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Published November 26th 2012
Melissa George takes on the role of Hunter and Hunted
Melissa George recently came back to Australia to promote Hunted, the engaging 8 episode BBC spy drama, and may have lost her sanity on the trip. In a split second she managed to destroy much of the love and support of fans and media alike after completely ripping into her Aussie soap-star past. Consequently not doing herself any favours in the "not sounding and acting like a total egomaniac" stakes. While I'm not her biggest fan after she showed such an unpleasant side of her personality, I wouldn't hold it against her and I'd still definitely recommend putting her arrogance aside and taking a peak at the fast paced, engrossing new series, Hunted.
Melissa George plays the unflappable and undeniably dangerous Sam Hunter, a highly skilled British espionage operative employed by a private security firm, Byzantium. The pilot episode of Hunted, entitled "Mort" begins in Tangier. The opening scene - a short-lived steamy sex scene offering a discreet peak of Sam Hunter in the nude. The next day, whilst carrying out the rescue of a doctor captured by the Frenchman with whom she previously spent the night with, the situation seemingly turns sour. However, as you will discover, things aren't always as they seem in the course of these covert operations.
After setting up a private rendezvous, she soon realises that her position has been compromised. She has seemingly been double-crossed, ambushed and left for dead. She takes refuge in her childhood home in Scotland to recover and recuperate. During her year there, she retrains herself, getting her fitness back to its peak. Timing herself holding her breath underwater and running over mountainous terrain to regain endurance and stamina. Whilst there, you get a glimpse into her childhood through flashbacks, revealing some traumatising experiences.
Once she's ready, she wants her job back, as well as the chance to discover who put her in that life-threatening position, as she suspects it was someone from her own agency that betrayed her. Her boss, Keel, is stunned to see her after presuming she was dead after no contact for months and no response to any of the signals the firm had planted for her in the newspapers. She is a vital asset to the team, with both her boss and herself knowing how essential her expertise are to the company.
She is soon sent out on her first assignment since returning to London. She is now undercover as Alex Kent, a grade 3 teacher from Indiana. Required to infiltrate the life of multi-millionaire and ruthless criminal, Jack Turner, through his only remaining son, Stephen. In an elaborate ruse, Sam apparently saves Stephen's 10 year old boy from being kidnapped, instantly endearing herself and making the pivotal connection to befriend the family.
The episode then ends on quite a cliffhanger and we realise she is facing the fate of being hunted by her most ruthless and determined adversary yet. It succeeds in encouraging you to stay tuned and watch the next episode to see what is uncovered.
I believed the characters, liked the striking action sequences, intense fight scenes and all the intrigue that comes with a series about espionage. It's easy to keep track of, but there's definitely less obvious pieces of the puzzle to keep your eye out for.
Visually it's engaging and certainly of high production quality. With the level of intermittent gore, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone young, so you might have to keep this one as a guilty pleasure to watch at bedtime if you have kiddies.
Not everything is perfect, few TV shows are, but it does have plenty going for it that would surely keep me watching and wondering what will happen next. This high energy, multifaceted thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat and will hook you in, ready and raring to watch the next installment.