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TV Series Review

Many people have a love-hate relationship with their jobs. Doctors might love to patch people up but hate the paper work. Accountants might love numbers but can’t stand people. I like to write, but I despise it when my editor says, “Write a review, you idiot! We have no need of epic poetry penned in Old English!” Thus, this review.

But Eve Polastri may take her own love-hate relationship with her work a bit too far.

Eve is a talented investigator for MI5—essentially Britain’s version of the FBI. And for a while now, she’s been on the trail of a nefarious and, quite frankly, psychopathic assassin called Villanelle. Eve’s pretty good at her job, too, though it doesn’t hurt that Villanelle leaves behind corpses like Hansel and Gretel left breadcrumbs. (Doesn’t hurt Eve’s investigations, I mean. Obviously it’s rather painful for the victims.)

But Eve’s dedication to her current assignment goes beyond pure professional enthusiasm. Eve knows that Villanelle’s a ruthless killer. But truth be told, Eve kinda digs her, too.

The Fruits of Eve’s Labor

The feeling’s mutual, by the way: By Season 2, Villanelle considers Eve her “girlfriend,” despite the fact that the last time they saw each other (at the end of Season 1), Eve literally stabbed her in the gut. “She did it to show how much she cared about me,” Villanelle explains. And as much as Eve wants to find Villanelle, the assassin wants to find the detective just as much. Killing Eve is an extended game of cat-and-mouse—one in which the cat and mouse are rather interchangeable and kinda want to smooch.

Obviously, Villanelle and Eve’s relationship is … complex. A few other salient facts further compound said complexity. One is The Twelve, the shadowy organization that hires Villanelle from time to time but which may also have concerns about the assassin's wantonly bloody ways. Two, Eve’s own boss, Carolyn, seems to have her own mysterious agenda. And three, … Eve’s married. And while many a marriage has likely survived an awkward revelation, it’s really hard to confess that you’re sexually attracted to a same-sex serial killer, y’know?

Out of the Garden

Given the whole love-hate theme going on in Killing Eve, perhaps it’s not surprising that I felt a bit the same way about the show itself.

This BBC America program is clever, well-written and skillfully realized, anchored by the performances of Jodie Comer (Villanelle) and the Golden Globe-winning Sandra Oh in the title role. According to the review-aggregator site Metacritic, Killing Eve was the highest-praised show of 2018.

But—and you knew this was coming, didn’t you?—it’s still a show about (to this point) the unrequited same-sex, love-hate obsession between a seriously disturbed killer and the morally compromised detective pursuing her. Not exactly the sort of show that Plugged In could, or would, shower praises upon.

Killing Eve doesn’t need to shock viewers with salacious visuals to hold their attention, but we still see plenty of blood and, it would seem, at least one terrible murder every week. Villanelle and Eve are rarely in the same place long enough to canoodle, but when they are, you can bet on some sexual tension and content. And just as blood can splatter over the occasional crime scene, so can some seriously bad language.

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Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri; Jodie Comer as Villanelle; Sean Delaney as Kenny Stowton; Fiona Shaw as Carolyn Martens; Kim Bodnia as Konstantin; Owen McDonnell as Niko Polastri; Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Elena Felton




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Paul Asay

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