Top of the Lake is, above all, haunting, and its central mystery both grounds the storytelling while propelling it forward. It’s an intensely engaging work if you give it time to tell its story, though I would argue it grabs you from its very first scene which is both mysterious and dramatic. The accents can be dense at times, but the work is not inaccessible in the least. Elizabeth Moss sports a slight accent of her own that she handles very well — she’s really incredible in her role, which requires her to be stripped down in very raw ways.
This is one of the best series of its kind that has come around in a long time, so even though it’s slightly hidden on the Sundance Channel, take the time to find it. You won’t be disappointed.