Compelling plot and intricate characterization aside, the series is notable for its visuals alone, which allows for the series’ episodes to look as compelling as their story. As a Decider reviewer wrote, “Every shot is creatively composed, beautifully dressed, and most importantly, seething with historical accuracy”; an ArtsATL critic agreed, writing that the series “displays its big budget not only in its visuals, but in the skill of the filmmaking, with multiple sequences propelled by excellent intercutting and editing.”
Of course, the writing and the acting is also excellent, both of which have received an abundance of its own praise — the writing especially. Vulture calls it “striking” and the New York Review expands on this, calling the show “Irresistible for many reasons, but one is the way it intersperses a macabre portrait of a doomed society with glints of its promise.” The stellar acting, especially by leads Bruch and Fries, rounds out the full picture of this compelling historical drama. After all, it’s considered one of the best crime shows with a strong female lead. It may require your patience — many critics refer to its slow burning nature — but is fully worth your time.