Quote from Bodyguard by Julia Montague: “That doesn’t require apologizing for the past.”
Writer: Jed Mercurio
Director: Thomas Vincent and John Strickland
Cast: Richard Madden, Sophie Rundle, Gina McKee, Ash Tandon, Nina Toussaint-White, Stuart Bowman, Richard Riddell, Nicholas Gleaves, Matt Stokoe, Anjii Mohindra, Shubham Saraf, Stephanie Hyam, and Keeley Hawes
Rating: TV-MA for Sex & Nudity, Profanity, and Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking
Episode Number: Six
Episode Length: 60 minutes
I read good things about this show and looked forward to seeing Richard Madden again. The last thing I had seen him in was Medici: Masters of Florence. Who knows what to believe about the whole James Bond gossip? Back to this six episode series where his character, David Budd, is assigned the role of protecting the Home Secretary, Julia Montague. Yes, he fought in Afghanistan. Yes, he was at odds with his new assignment because of Montague’s views. Yes, there were unnecessary sex scenes. (Sex sells. Ladies love the romance. Okay, most ladies). Sometimes, it advanced the plot forward. Other times not. I could have taken it either way.
The first episode hooked me and kept me engaged. I thought some scenes could’ve been toned down (a touch of overacting), but it led me wanting to know more and why. I began the second episode, and after that was done, I pretty much decided to binge watch the show in one day. The tension, both sexual and political, continued between Budd and Montague. His relationship with his own family gains traction. He continues to have common issues many go through after fighting a war including flashbacks, drinking, and hiding emotions. The sixth episode comes to a close with David Budd forced to commit to soul searching.
While this show does highlight the reality of terrorism and terrorists in today’s global world, it’s a tricky subject to tackle. You don’t want to paint a picture of a certain ethnic group in an unfavorable light, but unfortunately, this does happen at times. These tragedies repeat itself in many parts of the world and sometimes by the same individuals. People also can turn on its own neighbors/citizens. The recent terrorism spreading across the United States last and this week is a prime example. Because it’s easy to view others as the enemy, it’s also easy to justify deadly means to get a deadly end. In regards to the show, this model of thinking was present in more than one area.
Bodyguard is good in the sense of a given a tiny slice of one type of cake to eat. It allows for complications within and among the politicians and police forces. It errs on the side of caution when it comes to having a tidy answer by the end (okay, in one story line). On the flip side, a drawback to this show was the almost band aid like treatment of explaining a few things during the latter half. There should have been a little more leading up to the answers given. It’s almost like the creators skipped a letter between X and Z. We see X happening. Z was given as a possibility. Y was the reason given. There wasn’t enough “ah, that makes complete sense.” I was left more with “okay, could’ve used a little more detail earlier, but whatever. I still get it.” In conclusion this wasn’t the greatest show I’ve seen, but it had enough content to be rated as good overall.
Bodyguard gets Three Fingers with 80%.