Bodyguard: Episode 6
October 3, 2018 9:39 AM - Season 1, Episode 6 - Subscribe

With no-one left who believes him, Specialist Protection Officer David Budd's enquiries put him in mortal danger.<

Principal Protection Officer David Budd has made a major breakthrough in the investigation into the attack on the home secretary, but his enquiries have put him in mortal danger. With the clock ticking and no-one left who believes him, David attempts to prove his innocence. But the evidence against him begins to stack up.
posted by Stark (4 comments total)
I thought it was a bit rubbish by the end :(
After they killed off the Home Secretary I didn't really care anymore, and by the end I just wanted it to finish, and was almost watching out of obligation.
I certainly don't think it was as great or clever as they show thinks it was.
posted by chrispy108 at 12:52 PM on October 3

Yeah, I think this started as an interesting psychological thriller and ended in a not very coherent paranoid conspiracy thriller. While how the conspiracy works was superfically quite clever, tying up most loose ends, I think the reason it feels so confusing throughout is that it doesn't make sense. Simply put, the mafia guys plan makes no sense. A home secretary is about to introduce a piece of anti terror legislation you don't like, and to spike it you murder her and make it look like a piece of terrorism. I am 100% certain that doing this would have the opposite effect than you intend, and anyone would know this! The legislation wasn't attached to her like glue, it was a piece of legislation introduced by the government which would seem only more pressing after an unprecedented attack!

Along with this, we had to buy everyone thinking that Budd conspired with the shooter, despite this making no sense if you thought about it for more than 20 seconds. The recorded facts, and there were multiple witnesses, was that the car was shot at repeatedly, then Budd left the car, found the shooter, who proceeded to kill himself. On what planet would Budd be his conspirator? If they intended to kill the home secretary, all Budd would have needed to do was hold her still while he shot. He was her bodyguard! Like, if that scene had ended with her dying and him catching the shooter who committed suicide, then sure, that makes sense, or even if she had caught a bullet but not died it might have worked, but as it happens you don't need to be in the tv audience to see it doesn't make a lick of sense!
posted by Cannon Fodder at 12:04 AM on October 4

Yeah - the first few episodes really did have the "Woah! Everybody's involved! How will they resolve this?" factor - and it did have people talking the following day, at least in my small office, but the ending felt like a damp squib.

As Cannon Fodder says, that organised crime thing just didn't ring true and came out of nowhere, as did Nadia's confession.

They spent 5 episodes building up the baddies and I was hoping for a mighty comeuppance through a series of traps (it started when the MI5 bloke got maced at Budd's flat) but then it was all just neatly wrapped up life went back to normal. It just felt flat.
posted by jontyjago at 12:39 AM on October 4

This started off so strong but by episode 4 was really floundering. Still, overall a perfectly decent series.
posted by turbid dahlia at 8:53 PM on October 10

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