Hunted

Season 1 Episode 1

Mort

15
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 19, 2012 on Cinemax
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During a routine operation, Sam Hunter, a spy at a private security company called Byzantium, gets supposedly killed. After disappearing off the radar for one year, she returns to her former employer to find out who tried to kill her.

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  • Great characters, but the plot has to get more creative! SPOILER ALERT!!!

    8.0
    While the American citizens have to wait until October 19th for Cinemax to air Hunted, BBCOne is airing the episodes 15 days earlier. Hunted is about Sam Hunter, a female spy who was betrayed and almost killed during a routine operation and returns one year later to her former employer to find out who set her up.



    What happened:

    It begins with a mission. A typical mission. She makes out with some guy, steals his keys, fakes her death and saves the target. The guy realizes she isn't dead, goes back, sees her on the street, a little chase, she gets pulled of the street by another agent, who played a guard earlier and seems to be her boyfriend, which, btw as always, is not allowed at this private security agency. She wants to tell him something and tells him to meet her at a cafe. He's late, guys with guns come, she fights them, fake policemen come, she gets it, but before she can act, she gets shot in the guts (and did I mention she was pregnant?) and dies. Or so it seems...

    One year later: In a cabin, in the middle of nowhere, Sam lives in hiding. But she's training to get in shape again (bathtub-diving, running...) and finds clues of her agency in newspapers. When she's ready, she takes a train to London, gets a new apartment, builds herself a secret layer and goes back to her old employer. Of course he doesn't want to get her reinstated at first, but changes his mind and calls her in the evening.

    So the next day she gets her first assignment. She's supposed to get cozy with some guys son. She saves the son's son, and eventually gets a job to tutor him and by that, she gets into his house. She installs a few cameras and microphones and a surveillance team monitors their every moves.

    In the meantime the guy that killed the bartender in the caf after she got away gets a text in Istanbul that says she is still alive. He murders a Dutch guy in Amsterdam, takes his identity and poses as him in a meeting with the guy Sam is supposed to monitor

    What did I think about it:

    The first question with a British-American co-production is: It is more like a British TV show or more like an American TV show. The answer is: Definitely British! There's not too much plot in the 58 minutes of this episode. Most of it happens in the first 15 minutes. In this part of the episode are also the only real action sequences we get. The rest of the episode is pretty calm.

    Also, we got a great cast here. I especially like Sam's boss, Mr. Keel (played by the amazing Stephen Dillane). Their conversation when she returns, (How he thinks every morning of every possible thing that can happen today and how in all of the crazy things he imagined, the one thing he didn't expect, was to see her standing in front of him), is probably the best in the whole episode. Her fellow operative an (ex-)boyfriend is also a great cast. He actually made the pretty clichd conversation, (where he tells her not to go back, because he doesn't want her to get killed and how he wasn't the one that tried to kill her and knew she wasn't dead, etc.), more believable and authentic. And not to forget the gorgeous Melissa George that knows how to play the cold agent when needed, but is also great at giving a character a certain vulnerability.

    But the main issue of the show is that we may have great actors, but the plot is just too boring. I could predict 95% of what was going to happen in this episode, just by knowing what the show is about. There are so many espionage great shows and movies out there, like Alias, Covert Affairs, Chuck, Nikita and the James Bond and Bourne movies, just to name a few. We know how it works, we've seen chases, surveillances, betrayals, etc., and so what I expect from a new show in this genre is to do something I've never seen before. Or at least to do something I already know in an intriguing and interesting way. And Hunted has failed to do, at least until now.

    So please, dear writers, dear Mr. Spotnitz: Be a little more creative!!! You've got really good characters, so let them shine! Don't waste your screen time with clichs and boring stories. We've seen all that, we don't need that!!

    Bottom line:

    Hunted turned in a solid start. It's got a lot of potential and the interesting questions were only raised in the end of the episode. Who's the guy that killed the bartender? Did her old team and the agency know about her relationship with Aidan? What message did Bingham get? Was it about Sam (I guess!)? And more importantly who and why wants somebody to kill her?

    If it the show focuses on the more important stuff and stops to fill the other time with crap, this could get really good!

    A solid 8 out of 10 points from me.

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