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The Battle of the Mothers 

After the senseless shooting at Silk 41, one ends up dead and a sex worker is held hostage, while in the background of an acrimonious manifesto, all clues will inevitably lead Robin back to where it all started: the sun-kissed Bondi Beach.


Ariel Kleiman


Jane Campion (created by), Jane Campion | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Moss ... Robin Griffin
Ewen Leslie ... Pyke
Lindsay Churchill Lindsay Churchill ... Taxi Driver
Gwendoline Christie ... Miranda Hilmarson
Matt Green Matt Green ... Ambulance Driver
Margaret Rowe Margaret Rowe ... Ambulance Driver
Adam Zwar ... Carson
Christiaan Van Vuuren Christiaan Van Vuuren ... Stally
Ling Cooper Tang ... Dang
Jenny Wu ... Kiki
Sereena Sereena ... Jade
Fayssal Bazzi ... Cop Thommo
Kathleen Haynes Kathleen Haynes ... Sophie
Clayton Jacobson ... Adrian Butler
Angjee Douangphoumy Angjee Douangphoumy ... Joy


After the dreadful and senseless shooting at the sinful Silk 41 brothel on the Eastern Suburbs, one ends up dead and another in a critical condition, while at the same time, a sex worker is held hostage with the real target gone. Meanwhile, the crazed lone gunman is on an overnight killing spree, packed with a sawn-off automatic shotgun while looking for a perfect and audacious hideout. In the end, in the background of a flaming, yet hypocritical and acrimonious manifesto, all clues will inevitably lead Detective Robin back to where it all started: the sun-kissed, still, blood-soaked Bondi Beach. Written by Nick Riganas

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12 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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See-Saw Films See more »
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16:9 HD
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S2 China Girl: Great cast, but the plotting and character movements don't really work or engage
12 November 2017 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Towards the end of this second season, I checked my user comments of the first, because I was doubting what I had felt about the latter. The comments confirmed how I felt, and how many of my issues continued into this second season. In that way I suppose I have no right to complain – although in fairness, everything I liked about the first season is also here in the second.

Specifically those elements relate to the delivery. There is a great sense of tone and atmosphere to this season, just as there was in the first. The landscape may have changed, but the sense of pain, distance, and space is still there. So too are the performances, which are roundly strong whether in the recognizable faces or otherwise. The weakness of this season is not in how they deliver it but rather in what they are delivering. The plot rides a lot on coincidence – at first but also throughout. Characters all converge, which in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing (after all, we follow these characters because they are part of the same story), but the issue is that from the first episode the characters are already clustered in a very small space; there are some outliers perhaps, but still everyone is half a step removed from one another. This smacks of convenience and kept me from going with the story, as it all felt too tidy to do it like this – putting everyone together.

The narrative also fails to really flow. It has ideas and action, but in its main thrust it doesn't sell itself as a drama. The performances within this messy affair are very strong as I said, and they sell it more than it deserves to be sold, but they can only do so much. If anything, at the end, it is hard not to feel like the cast deserved to have better – in particular Moss, Christie, Tang, and a scenery chewing Dencik. It is a quality season in some ways, but it is overly trite, convenient, and asks the cast to do a lot of heavy lifting without giving them a lot of help.

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