Friday, November 9, 2018

Take Three: Bodyguard

Bodyguard: Season 1, Episode 3 (B+)

I was going to comment that this episode was as compelling as the first two hours but far less action-packed. That changed, of course, when David, after spotting two false threats, ran right after the guy charging up to the podium who prompted to set off a bomb that appears to have seriously injured the woman whose bed he’s sharing and who he’s charged with protecting. I suppose that it’s a good thing that, bad as our political discourse is in the United States right now, our leaders aren’t subject to constant threats of assassination, but this is television, after all. There’s plenty more intrigue to be found in this hour, starting with David being questioned about why the shooter killed himself and definitely not selling his story of not having spoken with him at all. As he’s listening through the wall to Julia’s private conversations, he’s also having a hard time doing his job when Julia is trying to jump his bones in the bathroom during an alleged pee break and enticing him to follow her into the bedroom from her doorway. It’s still so difficult to figure out where his allegiances ultimately lie, and Julia telling him that his kids’ school was on her possible list of targets might help to shift his position since she’s trying to open up and be honest even though she really doesn’t have to be. Before that penultimate scene, the most intense part of this episode was when David nearly strangled Julia when she half woke him up in the middle of the night, showing her that it’s much better to have him on her team than the other way around.

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