Hunted didn't do as well as the premiere on BBC1, but I hope the results pick up as the premiere nears here in the US.
There is something about Hunted that I really enjoy. It's a spy thriller and not necessarily anything we've not seen before, but the characters are wildly intriguing.
I'm really interested in a man named Goebel, played by Scott Handy. For a good portion of the premiere episode, "Mort," I was uncertain if it was a man or a woman. He gives me the same sort of androgynous impression that I get from Tilda Swinton. In fact, they would make a terrific brother and sister pair as their features are quite similar. He's spooky and crafty, the kind of character whose entrance you notice into a scene because you know all bets are off once he's there.
Equally mysterious is although the viewers know where Sam Hunter has been for the past year, she hasn't let anyone else in on the secret. It wasn't incredibly noteworthy, but I can understand why she might want to keep her private place just that. She did have time to hone her skills, and I don't think anyone realizes just how far she can push herself. She's come back to the job a better version of herself. As it was, they all knew she was their very best. What does that make her now?
While we know where she went, we don't know exactly why she went. Even she doesn't know why, but somehow the cases she gets involved with all lead to clues about who wants her dead and why. I'll be pretty pissed off if I don't learn by the time it's over who first attempted to wipe her off the map.
There are some brutally violent bits of torture spattered throughout the show, but nothing we haven't seen before. If anyone watched American Horror House on SyFy this weekend, you've already seen the likes of it without the gritty reality behind it. One particular performance ended with the persecutor taking a deep breath, showing the he neither liked nor enjoyed his particular task. It's those little things that set Hunted apart from other shows on television.
Make sure to tune into Cinemax on October 19th (check your local listings!) for the premiere, and then be kind enough to go back for more the next week. Trust me. It's worth it!