Killing Eve – BBC America
Within minutes of watching BBC America’s new spy thriller Killing Eve, I was hooked. Adapted from the Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings and produced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Amazon’s Fleabag), Killing Eve is a fresh approach to your typical espionage storytelling.
Furthermore, the two main characters, Eve and Villanelle, are surprisingly modern, breaking boundaries for the genre. Eve, played by Grey’s Anatomy Sandra Oh, is a frustrated paper-pushing M15 security officer, obsessed with the study of criminal behavior. Villanelle, played by The White Princess’ Jodie Comers, is a gorgeous hired assassin obsessed with her need to punish anyone who gets in her way.
Cat and mouse begins!
Killing Eve begins with Eve trying to convince colleagues that the serial killer they are tracking is definitely a woman. Consequently, Eve dives into the case determined to prove her theory.
Meanwhile, the lethal Villanelle continues with her assignments, viciously murdering each target. Fortunately for Eve, Villanelle leaves clues behind; as she is overly confident in her skills. However, Eve finds herself always one step behind Villanelle.
Thanks to such outstanding performances, you will take a liking to both women for their strengths as well as their flaws. I still cannot decide if I am on Team Eve or Team Villanelle!
Eve, meet Villanelle!
My favorite scene is the one where Eve crosses paths with Villanelle in the lady’s room of the hospital. The charming Villanelle casually offers the over-worked Eve a beauty tip as she exits the bathroom. Minutes later, Eve discovers several people brutally murdered in a nearby room.
This is Eve’s “a-ha moment”, validating her female killer theory. Where the story goes from here is unknown. Will Eve close in on Villanelle? Who will be Villanelle’s next target? One thing I do know is that Killing Eve has all the ingredients for a sensational thriller series. Tune in on Sunday evenings and inspire your inner serial killer!