A thrilling spy series—Killing Eve Review
Why “Killing Eve” is one of the best drama shows out there
How I got into the show
Last year when I scrolled through my Twitter feed, I saw people tweeting about a new thrilling show. (Yes, this social media platform is always telling me what I “need to” watch!)
At first, I didn’t mind it because—let’s be honest—Twitter often exaggerates. But then, I saw GIFs of it more often and I got curious. On those GIFs, there was the one and only Sandra Oh! Dr. Yang! Yay! That made me eager to investigate this series a little more.
I was sad to see her leaving Grey’s Anatomy. She played a magnificent character that everyone genuinely missed afterwards. And there she was again. So I did what I always do when I see something new: Look it up at Wikipedia.
The words “psychopath” and “obsessed with each other” were enough for me to get started. Yes, I’m that easy to convince!
Before clicking on “start”, I checked on my friends and asked them if they knew the show. “Yes, but I haven’t seen it yet. It looks so interesting!”, was one of their answers. And this was the beginning of our weekly “Killing Eve” streaming-day.
What’s the show about:
The story is about Eve Polastri, an MI5 security employee. After several murders across Europe, she comes to the conclusion it was the work of a female assassinator. Eve later gets promoted to a secret undercover unit that sole purpose is to find this killer called “Villanelle”. Turns out that Villanelle is a talented and charming psychopath.
After meeting, they start a mutual obsession with each other. It’s a game of hides and seeks and not being able to let each other go. A thrilling and yet funny story which makes you binge-watch one season on one day.
What the “Killing Eve” trailer below:
How many episodes does it have?
The show is in its second season. At the end of this season, the show will have 16 episodes. That means eight episodes per season. Which is—in my opinion—not enough for this show! I guess the small number of episodes makes the show more “exclusive”. Further, it doesn’t stretch the storyline too much.
And good news! The show got renewed for a third season already.
Where to watch “Killing Eve”?
The original network of the show is “BBC America”. It depends on your location, but here are possibilities to stream/buy the show: BBC America, Amazon, Apple, and Hulu. And “no”—the show isn’t on Netflix.
Is the show based on a book?
Yes! It’s based on the fictional novel “Codename Villanelle” by Luke Jennings. There’s also already a sequel called “Killing Eve: No Tomorrow”. After reading some reviews on Goodreads, many say that the show adaption is more captivating than the book. But don’t get irritated; tastes are different!
Why it is so fascinating?
Jodie Comer as Villanelle
Before the show, I’ve heard nothing about Jodie Comer. She was new to me and I guess to many other people too. But the moment she appeared on my screen, I was into her. The way she plays her role is breathtaking and authentic. I couldn’t take my eyes off her anymore.
Comer has to play several characters in one. She’s not just switching characters and clothes but also languages and accents. The character of Villanelle shows her talent for being versatile.
The ongoing craving to see and meet each other is big. And that’s what the show is about. The obsession with each other. They want to be at the same place, in the same room, next to each other. But also they don’t. It feels like they are not sure if they can fully trust one another. Yet, they both are kind of stalker-ish. The two of them always want to know what the other one does, or where she is.
While Eve seeks the excitement of the female assassin, Villanelle is craving a normal life with a house and marriage like Eve has.
Here’s a fan video that sums up the first season (spoiler alert!):
When they met in the season 1 finale, a legendary dialogue came up (spoiler alert again!)
Villanelle: So what now, Eve?
Eve: I’m going to tell you something. Sit down. I think about you all the time. I think about what you’re wearing and what you’re doing and who you’re doing it with. I think about what friends you have. I think about what you eat before you work and what shampoo you use and what happened in your family. I think about your eyes and your mouth and what you feel when you kill someone, and I think about what you had for breakfast. I just wanna know everything.
Villanelle: I think about you, too. I mean, I masturbate about you a lot.
Eve: OK, that’s…
Villanelle: Too much?
Eve: No… I just, I just wasn’t expecting that.
The show got one of my favourite ones as I started to watch it early in season 1 already. I just wish that there were more episodes than 8. Though one episode is nearly 1 hour, it always feels it’s not enough.
Further, I’m disappointed that only Sandra Oh received a nomination for a Golden Globe. In my opinion, Jodie Comer should have too! She has to jingle several characters as Villanelle and also languages. She’s a newcomer, yes, but still? Give her the recognition she deserves! She’s amazing!
I also have to add that I love the dialogues in the show. Even though it is a drama/thriller series, it still contains funny and sarcastic quotes. Besides that, the costumes! Ugh, Jodie Comer can wear anything. Her characters always look on-point and so well-dressed. I’m jealous!
As you can see, I’m in love with the show. And I can recommend it to everyone who’s looking out for a new show! Also, it’s women-centered! Yay! There’s nothing better than two bad women fighting for the truth.