Well, we might’ve nabbed one of their stars for the royal wedding but as far as we’re concerned, America has still come out top after poaching British spy thriller Killing Eve from under our very noses.
While our transatlantic cousins are about to enjoy the grand finale of the Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) created eight-part series on BBC America, we haven’t had so much of a sniff of release date in the UK. Damn right it’s not fair, but good things do come to those who wait, and Killing Eve is looking more than just a little good…
Following the story of two women, Eve (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 security officer, and Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a ruthless assassin, the show has already been described as a game changer in the spy thriller genre in the age of #MeToo and Time’s Up, but there are many reasons to watch it when we finally get a release (keep refreshing those feeds). Here are just a few…
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has the Midas touch as far as we’re concerned
It takes a special type of talent to be able to go from writing a one-woman play to creating multi-million primetime spy thriller in the space of five years, but then Phoebe Waller-Bridge is no ordinary woman. What’s more, that one-woman play ended up being the critically adored Fleabag, which picked her up a BAFTA for Best Female Comedy Performance and became an international hit after it was picked up by Amazon. It’s not surprising that America came knocking.
Oh, Sandra Oh can do no wrong
It’s quite apt that Sandra Oh is now appearing in a crime drama because she’s been stealing scenes for well over a decade. Her role as Dr. Cristina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy earned her a Golden Globe almost immediately, something the show’s leads never quite managed. And she should’ve got an Oscar just for the rage she unleashed as frustrated ‘bit-on-side’ Stephanie in 2004’s Sideways.
Jodie Comer’s come a long way from Casualty
Sure, some people do seem to get handed everything on a plate but it’s nice to know that there’s still such a thing as climbing up the career ladder. Just look at Jodie Comer, who earned her chops with Casualty, Holby City and Waterloo Road before scoring a breakout role as Chloe Gemell in dramedy My Mad Fat Diary. The Liverpudlian then went onto Thirteen, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Leading Actress, The White Princess, and Doctor Foster.
It’s more self-aware than James Bond and more articulate than Jason Bourne
Can you imagine if Killing Eve had a male lead? It would be the same old show we’ve seen countless times before, which is strange because it’s actually Eve’s ordinariness that gives the character so much depth. She’s bored, she’s smart, she doesn’t know how to handle a semi-automatic.
Not exactly James Bond, but we know who we’d rather be. As for Villanelle, she might be a detached psychopath, but as Jodie Comer explains, ‘There’s just an understanding of the female psyche. The characters are … just so delicious.’ It’s true.
It avoids lazy stereotypes while depicting a relationship between two women
Villanelle sleeps with men and with women, but that’s merely a side note. Eve, meanwhile, is married but she gets increasingly infatuated by her nemesis. This would normally be a ripe opportunity to sexually objectify the two leads, but Killing Eve is smarter than that, proving that you don’t need nudity or cliches to gain viewers.
You can play ‘spot the location’
The series filmed scenes all across London over the course of five months, as well as in Paris, Tuscany, Berlin, and Romania. We think it does Europe proud, so we hope American viewers appreciate the scenery.
The soundtrack is catchier than an escapee with a tracking device
With composer David Holmes (Ocean’s trilogy, Out of Sight, Logan Lucky, Hunger) in charge of the soundtrack, you just know you’ll be heading straight to Spotify after the show, looking up everything from cheery pop, to obscure French beats.
The wardrobe is killer
According to New York magazine’s Vulture, ‘Some of the most interesting costuming work on TV right now is happening on BBC America’s Killing Eve.’ Intrigued? We are. After glimpsing a certain Villanelle number, we want to wear a giant bubblegum pink gown with biker boots to work. Dare us.
Seconds have already been ordered
BBC America had such faith in the show that it renewed the contract for a second season before the first one had even premiered. ‘This show has the thunder of women on both sides of the chase in Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer and, importantly, behind the camera with the lavishly brilliant Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
The early response to Killing Eve has been incredible – for that reason, as well as the fact that we wholeheartedly love this original, funny, thrillingly entertaining series, we are delighted to move ahead with a second season before we even premiere,’ said BBC America’s female network president Sarah Barnett.