BBC kicks off its second season in early April one of the most ironic detectives of recent years - the series "Killing Eve". The story of a hired killer and an employee of the special services trying to catch her was invented by the creator and star of another sensational TV series "Fleabag" Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whose career has reached a new level over the past couple of years. Here's why you need to watch this series right now.
ATTENTION: the text contains spoilers.
Several years ago, the British BBC, having filmed all possible works about Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes, were looking for a project that could say a new word in the detective genre. Fortunately, a series of novels "Codename Villanelle" by British writer Luke Jennings, adapted for television by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, caught my eye. The actress and screenwriter successfully combines work in the theater and popular serial projects: for example, in the hit of the same BBC - "Broadchurch" and the dramedy "Fleabag" invented by her. Combining theatrical endurance and comedic talent, she skillfully uses humor exactly where it is not expected at all. Largely thanks to this, "Killing Eve" became a worldwide hit: after the frenzied popularity of the first season, he barely had time to present new episodes, as it was immediately extended to the third round.
The heroines of the series live in polar worlds: the grasping Eva Polastri (Sandra O) serves in British intelligence and adores books about women killers, while the sarcastic Villanelle (Jodie Comer) works as nothing more than a contract killer. One goes to the office in two-piece suits, the other buys expensive clothes from the latest collections and returns from assignments to a luxurious Parisian apartment. Fate confronts them when a famous Russian politician dies under mysterious circumstances and Eve is assigned to guard the only surviving witness. Having linked a series of other incidents with one perpetrator, the now newly minted employee of the secret MI6 unit intends to go on the killer's trail by all means.
Sandra Oh, who played Eve, actually relaunched her acting career by starring in Killing Eve. Prior to that, her best-known role was Christina Young in the long-lived series Grey's Anatomy, which has brought her many awards from Emmy and Golden Globe awards to repeated Screen Actors Guild recognition. Four years after the actress left the world of serials for a low-budget movie, she got into her hands the script "Killing Eve", which made Sandra return to television screens - now as the main character.
Jodie Comer, who played Villanelle (in a past life - a girl from Russia named Oksana), began acting early in BBC projects, and after many years of rehearsals in the school theater, cameo roles in detective procedures and the teenage hit "My Mad Fat Diary" finally got the chance. With his theatrical experience behind him, Comer instantly transforms into the frame, changing not only his appearance, but also his demeanor and tone of voice. Her main prerequisites for Killing Eve were her ability to portray multiple accents and fluency in the languages that Villanelle uses on duty. In addition to Russian, she had to speak French, Spanish, German, Italian, and at some point even Mandarin. The actress herself jokes in interviews that, as many usually do, she embellished her abilities a little on the resume, but on the set she got down to business with all seriousness.
The plot about the obsession with each other of the detective and his (or her) suspect is as classic as it is a spectacular trick in the detective genre.With its help, it is easy to build a tense story about painful codependency: the one who seeks really needs someone to follow, and the one who runs away really needs someone to appreciate his bloody work. The main hits of British shows of recent years - "The Fall" with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan and "Luther" with Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson - were just built on this simple scheme.
The story of the eccentric killer Villanelle and the addicted but low-key Eva Polastri is not just an action-packed hide-and-seek game with a guaranteed fatal outcome for one of the participants. Waller-Bridge neatly introduces the topic of a professional mercenary's genuine interest in an MI6 employee, gradually developing a complex story of obsession. Despite the painfulness of this particular relationship, Killing Eve uses it wisely, highlighting multifaceted female characters and avoiding stupid clichés. As Sandra O summarizes succinctly in an interview: there is no weak side - all are strong.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge combines the seemingly incongruous in one series - and easily interferes with the serious with the mocking. In Killing Eve, scenes like the one where, after a bloody crime scene, one of the heroines leaves to drink and have sex, "to fuck this day out," and, for example, an adequate depiction of Villanelle's bisexuality coexist. Thanks to the latter, the series immediately won the approval of the LGBT community. According to the author of the book, Luke Jennings, many tweeted words of gratitude for the story. But the main comedy moment of the series, the creators clearly did not even plan: the local views of fake Moscow and the huge signboard "HAT" will surely amuse many.
Waller-Bridge does not justify at all, but nevertheless empathizes with Villanelle, behind which is clearly a difficult past (unlike the series, Jennings's books tell about the heroine's experienced sexual trauma). However, one should not follow the lead of such a tempting, at first glance, idea of romanticizing an antihero. Villanelle, without a twinge of conscience, is capable of committing murder with a smile on her face - and nothing will prevent her from dealing with Eve in the same way, in whom she clearly has something more than a genuine interest (and apparently, this is mutual). In the meantime, the degree of tension continues to grow: in the new season, a mysterious new player - another female killer - appears in the arena, making an already dangerous relationship deadly.