My introduction to Phoebe Waller-Bridge was Amazon’s Fleabag. This crude comedy kept reinventing itself as the season progressed and became something entirely new. It was easily one of my favorite shows of 2016. To aid the Fleabag hangover, I then move on to Crashing (Netflix). A comedy that was stuck in development hell until Fleabag started to take off. Two years later and there’s still no second season of Fleabag. Why? Phoebe Waller-Bridge starred in some ill-fated Star Wars anthology movie you may or may not have heard of and she began to focus on a new show. That show is Killing Eve. Now, I’m here to tell you, I’m not in a rush for Fleabag Season 2 anymore.
Killing Eve (BBC America)
Status: Season 1 Complete. Renewed for a second season.
Not to pigeonhole a talented creative but when I think about Phoebe Waller-Bridge, I definitely don’t think a spy show. She has a special brand of crude dark humor so that’s my instant associate. Her offbeat comedy actually makes her the perfect creator of a show like this. This isn’t your typical spy vs. spy TV show. First off, there are two female leads. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) is an MI6 agent who becomes obsessed with tracking down her newest target, an international assassin. Villanelle (Jodie Comer) is an international assassin who becomes obsessed with her tracker. So within this spy vs spy show, there are moments of comedy. It’s quite funny to think about an international assassin having a teenage-style crush on the agent hunting her down but it makes for a very entertaining dynamic. It’s not dark and brooding like a spy show we’ve come to know. It’s actually light, which makes the darker moments much more surprising. Villanelle is quite goofy but she’s a dangerous killer when she needs to be. Jodie Comer’s performance makes this easy to buy.
I highly recommend this show. We’re almost at the midpoint of 2018 and I don’t see it moving down my list anytime soon. If you’re interested, I have a bit of bad news. You have less than two weeks to watch this show on-demand or through the BBC app. Good news, it’s only 8 episodes so it won’t take you any time to knock them out.