Saturday, September 12, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Capture (Season Finale)

The Capture: Season 1, Episode 6 “Correction” (B+)

This was a strong finish and one that sets up an exciting second season, which was ordered by BBC One back in June before this show premiered on Peacock. Much of its choreography was expected, with Frank setting Shaun up to trade himself in for his daughter and Rachel getting prepared to leak the real footage if the truth wasn’t exposed. But the way in which it played out and the nuances of the conversations made it all very worthwhile. Shaun was all for bacon and eggs until he saw footage of his daughter being taken by him on TV, and then he was out the door and fully aware of the cameras that might pick him up on the way to his intended destination. That turned out to be Charlie’s office, where he took out all his fury on him before Gemma showed up to take him to his daughter. Frank gave a respectable presentation to break down Shaun’s fate, and he, like Gemma and Danny, do seem to believe that what they’re doing is right even if it involves not telling the truth. Rachel wasn’t willing to accept any of it, showing up to Frank’s safehouse and demanding to be heard. The notion of recruiting her is a fascinating one since she absolutely is moral and wouldn’t want any of this to happen but does understand the overall benefit of securing a conviction when the evidence simply isn’t admissible. Telling them that she was in was a formidable ending, and I’m very eager to see what happens next. The arrival of Famke Janssen’s high-ranking American supervisor also means that Frank isn’t nearly as in control of this as he thinks he is, linking the American president and his “alternative facts” to this project as a way not to prove something he did but to make what he definitely did do entirely questionable. There’s a lot to unpack there, which I imagine will be explored in season two. This first season has been constantly enthralling, and I’ll continue to recommend it to anyone looking for the next great TV thriller.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Holliday Grainger as Rachel

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