Monday, December 3, 2018

What I’m Watching: Bodyguard (Season Finale)

Bodyguard: Season 1, Episode 6 (B+)

I had been careful not to research anything about this show to see if it was going to be returning for a second season so that I wouldn’t spoil anything for myself, and I’m happy to now see that, though it wasn’t originally the plan, it may now be back thanks to its tremendous success. It did end on a surprisingly peaceful and optimistic note, with David acquitted and reunited not only with his children but even with his wife in a very friendly if platonic way. The typically tense action came earlier in the extended hour than usual, and it takes some real talent for someone to be able to defuse a bomb while it’s attached to their chest. Vicky was brave to run to her husband so that she could ensure he wouldn’t be shot, and his immediate reaction was a selfless request not to have his children lose both of their parents at the same time. Setting a trap for Longcross was smart, though the speed with which he got released was both impressive and terrifying. Running as soon as he got the bomb off could have been a very dangerous decision, but he went straight back to Chanel and was able to trap both Craddock and Aikens without much difficulty. Nadia revealing herself to have been the architect of so much was an interesting and unexpected twist, one that speaks volumes to making assumptions about people and their capabilities based on how they look or who they are. This show has been unparalleled in terms of its successful execution of suspense, and I sincerely hope that it’s both back for more new stories and appropriately rewarded for its excellence.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Richard Madden as David

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