Hunted Season 1 Review “Ambassadors”

Having been quite harsh on BBC/Cinemax’s joint spy-drama production, Hunted, so far, this week’s episode, ‘Ambassadors’, was actually a very pleasant surprise. Despite not nearly reaching the dizzy heights of intrigue and emotional intensity that it should have by episode five, things do kick up a gear this week, and it’s becoming a lot easier to side with certain characters over others.

We left Hunter in a rather precarious position last week, as an attack from the fake Dr. Goebel has put her in the hospital. Not is all as it seems, however, since he claims he’s actually one of the good guys, and seeks to protect her from the threats from both Hourglass and Byzantium. With the pantomime villains and Hollywood-style terrorists wondering around the show so far, this is a nice twist that I don’t think anyone saw coming. In addition to this switch-around, we’re also treated to some meaty new info about the various corporations after Hunter.

Hourglass has been revealed as a multinational corporation who began their mission for world domination over five centuries ago. No doubt seeking to make the central conspiracy more epic, this little detail could actually takes viewers even further away from the characters we’re supposed to be following. Parallel to this, however, is Aidan’s apparent betrayal, as Hunter’s ex-boyfriend and potential baby daddy is revealed as the mole inside Byzantium. The most obvious candidate since the first episode, and thus the first to be ruled out, the revelation is a bit of an anti-climax when placed in episode five, but at least forces Hunter to show some emotion.

This week brought the news that Hunted has been canned by the BBC, but will continue into a second series on US network Cinemax. There might be a clue to my mediocre reaction in this, since American audiences seem to have responded to the series in a much stronger way than in the UK. Nonetheless, I’m interested to see where this first series will lead to, and this full-throttle episode has reignited my interest somewhat. How long have Hourglass been after Hunter, for example? We now know that they might have had something to do with her traumatic childhood ordeal alluded to each week.

What did you think of the episode? Do you think the information and revelations should have been spread out a little more? Let us know in the comments.