‘Top of the Lake’, created and written by Gerard Lee along with Jane Campion premiered its first season in 2013, and the next season ‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’ which gained more positive reviews premiered in July 2017. The show has been nominated for and won many awards over the years.
The best thing about this show was that it came at a time when the crimes and illegal activities of various gangs in the United States were on the verge of expanding their networks.
DETECTIVE ROBIN GRIFFIN
Top of the Lake is a mysterious murder-drama television series that featured on a female detective who looked over the child cases that happened in the city she was living in. Elisabeth Both is the lead role who played Detective Robin Griffin in this award-winning series.
The first part was on a pregnant 12-year old girl who went missing in the city of Laketop, New Zealand where the detective also used to live. In this part with all the intense and powerful portrayal by the cast members, it earned the attention it needed from the people and its fans. The show got a high approval rating only after a week of its release.
Top of the Lake was the first show to make a 7-hours long screening in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with only a lunch break and one intermission. It was also screened at the 63rd Berlin International Film festival. The fans enjoyed the show all over the world.
‘TOP OF THE LAKE’ SECOND PART
The second part China Girl had a more deep and suspenseful story. The second season displayed the time that was 5 years before the case of Laketop. The detective, Robin Griffin along with the awkward Miranda (played by Gwendoline Christie) were the lead investigators of a case involving a dead girl that was found at the shores of Sydney on Bonda Beach in a suitcase.
Griffin was always said to be a strong facing character in the series because of her past and her dealing with depression and anxiety. Robin also has a daughter, Mary who was put up for adoption after only two days of her birth by her mother. Robin and Mary had their differences and fights all over the first part because of Robin being the irresponsible mother.
In season two, Mary who is 18-year old was dating the 42-year old Alexander Braun. The relationship between Robin and Mary was always complicated and tough. All the relationships and personal thoughts made Elisabeth’s character stronger.
CHINA GIRL WAS NOT PLANNED
After the first part, it was declared in 2014 that the series was standalone and there will be no further seasons or spinoffs. But in 2015, the director along with the production team announced that they would be starting their script for another part of Top of the Lake with the initial cast.
China Girl was the last of Detective Robin Griffin as reported by Gerard in 2018 but we never know what happens as the show reopened in the past too.