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TV Series Review

Someday, this world of ours will move past its expiration date. Whether its decline follows the biblical book of Revelation down to the letter or whether the sun simply coughs out its last bit of life-supporting fusion in a trillion years, it'll happen.

But what if it happened tomorrow? Or next year? Or five years from now?

And while Christians are told to be ready for the end at any moment, the more secular among us aren't quite as prepared.

Hard Luck

A few days ago, London detective Charlie Hicks' concerns were relatively straightforward (if a bit unseemly): He provided for his wife and daughter to the best of his ability. He provided for his mistress, too—the widow of his own dearly departed police partner, actually. He's no saint: Hicks has been known to pocket a bit of cash from a crime scene or rob the occasional robber. But if Charlie's not a great guy, he's still better than the villains he arrests, right?


Hicks' new partner, Elaine Renko, has her doubts, along with her own English fish to fry. Eight months earlier, she had a near-lethal run-in with her own son, who's now safely in a psych ward. And even as she and Hicks team up to catch the bad guys, she's secretly investigating Hicks, too. Renko believes that he just might've killed his own police partner. Ticklish, that.

If Renko uncovers the truth, it might feel like the end of the world for Hicks. If Renko's own desperate attempts to reconcile with her son fail, it might feel like the end of the world for her.

But then both unexpectedly learn that the end of the world—the literal, actual end—is on its way: Humanity's got less than five years left. That information leaks out, but the government discredits it all as so much fake news. Suddenly, Hicks and Renko have to run from MI5 agents (who want to keep the cops from adding more credence to the story) while chasing down kooks and criminals inspired by the earth's impending doom. And they've got to re-evaluate their own priorities along the way.

Hard to Watch

Hard Sun saw its first light on Britain's BBC One in January 2018, then migrated to the former colonies via Hulu a couple months later. And while the show wants to be counted as a dark, gritty, prestige-TV type of offering (its creator, Neil Cross, previously developed the acclaimed crime drama Luther, which helped shoot Idris Elba to superstardom), it feels a little … overheated.

For our purposes, though, the show's content is the most troubling issue here.

Given all the blood and brutality we witness, Hard Sun can be hard to watch. People die, sometimes in horrible ways. Serial killers seem to relish the prospect of living in the "end times," and the demand for body bags swells to unseemly levels. Guns, knives and even the occasional fork find time on screen, poking through skin and shedding blood. Sexual content can also be problematic, though we hear more about people's deviant—and often illegal—sexual behavior than we actually see.

And while obscenities aren't as pervasive as I've heard on some shows, how many f-words does one really need to hear?

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Hard Sun: Mar. 7, 2018 "The Sun, the Moon, the Truth"



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Jim Sturgess as Charlie Hicks; Agyness Deyn as Elaine Renko; Nikki Amuka-Bird as Grace Morrigan; Derek Riddell as DCS Roland Bell; Jojo Macari as Daniel Renko; Varada Sethu as Mishal Ali; Owain Arthur as Keith Greener; Joplin Sibtain as Herbie Sarafian; Adrian Rawlins as George Mooney; Lorraine Burroughs as Simone Hicks





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Paul Asay

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