HBO’s Mare of Easttown Episode 1 Review: Off to a Decent Start

Mare of Easttown is a crime drama miniseries created by Brad Ingelsby which premiered on HBO. Mare of Easttown episode 1 is directed by Craig Zobel. The series stars Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Guy Pearce, David Denman and Evan Peters, alongside other cast members.

HBO has been trying really hard to come out with very dark and depressing TV shows with an air of mystery to them. However, with Mare of Easttown, it’s becoming a little repetitive. The series sets itself up as the dark and dank murder mystery where at every point you’ll feel like someone’s about to drop dead, atleast in the first episode.

That is probably because Mare of Easttown episode 1 takes up the entire runtime to establish the various characters and their relationship with Mare, a detective in the small Pennsylvania town. She herself isn’t anything remarkable, actually quite the opposite. She is gruff with not many charms to her and her attitude makes you feel like she’s gone through some serious shit in her life.

Mare doesn’t give many shits about the people in her life although everyone in the town knows her on a first-name basis. This is an indication that it actually is a very small town. On the other hand, there’s also a teenage pregnancy boom and almost everyone above the age of 17 has a small child. As we are introduced to more characters and get to know their relationships with our protagonist, we start to wonder who’s going to die first.

Mare of Easttown episode 1 has nothing of interest except for character introductions. The series utilises the entire runtime to tell us how much Mare is tolerated in the town and the other players who will come into play later on. The last bit of the episode, however, tells us that there is a murder that we will follow and throughout we are given an indication of a girl being missing. But it’s all when it comes to interesting content.

Mare of Easttown episode 1 introduces a series of big names including our protagonist Kate Winslet. Winslet is great as the gruff, weary and mostly unhappy detective who has had enough of everyone’s shit. Others, whom we don’t get to see as much, include Guy Pearce, David Denman and Jean Smart, amongst others. However, hopefully, there are more that we get to see from these actors in the upcoming episodes.

Summing up: Mare of Easttown episode 1

Mare of easttown episode 1

Mare of Easttown starts off on a known path and opens up with a host of character introductions. What lies ahead for the series is still up for debate and hopefully, it won’t end up like The Undoing but for now, it’s interesting enough to watch the second episode. Only time will tell.

Mare of Easttown episode 1 is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

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Mare of Easttown episode 1 is a look at all the characters and gives us a murder. The only question is - who committed it?
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