The new Australian crime series Deep Water premiered on SBS last night and showed a lot of promise. The first half hour was a little rote—procedural to a fault, it seemed to me, a sensation that was the more pronounced by the presence of Blue Heelers alumnus William McInnes—and the decision to shoot Bondi in the cold blue tones of The Killing, rather than in the warmer ones of sunshine noir to which it would be better suited, seemed like a missed opportunity. But the episode eventually found its footing and turned into something genuinely interesting. I’ll be tuning in again.
This was in large part due to the narrative—a True Detective-style tale in which past crimes bubble up again in the present, with a focus on anti-LGBTI hate crimes—and in even larger part to the central performances.