'Killing Eve - Season Two' [Blu-ray]
(Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, et al / 2-Disc Blu-ray / NR / 2019 / BBC Home Entertainment)
Overview: 'Killing Eve' is the story of two women, bound by a mutual obsession and one brutal act: Eve (Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy), an MI6 operative, and Villanelle (Jodie Comer, Doctor Foster), the beautiful, psychopathic assassin that she has been tasked to find.
Blu-ray Verdict: In my humble opinion, 'Killing Eve' has delivered from day one an intriguing plot, rich with performances by actors such as Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer.
Performances that take the audience into an exhilarating delight of murder and intrigue, brilliantly delivered with an incredible sense of fashion and an acute music taste, and that make you believe these last two (music and fashion) are characters in the story as well.
Not to giveaway spoilers here, season two begins 30 seconds after the final episode of the first season. Eve is reeling and Villanelle has disappeared and, of course, Eve has no idea if the woman she stabbed is alive or dead.
But, what she does know and accept is that both of them are in deep trouble! Eve still has to find Villanelle before someone else does, but unfortunately, she's not the only person looking for her here in this wondrous, pulsating second season.
Sandra Oh is awesome. Her character is complex, relatable, hilarious, emotionally driven, in way over her head and yet (relatively) competent all at the same time.
Amazingly, Jodie Comer somehow causes you to like her character even though she kills almost everyone in her path! Meanwhile the two women seem to have this unquenchable crush on each other that causes them to do increasingly crazier things (to one another, mostly, of course)!
Now and being Devil's Advocate here, the first season was thrilling, humorous, and very well-balanced. There was a good amount of time spent on Eve's private life, her professional life, the search for Villanelle, Villanelle's personal life and her professional life.
However, this second season doesn't keep that balance throughout, for me, at least. Early on I got the impression that they hadn't organized things well enough and it only got more uneven in places as the season progressed.
Still a vibrantly effective six hours of viewing on these two discs, there were numerous sub-plot lines and character features that were inconsistent. A sub-plot line would be started and then left unfinished.
Indeed, some character feature would present itself, then be pulled away, negated, then presented again. The whole thing was a chaotic mess in certain places, but me thinks the writers needed to plot-fill as they went (not knowing if they would be given a third season.
Well, the good thing is it still feels like they could pull it together in the just-confirmed season three. But, they really have their work cut out for them because having characters behaving inconsistently is not thrilling and it also takes away from the attachment viewers had to that character.
In closing, consistency is hard, sure, especially in a show like this spread over two (now soon-to-be three) seasons, but when it comes to the overview of 'Killing Eve' I can honestly say that there's nothing quite like it on TV; and hasn't been for many years before.
And again, don't be surprised if you find yourself in love with the psychopathic killer or even rooting for the MI5 agent to ask her out on a date!
For one thing is sure: although it might look superficial and solely entertaining at first sight, 'Killing Eve' beckons some interesting questions about the way we love and the people we can fall in love with. I mean, who doesn't have a crush on Villanelle?! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of:
Picking Up From Season One
Script To Screen