October 25, 2018 at 10:15 am #1202661518
Netflix bought the international rights to UK’s most watched TV show.
According to The Ringer: “Bodyguard is the highest-rated British drama since Downton Abbey, nearly as popular as Prince Harry’s televised wedding to Meghan Markle, and the most widely viewed scripted series of 2018 thus far.”
Binged the six episodes yesterday and loved it. Putting this on my list of favorite shows of 2018.October 25, 2018 at 10:45 am #1202661537
It’s so good. The finale was some of the most intense television I’ve ever watched. Also: I think I have an addiction to Keeley Hawes.October 26, 2018 at 5:52 pm #1202662606
Okay, I’ve calmed down and deleted my previous post in favor of a more calm reaction. It’s just so damn frustrating that we keep going in circles to reach the same point. This show was doing an effort to address the politics of this issue properly, fully acknowledging how Western policies have fed radicalization efforts and how the “us vs them” mentality and culture of fear in the west that drove straight up invasions is responsible for a lot of damage. I was first drawn to thee series because it is rare to find a piece of media that is honest about the harm that was done to the Middle East in the name of self-protection. It felt nuanced and honest and was made better by good acting, engaging and thrilling story, and further exploring of issues like PTSD and how veterans adjust to life when they come home. It was very good.
Then the finale happened and the twist about Nadia just made me want to break something. I don’t understand its purpose and what it accomplished except to undermine what made this show great to me. It felt like lazy writing to default to this stereotype after actively trying to offer a different view on the issue. I don’t understand it. I don’t like it. It tarnished the entire series for me. The part where she admonishes David for thinking she was just a submissive women made me very angry – so you have a narrative that shows the pitfalls of stereotyping by asserting an even worse stereotype? Yes, you were wrong to assume Muslim women are submissive, David. You should have assumed that all Muslims are enthusiastic terrorists instead. That scene was a stereotype dressed as a statement of empowerment. And I still don’t understand its narrative purpose at all, other than the surprise factor.October 29, 2018 at 10:24 am #1202664180
Anyone know if this is going to be eligible for this years Globes?November 11, 2018 at 11:37 pm #1202673128
Just watched the first two episodes. Immediately addictive and accessible viewing where the mood, tone, story, and direction take precedence to specific acting showcases. Very British in that regard, but I don’t mind it. Richard Madden is given more material and shadings to work with than anything he did in “Game of Thrones” beyond the Red Wedding. David Budd couldn’t be more different than Robb Stark, which is more than welcome. Not familiar with Keeley Hawes or her prior work, but she’s great here as the steely and morally compromised Home Secretary Julia Montague. She gives me strong Kristin Scott Thomas vibes, who I assume would have inhabited this role twenty years ago in an ideal world had streaming services or endless money existed then. I’m really trying to pace myself and savor this series since it’s only six episodes, but I doubt that my willpower will hold out for much longer.November 12, 2018 at 3:05 am #1202673185
When I first saw the show’s Title i was skeptical because it didn’t appeal to me, but I finshed this in one day and it was the most exhilarating 6hours i’ve had in a while (lol). I love how nuanced the storytelling wasand Richard Madden was an absolute joy to watch. I want him to win the Globe. As someone who didn’t care for his performances in Game of Thrones and Electric Dreams and that flop pilot on Amazon he really impressed me with his range. (And his accent makes him hoTTer). I thought the whole ensemble didt great work, but Keeley Hawes and Nina Toussaint-White really stood out. This is my third favourite series of the year behind Homecoming and Hill House. What a pleasant surprise!November 12, 2018 at 4:52 am #1202673242
I also watched this all over the weekend and thought it was absolutely thrilling. Some amazing, well-earned twists that you don’t see on American television, and it really made me wish we had more one-season shows in America. I guess miniseries are having a bit of an uprising right now, but a lot of them find a way to extend into a season two. And maybe this one will too, who knows? Richard Madden came here to do work, and having only seen him on “Thrones” prior to this, I was really shocked. The supporting cast was really good and the direction was phenomenal. I am glad it is getting a wider audience due to Netflix, we need more short season, closed-ended shows like this!November 23, 2018 at 11:06 pm #1202680911
Thrilling end to a remarkable series! Richard Madden was excellent and got to do far more here than he was ever allowed to on “Game of Thrones.” Major Limited Series Emmy contender next year, unless they try to extend this to multiple seasons. Hope they resist that impulse, though the door is certainly ajar for that to happen.November 25, 2018 at 9:58 am #1202681654
Episode 1: A+
Episode 2: A+
Episode 3: B+
Episode 4: A
Episode 5: A+
Episode 6: A+
This was the biggest surprise of the year to me besides Hill House.January 9, 2019 at 12:48 pm #1202727835
Bodyguard was a big surprise for me. It’s so thrilling and exciting. I was rooting for Porter and Rhys on GG, but Madden deserved.January 9, 2019 at 2:03 pm #1202727914
^I second that. Just finished watching. It was great. Madden truly deserved the Globe and rooting for him to get an Emmy nod.January 27, 2019 at 12:57 pm #1202750521
Not familiar with Keeley Hawes or her prior work, but she’s great here as the steely and morally compromised Home Secretary Julia Montague. She gives me strong Kristin Scott Thomas vibes, who I assume would have inhabited this role twenty years ago in an ideal world had streaming services or endless money existed then. I’m really trying to pace myself and savor this series since it’s only six episodes, but I doubt that my willpower will hold out for much longer.
I absolutely agree with the Kristin Scott Thomas vibes, whom I adore. First thing I noticed. But I think Keeley’s even more versatile because she has a genuine soft and warm side as well (in her other roles) and that’s something I have never seen with KST except for maybe in “Life as a House”.
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