Top of the Lake clearly has the aspiration to be among other great moody crime dramas like The Killing, Luther, or Wallander, but its admirable parts never quite add up to whole toward which it seemed to strive. Characters make stupid decisions, which seem less like character flaws than plot requirements. There is some quality drama but ultimately not many surprises. The final episode contains almost all the dramatic reveals, and then doesn’t give you much in the way of denouement. But the thrills still entertain as required, and with the gorgeous New Zealand landscapes to complement everything it’s easy to enjoy the experience.