YMMV / Silent Witness

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Was DI Chrissy Reed from "Trust" actually just an ambitious woman who made a few mistakes and genuinely cared about Jack, or was she really just a Manipulative Bitch who knowingly tampered with evidence and slept her way to the top?
  • Crowning Momentof Awesome: Nikki Alexander going up against serial killer Arnold Mears (James Cosmo) and (intellectually-speaking) kicking his ass in "Paradise Lost".
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The beautiful yet haunting theme, "Silencium" by John Harle.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Nikki/Harry is by far the most popular pairing. It's helped by the massive amounts of Unresolved Sexual Tension and Ship Tease between the two (and the fact all their other love interests are derailed in one way or another).
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • "Body 21", a story about a train crash.
    • Also Naomi Silverlake, a physical embodiment of this trope.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Tearjerker:
    • DCI Tom Wimber's health slowly deteriorating throughout "The Meaning of Death" and his death by cancer at the end of the story.
    • Leo Dalton's Heroic Sacrifice at the end of "Greater Love" and the subsequent funeral scene.
  • The Woobie:
    • Geraldine Briggs (played by Sharon Small) from "Change". Dear God. She was raped at the age of sixteen by her uncle and got pregnant. Her father wouldn't let her have an abortion, didn't believe her about being raped and forced her to not only carry the pregnancy to term, but keep it a secret to avoid a scandal. When she finally had the baby, she grew to love her, only for her parents to take her baby away to be adopted. Her mother straight up told her she was "put on this earth to endure pain" and its implied she was blamed for her death. She was estranged from her father for years, then he died suddenly. Geraldine meets a young woman she's been lead to believe is her daughter...only for her to be murdered. Then it turns out she wasn't her daughter. And then she gets accused of murdering her. And then, her only friend is murdered and she's accused of killing her too! It's definitely a Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming when Nikki tracks down Geraldine's real daughter and they are reunited.

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