Madden is also great. Never watched GOT so I don’t have a barometer to judge his talent, but in some scenes you can really sense his seething anger or tension and it reminded me a lot of Patrick Mcgoohan in The Prisoner.
Finished the series yesterday, and overall I found it very good. Like most people already said, the beginning is much stronger than the second half, which relied a bit too much on forced twists, which was silly and contrary to the tone that was established at the start. Madden/Budd was good in the main role though, much better presence than the one he had in GoT.
Loved the first half of the season then it started getting too messy and didn't stick the landing.
The bomb maker's scene was wonderfully acted but revealing themselves in that moment didn't make any sense at all. I also don't like that it turned out a muslim extremist group was behind the bombs. It's shitty and lazy. Longcross and his groups involvement makes no sense whatsoever as they both provided the dirty intel on the PM AND plotted against the Home Secretary. Madden was really solid in this though, which was good to see.
I think that the people that gave her the tablet don't know about this either, and this cover up goes higher up.
It is just odd that we never see her deceased body. And the show has shown a tendency for some massive fake-outs (like the suicide attempt and the Muslim character being an amazing actress, turning out to be the true mastermind).
I could see it as a good mid-season twist for S2. Also because the show very much needs that character to work, if you ask me. We'll see!
Just finished it and then told mum and she binged it in one day lol. Loved it all even if the second half felt weaker, read in an interview the creator also did Line of Duty so I should probably check that out as well.
Sounds like there'll be a season 2 which I look forward to
Watch this over the last couple days. Pretty enjoyable, started off very strong but definitely weakened more and more in the second half. While nothing terribly egregious a few of those "twists" and subversions felt quite unearned and lacking. Still though overall an enjoyable series I wouldn't mind seeing more of if they can come with something decent.
I thought the show was a lot of fun - very pulpy and propulsive. I never considered it to be "realistic" so the crazy developments in the later episodes didn't bother me or strike me as incongruent with what came before. I was on the edge of my seat throughout that whole last episode - a thrilling conclusion to what was definitely one of the tensest shows of the year.
I'm on E4 and the British parliament and security are bizarre as fuck.
Can a ex-soldier with massive ptsd and mental issues really be a body guard for the home secretary.
Bodyguards have adjoining rooms with public officials in hotels.
Cops have massive machine guns.
CCTV is the answer to everything.
Agreed until the last episode, which undid all the good the first 5 episodes did. Perhaps one of the worst endings I have ever seen. I've never been so angry at a show like I was angry at the end of this. Reminded me of the worst episodes of Designated Survivor or some shit.
Just finished after a two day binge. I very much enjoyed it although I can definitely see how some would be upset with the ending. The show does keep you guessing the entire time though. It was a great decision to keep it trim with a relatively short six episodes. The story moves quickly and keeps you wanting to know more without ever being boring. I'd watch a season two but this show would likely be better off as a one and done.
It went from pretty bad to total fucking dogshit in episode 6.
The last episode jumps so far off the deep end that the water was filled with sharks that are clowns that spent 5 years in clown college getting their Masters in dogshit.