Killing Eve: I'll Deal With Him Later
April 15, 2018 7:01 PM - Season 1, Episode 2 - Subscribe

In the aftermath of her recent assignment, Villanelle is ordered to take a break. Meanwhile, Eve is given a dream opportunity to join a secret MI6 unit tracking Villanelle.
posted by oh yeah! (5 comments total)
This is now my new favoritest show since Orphan Black concluded. Good boring reality spy stuff straight from Deighton, the weird parallels of Eve and Villanelle, the interesting thriller bits of the assassinations... what’s not To like?
posted by drfu at 8:43 PM on April 15 [2 favorites]

This show could go completely off the rails now it doesn't matter I will forever defend it as great television based solely on Fiona Shaw's little aside about the rat.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 4:04 AM on April 16 [3 favorites]

This show is delightful. I really can't summarize my feelings more than that. I just love it so much.
posted by darksong at 9:02 AM on April 17 [1 favorite]

Yeah, I don’t really have anything I want/need to say about the episode aside from “I enjoyed this thing”, but I will keep posting threads just so we have somewhere to say it, since it’s only an 8-episode season (though already renewed for S2).
posted by oh yeah! at 10:43 AM on April 17

this is the sydney-bristow-with-brains chases anna-espinosa-with-screen-time spinoff I always wanted. I could wish the dialogue tried less hard but I don't really mind too much.

and I love that the traditional stern daddy/infantilized girl-woman TV dynamic of an assassin and her handler is, while maintained here, clearly spelled out for what it is: more emotionally significant to him than to her, and more likely to use him up until he needs replacing than her. and I especially like that she's driven by the pure pleasure of the act, by the need to do a job well, by the desire to entertain herself, and by the love of showing off. but not by the need to please whatshisname or get his approval. at all.

I don't expect any serious psychological depth from any show that likes to talk about psychopaths so I won't be disappointed if there isn't much realistic development of Sestina, she is a delight regardless. but her complicated malice regarding children is FASCINATING. what she did to the boy was so much worse than what she did to the girl from the first ep, but I don't think she meant it that way, I think she'd have loved someone do to for her what she did for him, if she were the child with that horrible grandfather. when she watched the bullying it wasn't just noticing an access point to the target. but it's very scary because although she uses her adulthood at the children just like she uses her femininity at her targets, it's just as much for show. in her head they're on the same level. kids are protected from most strange adults, even violent dangerous ones, by being invisible to them as people and unseen as peers. but not with sonnet, she thinks she's one of them. because the protective instinct is what forces mental distance and incomprehension between adults and children, and she doesn't have any of it.

"childlike" in women is usually shorthand for innocent, creepily sexualized, and passive. but an adult who is genuinely childlike is none of those things and is pretty scary.
posted by queenofbithynia at 5:05 PM on April 17

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