It’s kinda like “Mad Men” meets “Rubicon,” except not as tedious as “Rubicon” was. It’s a fantastically stylish, with sharp writing and taut direction and a terrific lead performance by Romola Garai, who seems too smart for the love triangle they’ve put her in, but so far that’s just a quibble.
The first 4 episodes were okay, but episode 5 was excellent and has me excited for the finale next week.
The pilot was amazing from a technical standpoint and Romala Gari reminds of Elisabeth Moss on Mad Men. Will likely check up on this down the line, b/c I am a sucker for British stuff.
I forgot to set my DVR to record when it premiered. I wonder if it will be made available on Netflix like Luther was.
The season finale was a superb piece of craftsmanship. Impeccable directing, editing, writing, and acting. I wonder if this show will get a second season. Regardless, I hope BBC America doesn’t try to game the system again by calling this a miniseries like it did with “Luther.”
It’s early in the season yet, but Romola Garai, whom I praised above, is currently my early favorite for Best Drama Actress. She has this intelligent magnetism and vulnerability that reminds me of Gillian Anderson or Elisabeth Moss.
The Hour was incredibly slow and mostly a snoozefest. I wanted to drop it from my schedule, but then episode 5 came along and changed my opinion a little. Episode 5 delivered some powerful scenes that could warrant possible major nominations in the tv movies/miniseries categories (it has no chance in drama). The finale wasn’t that great and unfortunately besides a couple scenes I was left disappointed.
Romola Garai will have a tough time getting in. The lead actress category is stacked this year with the likes of Nicole Kidman (Hemingway & Gellhorn), Julianne Moore (Game Change), Helen Mirren (Untitled Phil Spector project), Melissa Leo (The Space Between), Emma Thompson (The Song of Lunch), Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult), Rachel Weisz (Page Eight), and Gillian Anderson (Great Expectations) in the mix.
I really hope they don’t try to pretend this is a miniseries. I’m certain it doesn’t have a prayer in the drama categories, but Emmy changed its rules after “Thief” and “Sleeper Cell” pulled that con job specifically to prevent series from masquerading as a miniseries, and this year they ignored those rules completely to let “Luther” in, which by no credible definition was a miniseries. If airing only six episodes qualifies you to be a miniseries (and actually, that’s exactly the number that qualifies you to be a drama), “Men of a Certain Age” should have been allowed to compete there, and “The Walking Dead” too. But that wouldn’t make sense either.
They need to close the flood gates or else, like the guest acting categories, the miniseries distinction will become irrelevant and the category will be filled with continuing dramas trying to avoid competing against other dramas.