Not only because it stars a Game of Thrones alum…
The BBC’s new show Bodyguard hit Netflix in late October. The show stars Richard Madden, AKA Robb Stark from the soon to end HBO show Game of Thrones, as its protagonist. He plays a police sergeant who is assigned to protect the home secretary, played by Keeley Hawes. American audiences typically don’t pay much attention to BBC-related tele. Unless it’s Doctor Who or Peaky Blinders, they roam the illiterate channels that Yankees have become accustomed to (relax, I’m American and kidding). At some point, the people of our fine nation will wake, after a misguided night of debauchery, and spend their morning with a headache. After the pain subsides they will focus on the singular goal of finding a suitable show to spend the rest of the day binging. Bodyguard is that suitable binge. The first twenty minutes of episode one are, to put it bluntly, fucking fantastic.
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The episode begins with our protagonist sitting on a train, he is accompanying his children home to their mother. Suddenly, our hero starts noticing various inconsistencies with the activity that is taking place on the train—- the tension is palpable. Papa of the year confronts the train car attendant. Turns out Robb Stark is a cop. Before the viewer knows it, terrorists are in the bathroom and our hero is getting ready to throw said terrorists off of the train.
*End of Alert*
You can almost see all the action brilliantly outlined on a page in your head, sentence by sentence. One would not be surprised to learn that the show’s creator Jed Mercurio, is also a novelist. His novels include Bodies (2002), The Penguin Expedition (2003), Ascent: A Novel (2007) and American Adulterer (2009). He adapted his first novel into a BBC series of the same name and his novel Ascent (which he also made into a graphic novel) was listed by The Guardian as one of “1000 Novels Everyone Must Read Before They Die.”
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The best movies/television shows are built on the foundation of a great screenplay, and some of the best screenwriters are wannabe novelists. Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) wants to write novels when he meets his infamous ten film quota and David O. Russell (The Fighter) wanted to be a novelist before working with Marky Mark. Unfortunately, not all writers can make the transition from page to screen (and vice versa) as gracefully as Jed Mercurio…
*Cough* Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald…
Bodyguard grabs you gently by the hair and whispers in your ear, “everything is going to be alright,” before slapping you in the face. It is pulpy, thrilling and fun while also taking a thought-provoking look at PTSD. It’s weirdly complex- you are never sure of the characters or their motives. The show has just received Golden Globe nominations for best drama and best actor. Congratulations Robb Stark, you may have died a gruesome death alongside your wife and unborn child (show only), but at least you’re one hell of an actor.
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