Another round of first impressions!
This time, as you have probably already guessed from the title, it’s about BBC America’s Killing Eve and FreeForm’s The Bold Type!
These are my thoughts on the pilots of these two shows.
I didn’t research them or tried to find out a lot because of spoilers. My opinions are solely based on the first episode.
But let’s dive into the first one, shall we?
I. Was. Hooked. From. The. First. Scene.
I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. And this means it’s absolutely captivating.
It’s about a MI6 agent (Sandra Oh) who is trying to track down a brilliant and very elusive assassin (Jodie Comer). Sandra Oh gives her best performance. And Jodie Comer gives me the chills.
She is absolutely terrifying and her performance is magnetic. The story is so compelling and unbelievably intense. Two complex and layered women as leads.
And one of them is Asian-American! I’m loving the inclusion and representation! The show is extremely well done.
I wouldn’t be surprised if it were nominated for a few Emmys. It has Phoebe Waller-bridge written all over it. (Pun intended). She did in fact write it and she is an executive producer.
Anyway, I’m loving “Killing Eve” and I’m in awe of the actor’s performances, the writing and the overall final product.
I totally expect to see it nominated for a bunch of Emmys on July 12th. (TODAY!!!!!!)
THE BOLD TYPE
As the last few seconds played out and the screen went black, I murmured:
“I’m not fucking impressed”
This show stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy playing three girls working at a feminist fashion magazine. It’s inspired by the life of the former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles.
I feel like they’re trying to be feminists and not really succeeding. They’re trying to be edgy and again, not succeeding.
It is supposed it be a show about empowering women, showing different types of women and yet, we are facing three thin, gorgeous and beautiful ladies working at a fashion magazine. And it’s not empowering. It’s the first episode and they have had a fight, they have judged each other’s decisions and yelled at each other on a subway platform.
And they call this feminism? Women empowering each other?
I’m a bit sceptical.
Of course, it’s not easy writing a feminist show and be inclusive: it’s such a broad topic with opposite views within itself. But let’s try not to mix up friendship with feminism. They are two separate things the show might be confusing and overlapping.
Just because they are friends, it doesn’t mean they are feminists.
Sure, the head of the magazine is a (white) woman, there is a lesbian Muslim photographer being imprisoned for smuggling vibrators into her country and there is a diverse staff… but is that enough?
It’s so glossy and perfect. It feels like they’re trying so hard to be edgy and also maintain that camera ready, perfect and never a hair-out-of-place vibe. They’re too perfect!
Sure, I want pretty people on TV, but they come in all shape, sizes and races…
If your tag line is: “Feminism is only our second favourite F word”, you gotta deliver. Don’t come here bullshitting me around.
Maybe it was over-hyped to me, I might have had high expectations for it and this might have doomed me.It’s not bad but I’m like… meh.
And it all ends with a Lumineers song… I can’t deal with this right now.
I might change my mind as I keep watching but so far, I expected more.
So… I was completely captivated by “Killing Eve” and definitely not impressed by “The Bold Type”.
Have you seen any of these shows? Did you like them? Do you think “Killing Eve” will get any Emmy nominations? Let me know your opinions!