Mare of Easttown Series Review

Mare of Easttown Series Review: A Very Bleak But Grounded Crime Drama Series

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A lot of praise has went the way of "Mare of Easttown" and we're actually a year too late into its hype. But even after a year from its release, there's no denying that this limited series was outstanding. Bolstered by a grounded and riveting performance from Kate Winslet, "Mare of Easttown" will leave you emotionally stung one way or another.

Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) is a local detective in the small Pennsylvania town of Easttown. She's still reeling from a still unsolved missing persons case involving the daughter of her friend when a brutal murder occurs. It doesn't help that Mare's own personal life has started to fall apart ever since her son committed suicide. Can Mare find her footing and prove that her detective skills are still reliable? 

When a crime drama's characters are as interesting as the cases they have to tackle, you know you're in for a ride and in "Mare of Easttown", if the title hasn't given it away yet, Mare Sheehan was the centerpiece that makes this series a worthwhile watch. The character of Mare was heavily-flawed as a stubborn, relentless, driven detective that has seemingly put her career over her family time and time again. But this drive also meant that the show's narrative was able to eke out a lot of emotional and moral twists and turns as Mare has to decide if integrity should come first over the very fragile relationships she has left. While the series was structurally sound, we won't deny that it had pacing issues especially in its last couple of episodes. This series starts slow and eventually had to do a lot of catching up. Luckily it was able to close most if not all plot points but most of these happened in the very last episode. And even though that last episode was a flurry of jaw-dropping moments, some of these twists came off as last-minute additions just to add more shock and awe. "Mare of Easttown" may have issues but there's no denying that if you want a hefty crime drama with an engrossing lead character, then the show is the perfect piece of contemporary mystery you should watch right now.

Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- riveting from start to finish, the characters are as interesting as the case/s that Mare has to tackle

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- this was a very bleak show with very few happy conclusions
- there was a dizzying flurry of revelations in the climactic episode
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