While many may find the hook to be Lucy Hale in a police drama, believe me when I say the murder mystery, and all that’s behind it, is what makes you stick around.

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While many may find the hook to be Lucy Hale in a police drama, believe me when I say the murder mystery, and all that’s behind it, is what makes you stick around.

Aired 11/11/2021
Network AMC+
Created By Freddy Syborn
Directed By Toby MacDonald
Written By Freddy Syborn
Genre Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Young Adult, LGBT
Introduced This Episode
Nathan Rose Henry Lloyd-Hughes
Emily Baxter Thalissa Teixeira
Lake Edmunds Lucy Hale
Andrea Wyld Natasha Little
Mark Hooper Sammy Hayman
DI Chambers Tim McDonnell
Joel Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Ray Turnbull Phil Davis

This content contains pertinent spoilers.

Plot Overview

DS Nathan Rose had the potential to put away serial killer Mark Hooper, known as the Cremation Killer, until DI Chambers reported him to the press, specifically Andrea Wyld, and the case ended in a mistrial. DS Rose snapped after that. You see, he saw so much because of his investigation into Mark, and so when the judgement was handed down, he leaped over the barriers between him and Mark and beat the hell out of him – leading to DS Rose being committed and Mark going back to killing after some time.

Fast forward 2 years, and while no longer in a psychiatric facility, DS Rose remains haunted by what he saw and experienced before and during being committed. But now he is back with DI Baxter and joined by DC Edmunds in looking into what will be known as the Ragdoll killings. Something DS Rose might be potentially involved in, if you believe his sessions with his therapist and his conversations with his former friend Joel.

Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered

Things To Note

  • The show isn’t notably graphic. Yes, you’ll see a dead body multiple times, but the work done on the ragdoll wasn’t makeshift but expertly done. So it’s not as gruesome as it could have been.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. How did Joel get the number for The Faust?

What Could Happen Next

  1. Likely us diving into Nathan’s trauma, DI Baxter’s, and DC Edmunds.
  2. Learning how Chambers and Rose’s relationship evolved since he got snitched on
  3. Learning more about DI Baxter’s case involving that kid who died.
  4. Learning more about the murders that happened after DS Rose was committed.



More Than Enough Intrigue Presented With Our Leads

So, our leads are Nathan Rose, Emily Baxter, and Lake Edmunds, who are very different people. Nathan is still recovering from PTSD and being committed and has flashbacks of seeing someone set on fire, his time in a psychiatric institution, and between therapy and work, he is clearly triggered. Yet, this is a show set in London, so dry humor is his way of dealing with things, and it is appreciated.

Following him is Emily, who speaks as if she was Nathan’s senior, now also Lake’s, and while she does sometimes present that cold woman in a traditionally male role motif, she opens up at times. Mind you, mainly around Nathan, who she has this sort of, are they just close or have feelings for each other vibe. But, with nothing happening in the premiere, let’s just assume these two have simply trauma bonded, and that’s it.

Which leaves Lake Edmunds. She is an American and speaks in a way that pushes you towards believing she is a lesbian, and it seems clear she is going to be the one who asks questions on the audience’s behalf. Alongside this, she sort of has this slight by-the-book vibe, so while neither Nathan nor Emily seem to be pushing the boundaries of their positions, considering Lake already raises red flags with Nathan on the case, she could be a problem.

A Quality Murder Mystery

I truly don’t understand why anything dealing with police is ever done in an episodic storytelling format. All the days and weeks skipped, and then finding the person just takes away from how challenging and sometimes traumatic the job can be. So with Ragdoll coming off like a serial show, I feel like I’ve deprived myself for a long time of a quality police drama.

Take note, the killer, who is given the name “The Faust,” has 6 people on their list, which starts with the mayor of London and ends with Nathan. So, with the mayor being handled first, it doesn’t appear to be that we have a low priority list.

With that said, we see two people on fire, and while Mark’s way was horrific, the way “The Faust” did it was creative and presented a failure for our leads in episode 1. By having them lose the mayor, it shows they will not always figure things out in time, and they will be presented with a formidable challenge.

Initial Impression

Like most, the idea of adding yet another streaming service to my monthly bill can be a deterrent when it comes to a new show. However, Ragdoll might be the one that has you keep AMC+ for the duration of its new episodes and drop the service when you’re done.

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Nathan looking at the ragdoll body
Ragdoll: Season 1/ Episode 1 [Series Premiere] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Who Is This For?
Those who like serial cop dramas that take the whole season to solve a case. Also, if you want a show that knows how to balance a sense of levity with its characters and the seriousness due to their jobs and the weight it puts on their psyche.
More Than Enough Intrigue Presented With Our Leads
A Quality Murder Mystery

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