*May contain spoilers.
‘One Of Us’ plays like one of the more character-driven Sebastian Faulks novels, in that all the characters are believably flawed. Rob Elliott, for instance, is verging on psychotic in his fiercely protective nature. However, when all the characters are uniformly flawed, it becomes a little far-fetched. As far as I can work out, the least flawed character is the detective’s young daughter who is chronically/terminally ill. Human flaws make characters more believable; everyone has their oddities. I’m just asking for one nail-biter among all these traitors, murderers, drug dealers and psychopaths.
I don’t have enough fingers with which to count the multitude of sins mixed into the steaming script. The number of typically ‘pure drama’ themes that the writers have managed to incorporate into four hours of television, on a quest to freak out their audience, is quite impressive really: murder, blackmail, abuse of social media, love affair, euthanasia, dangerous driving, betrayal, suicide, attempted suicide, terminal illness, and drug abuse…I could go on. Trigger the bombshell that lands in episode four and you’ve got a veritable disaster on your hands.
On the face of it, ‘One Of Us’ is pretty good in a Nordic Noir, dark and weather-beaten, Agatha Christie-esque sort of way. But writers Jack and Harry Williams have taken all their screenwriting ammunition and emptied their entire arsenal on one show. It doesn’t do it for me.