Fatma season 1, episode 1 recap – “Gravity” desperate measures

April 27, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“Gravity” comes rocketing out of the gates with an unconventional take on a serial killer story.

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Summary

“Gravity” comes rocketing out of the gates with an unconventional take on a serial killer story.

This recap of Fatma season 1, episode 1, “Gravity”, contains spoilers.


“Gravity” introduces the titular Fatma Yilmaz as a murderer – a serial killer, no less, with several victims, but it also introduces her as a desperate woman unwilling to let go of the past. Her police interview works as a tease, but we quickly cycle back through time to find her working as a cleaner while lamenting the absence of her missing husband, Zafer, whose disappearance causes all kinds of spiraling problems.

There are several things made clear early on. The first is that Fatma simply will not accept Zafer being missing for good, despite the insistence of almost everyone she encounters that she needs to move on. The second is that Zafer was clearly in a lot of debt to some ropey people, and that his obligations thus fall to Fatma. When the particularly unsavory Sevket insists that she’ll be held responsible for ponying up the dough, a panicked Fatma shoots him dead.

This is the hook of Fatma, obviously – it’s a serial killer story about a killer of, at least initially, desperation and dire circumstance. Fatma episode 1 is so breakneck in its pacing that it’s difficult to really get a sense of the titular gravity of what Fatman has done in shooting Sevket or indeed pushing another man under a speeding train later in the episode. That will, presumably, come later. Now is the time for grabbing the attention of the audience.

It’s also the time for setting up certain dynamics and mysteries for subsequent episodes to unpack. Fatma learns that Zafer supposedly went to prison in the first place for shooting Sevket, but she claims he took the fall for someone else. Zafer also owed money to many other people, and the figure of Bayram is emerging as a – for the short-term, anyway – nemesis.

If there’s a downside to Fatma season 1, episode 1, it’s the urgency with which it races through events that really deserve some more time to breathe. Compared to something like Ethos, another well-liked Turkish series, there’s a much greater sense of melodrama and an overreliance on pace. Some of this is to be expected in an opening episode, though, and it’s easy to imagine the show might pump the brakes a little so that Fatma can reckon with the gravity – there’s that word again – of her actions. But we’ll have to wait and see.

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