent to me was the dodgy British accent performed by ‘Michael C Hall’. I mean, he tried his best and his British is probably better than my dodgy American accent so I applaud him for trying. This is not something that would put me off a series though. I also love the fact that he plays a Surgeon as he is still cutting up bodies (in a different way) like his famous role as Dexter.
Summing It Up
Harlen Coben has written a stellar television series and has crammed so much drama, action and wonderful character development into a short story arc. You can get lost in the series very quickly and you feel involved right from the get-go. I applaud him for managing to weave a complicated narrative into this short space of time. I also appreciate the fact it is only 8 episodes and you can binge watch it all in a couple of days. If you can’t guess, I loved this series and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for something to occupy them this coming weekend.