This British spy thriller series by Fleabag Phoebe Waller-Bridge is based on the collection of novellas “Code Villanelle” by Luke Jennings. The series stars Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Jodie Comer (The White Princess), Fiona Shaw (True Blood), and Kim Bodnia (The Letter).
Premise: It centers around a desk bound British intelligence investigator, obsessed with female serial killers, Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh). She is tasked with capturing a cold-blooded psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer); unbeknownst to Polastri, Villanelle has a fixation for women with luscious dark hair, so as the chase progresses, the two develop a mutual obsession.
Review: I know, that premise is a bit weird, but so is the show. Killing Eve is not the kind of show I would have jumped on immediately, but a few things were in its favor. It’s not a long time commitment – 8 episodes – and it has interesting people attached to the series. I wanted to see Sandra Oh in something other than Grey’s Anatomy, Jodie comer was in two mini-series that were – and still are – on my watch-list (Thirteen, The White Princess), and I had seen and loved Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Crashing – that show is awesome, seriously check it out.
So I delved into the show, a bit bored myself, not expecting much and I was captivated. It’s kind of a slow build, the story held my attention with its quirky characters and dark comedy. There are funny, heart wrenching, and scary moments in the show. A lot of interesting locations throughout Europe. It gets exciting, I felt that thrill of the chase of the agent hunting the serial killer and/or of the pursuit of one’s crush. As killers go Villanelle, is crazy smart, inventive with her kills, and scary.
Villanelle works as a character because she’s brilliantly portrayed by Comer, who’s incredible in the role. She’s not your typical psychopath and she plays that characters with nuance and skill. Sandra Oh, makes a good pair with Comer, she made Polastri interesting and very endearing. You’re rooting for her. The cast in general is amazing, I might just be talking about Oh and Comer but the actors around them are bringing it as well.
Killing Eve Season 1 is good, you might drag your feet getting to it, but once you’re there, you’re glad you came.