Do yourself a favor and google, “Best shows of 2018.” I would bet my life that the show on every single Top 10 list is Killing Eve.
Coming into 2018, Killing Eve wasn’t on too many radars. The fact that is was on BBC America probably lead to the lack of hype. That being said, after it’s premiere this Spring, audiences and critics began to fall in love with this sleeper hit.
Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (creator of Fleabag and voice of L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars Story), Killing Eve presents a cat-and-mouse game between a British Intelligence Agent, Eve (Sandra Oh), and a highly-skilled assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Eve’s job is to track down Villanelle and stop her from murderous path of assassinating a bounty full of high ranking European officials. As the two begin to learn more about each other, what started out as an assignment becomes an obsession for both women as they are attracted to each other both physically and mentally.
What makes this show so addicting is its chemistry between Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. On one side, Eve lives a safe, content life with her husband and boring desk job, but it’s lacking excitement as Eve yearns for a thrilling assignment in the field. Villanelle is a stone-faced killer who makes assassinations exciting and commonplace, but because of her deadly occupation, she lacks the normalcy of a “real life.” Both women begin to acquire characteristics from each other, and realize that their fascination with each other becomes a mutual attraction with respect for one another’s talents.
I don’t want to spoil too much, but there are quite a few moments that made my jaw drop. There were times where I said, “Holy shit.” There were scenes where I wanted to look away in fear. Killing Eve is violent, but not too gory. It’s thrilling and scary, but has soft and romantic gestures. It’s a show that poses questions regarding morality as you begin to battle with yourself if you can feel sympathy for a killer. Every episode builds on the previous storyline and the plot moves and thickens with every scene. The initial meeting between Eve and Villanelle will go down as one of my favorite scenes of the year.
Full disclosure, I did not sit down to watch Killing Eve until it arrived on Hulu a few weeks ago (Thank my tv subscription for not having BBC America). I was addicted from the first scene. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer’s performances were magnificent and deserve every award imaginable. (It is a CRIME that Comer continues to get snubbed in acting categories. Oh deserves her praise, but so does Comer. You can’t have one without the other. Killing Eve should win Best Drama Series and Best Actress for Oh at the Golden Globes.) With tremendous acting and an addictive storyline, Killing Eve became my favorite show of 2018.