Winter binge watching: Hunted

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This was a pretty good if somewhat repetitive spy yarn.  Kind of in the Wile E. Coyote genre.

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Beautiful blonde spy gets shot up,

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heals, kicks ass, gets poisoned,

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heals, kicks ass. The bad guys are really bad.  Eventually it ends.  Pleasantly shot and decently paced the whole way.  One or two R-rated scenes per episode to add salt and pepper.

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Perfectly mindless entertainment for a middle aged guy.  I was sorry to see it go. Actually a lot like Dollhouse along all of those dimensions, though not superficially similar.

It had some renewal potential but eventually died on the vine after Season 1 ended. The New York Times whinged that Melissa George, the lead actress, was a grade B- version of Claire Danes in Homeland.  I don’t get the connection.  Melissa George was a Playboy magazine cover girl in the late 90’s.

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Claire Danes is good at making cry-face.

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Melissa George does almost zero cry-face in any of the 8 episodes of this show.  Her whole act is the opposite of cry-face.  In control always, even when she’s not.   So more of a female version of Daniel Craig’s version of James Bond.

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I say Craig and not Connery because Connery had some emotion and humor, even when he’s drinking out of a kerosene lantern chimney

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and these are not features of Craig’s or George’s performances.  But they are still both watchable.  You just have to be in the mood for in-control stony-face.  The bad guys in the show are all really really bad.  Trump Cabinet bad.

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I’d say almost too bad except they look like humanitarians when compared to watching livestreaming confirmation hearings of Tom Price

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or Steve Mnuchin.

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