I remember hearing positive critical murmurings when the Sundance Channel aired the miniseries Top of the Lake last spring, but at the time I wasn’t in the headspace for a what I prejudged to be a Kiwi-flavored Twin Peaks-style redux. I declined a number of invitations this weekend because I was in the mood to vedge in between a few professional obligations. I was flipping through the on demand and there it was nestled next to Top Chef, so I decided to give it a couple of episodes.Elisabeth Moss is always a draw, and she is reliably fantastic as a detective returned to her lakeside hometown to spend time with her ailing mother. She quickly gets wrapped up in a local investigation involving a missing pregnant girl named Tui. I’ll leave the rest of the story to unfold as you view, but there is a very interesting subplot involving Holly Hunter as the type of omniscient cult leader I would like to grow up to be one day. Eagle-eyed viewers look for an unrecognizable Lucy Lawless in the background.At seven episodes, Top of the Lake is a perfect weekend bingewatch. Jane Campion and Gerard Lee deliver a weird little story full of mysterious twists against the misty background of New Zealand.
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