We were still watching Orphan Black when my husband came home one day and mentioned ‘Killing Eve.’ He had heard it was a good show. It’s on BBC’s iTV and this means lots of breaks while we wait for the show to load. We usually have about five breaks of 20 seconds in a row and then we have ten minutes of a clear run. But we continued watching it. It really is a good show!
There are two main, female characters in this British drama series. American actress Sandra Oh plays the role of Eve Polastri. I know her from Grey’s Anatomy, and you probably do too. The other woman, Villanelle/Oksana Astankova, is played by English actress Jodie Comer. She’s more a TV-actress than a big screen one. The expressions on her face and intensity in her eyes are fabulous!
Next to these two, we have Fiona Shaw as Carolyn Martens (also known for her role as Aunt Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter movies), head of the Russia Section at MI6, David Haig as Bill Pargrave, Eve’s MI5 associate who comes with her to MI6, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Elena Felton, Eve’s assistant and who also comes with her to MI6, Darren Boyd as Frank Haleton, Eve’s supervisor at MI5, Owen McDonnell as Niko Polastri, Eve’s Polish husband, a teacher, Sean Delaney as Kenny Stowton, a genius computer expert who has been recruited by MI6, and Kim Bodnia as Konstantin Vasiliev, Villanelle’s handler. These people all play their roles marvellously.
Eve works for MI5 and is fired when a woman under her protection is assasinated. Eve has a haunch that there is a killer on the loose in Europe and that it is a woman. Carolyn Martens is impressed with her insight and hires her to find this killer. Eve recruits Bill and Elena from MI5 to work with her for MI6.
In the mean time, Villanelle gets one assignment after the other from her handler, Vasiliev, to kill seemingly random people in Europe. Vasiliev mentions Villanelle that Eve has been tasked to find her. During her next assignment, Villanelle mentions that her (undercover) name is Eve Polastri.
What I like about Killing Eve
The show has everything that I like (as does Orphan Black): it has humor, horror, drama, and really tense moments. I’m so glad that it is finally accepted to cross genres in one show!
As I mentioned earlier, Jody Comer’s expressions are hilarious at certain points. The relations that Eve has with her colleagues and her husband are also funny most of the time, dramatic at certain points, always believable. And the show doesn’t stop surprising.
It’s notable that people are attracted to psychopaths on TV. Dexter was a big hit, Hannibal too, and now Killing Eve. Although Hannibal wasn’t as funny, the way these people see the world is eye-opening, and hilarious.
Another thing I liked about the show is the setting. Because Villanelle has to murder all these people on different locations, you get to travel around Europe a bit with her.
What I didn’t like about Killing Eve
So far, nothing yet. Maybe I’m a bit upset that some of the characters gets killed too early, after getting to really like them. A bit of a GoT-effect. Sad, shocking, but oh so entertaining!
If you’ve had it with Orphan Black (and you can receive BBC iTV), this will be your next binge watch. I do hope your BBC iTV reception is better than mine, though. It is not for the young viewer, I’d say, as there are a lot of adult themes, innuendos, horror, and gore.