The Reel Review
Netflix‘s pulse-pounding, BBC-produced, political conspiracy thriller is about an Afghanistan war veteran-turned-bodyguard assigned to protect the British Home Secretary, whose hawkish, conservative politics has made her both a political and physical target by opponents. Richard Madden (the pure-hearted Robb Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones) is mesmerizing as the dashingly handsome badass who is a magnet for suicide bombers, assassination-minded gunmen, and conspiracy mongers, as is Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty, Death at a Funeral) as the power hungry, morally murky politician.
The taut, fast-paced series starts off strong, tackling such topics as government corruption, blackmail and PTSD, and at times is very intense – reminiscent of Showtime’s spy thriller Homeland. Despite a sluggish dip in the action in Episodes 4 and 5, and some outrageously unbelievable plot twists, the big finale in Episode 6 makes it an entertaining and satisfying binge watch for adrenaline junkies.
• Bodyguard has been nominated for two 2019 Golden Globes, one for Best Drama Series and one for Best Actor in a Drama Series (Richard Madden)
• Although originally planned to be only one season, due to its popularity, Season 2 is expected to air sometime in 2019
• Keeley Hawks, who previously worked with Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio on the British crime series Line of Duty, is the voice of Lara Croft in most of the Tomb Raider video games