The disappearance or death of a child changes not only people but entire communities. It feels like the one-year-old disappearance of a young woman in Easttown named Katie Bailey has reshaped the whole town. It has certainly redefined the life of Detective Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet), who is obsessed with the unsolved case, and not just because she went to high school with the mother of the missing girl. Strained or lost relationships with children find their way through much of Ingelsby’s writing. Mare also lost a son to suicide not long ago, making her the guardian of her young grandson, whom she now fears has some of her father’s neurological tendencies. Mare has another child named Siobhan (Angourie Rice) and an ex-husband named Frank (David Denman), who is about to remarry. Mare also lives with her mother Helen (Jean Smart) and has a potential interest in a new town writer named Richard (Guy Pearce).
Simultaneously across town, Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny) is a young mother struggling to make ends meet and get the child’s father to do his part to meet their son’s medical needs. Erin has an awful father named Kenny (Patrick Murney), who complains about the cost of his grandchild on the family, and Erin just needs a way out. What first appears as a potential solution in the series premiere turns into something very different, and a new mystery unfolds in the small town of Pennsylvania, one that will bring all of the aforementioned characters along with Lori (Julianne Nicholson). , Mare’s best friend, a local Deacon named Mark Burton (James McArdle) and a colleague named Dan Hastings (Neal Huff), as well as Detective Colin Zabel (Evan Peters), an out-of-town investigator brought in for help.
There is such a sense of place and character in “Mare of Easttown” from its very first scenes that the project is instantly elevated above recent television dramas. It’s hard to overestimate the importance of a world that feels lived like this, and while production values are essential, a lot of that basics goes to Winslet, who continues to impress so far. in his award-winning career. . She finds so many diapers in Mare that other performers would have missed, imbuing her with the kind of sadness that overshadows people who have lost a child without ever delving into melodrama. Her incredible talent uplifts everyone around her, although great actresses of characters like Jean Smart and Julianne Nicholson are more than capable of rising to the challenge, and it’s nice to see Evan Peters play a different role for him and succeed. Every performance here works, which is a great credit to Zobel for bonding these characters together in a way that makes supporting players appear to be real dwellers with busy lives instead of just plotting devices as they see it. so often do in lesser mystery miniseries.