Requiem (2018) Review
Requiem (2018) Review
Matilda, played by Lydia Wilson (Ripper Street) – is a young cellist whose life is suddenly turned upside down by her mother’s inexplicable and devastating suicide. Still suffering from shock, a strange, disturbing discovery in her mother’s house leads her to a Welsh village – a place haunted by its own past, where 23 years earlier a young girl disappeared without trace. The secrets Matilda uncovers threaten to unravel her identity.
Anyone approaching Requiem expecting every lose story strand to be tied up and done with by the end of this first season will be sorely disappointed. Requiem was conceived as a two-part story, by the show’s creator Kris Mrksa, so a second season is definitely on the cards. Secondly anyone approaching Requiem expecting scares, thrills and chills will be even more disappointed. There aren’t any, in fact Requiem, despite the odd promising moment, is instead irritatingly dull.
Any show’s first episode should be designed to grab the viewer immediately and have them on the edge of their seats to find out what will happen next. In script form this season’s opener probably sounded like it had all the ingredients – an elderly man smashes every mirror in his house before leaping from the roof of his large abode, and the lead character’s mother slits her own throat in front of her daughter. However somehow such ingredients fail to grab our interest as there’s really nothing here to hang onto and have one wanting to lunge into the second episode immediately. In fact I could have waited awhile, a long while before I considered another instalment.
Perhaps the team responsible for the show knew that the first episode lacked that essential must-see-another-episode vibe so they finish the starting episode with a tease of choice clips of what’s to come in episode two. Naturally they’ve selected the very best bits and I must confess that they did the trick, I kept watching but again the second episode felt like it lasted an age and by the time I had finished watching episode three I had to concede and held off viewing the remaining three for a couple of days, to build up the resolve to give up another three hours of my time.
Instead of the promised supernatural drama that the makers would have you believe Requiem to be it fudges the promised scares and instead overcompensates with needless drama akin to BBC’s own Eastenders. No one appears to be able to talk to anyone else without falling out with them and/or stomping off in a huff. Lead character Matilda is hard to care about, despite having lost her mother. She seems to bypass the grieving process, flinging herself wholesale into finding out more about her own past by buggering off to Wales.
The pacing is totally off, it’s like someone was so confident that their material would simply work if they pointed a camera at a decent bunch of actors and that would be enough. It’s not. However Tara Fitzgerald manages to nail the intended tone, exuding more menace in her brief screen time than the rest of the season does in its total six hours – if only everyone else in front and behind of the camera had done the same. Requiem is otherwise a complete and total misfire.