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Killing Eve Keeps Killing It
By Ryan Brunt
Everybody’s favorite globe-trotting game of cat and mouse-turned romance is back, and I’m just going to cut to the chase- the second season of Killing Eve is really good. It’s the kind of show that makes everything else look bad. As good as the first season was, the second season feels that much sharper; leads Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer bring some fresh new angles to their respective characters, the writer’s room is clearly firing on all cylinders, and the locations are even more beautiful and engaging. Long story short: watch Killing Eve at your earliest convenience.
The first thing that this season establishes is the importance of the “killing” in Killing Eve; it’s stunningly, almost shockingly violent. And even though the first season was not a bloodless affair by any means, it feels like the writers decided to ramp it up this time around. But it’s still deployed in a clever and, for lack of a better word, thoughtful, way. Rather than constructing entire sequences dedicated to some form of death or destruction, the show uses it as an exclamation point in otherwise peaceful scenes; it constantly veers between jarring extremes of comedy and violence, with hardly any warning. But it somehow never feels cheap or simply for shock value, which is no easy feat. It’s rare to find a series with such a high of a body count that manages to be so smart about it.
Of course, I can’t talk about Killing Eve without discussing the performances of the cast. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are obviously the standouts in this department. They manage to pull off a Sleepless in Seattle style of chemistry- despite not really sharing any screen time until the second half of the season, they still have a really special electricity that drives the show. Comer does an incredible job portraying the sociopathic assassin Villanelle; there is a suitable amount of scariness in the character, but Comer is able to sneak in enough genuine moments of vulnerability that, like Oh’s Eve Polastri, the audience finds itself sympathizing more with Villanelle than would seem appropriate. And Sandra Oh continues to be a joy to watch; the new season gave her a lot of room to push her character to the limits, and she doesn’t hold back. It’s a wonder to see an actor at the absolute top of their game with strong material to work with. And the rest of the cast brings their A-game as well. Every character jumps off the screen, which rarely happens in a series with a cast of this size.
I can honestly recommend this season of Killing Eve with zero reservations. It’s funny, well-written, well-acted and on top of that it’s only eight episodes. You really can’t go wrong here.
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