Living in UK , I am hoping to read and watch more British based stories.
I stumbled upon “Bodyguard” featuring Robb Stark – actor from Game of Thrones and was hooked on it only twenty minutes into the series.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
War veteran David Budd finds work as a police sergeant with London’s Metropolitan Police Service, in the Royalty and Specialist Protection branch. He is assigned to protect the home secretary, the Rt. Hon. Julia Montague MP, a controversial and ambitious politician who is described as “the sociopath” by one of her aides, and who has plans to introduce invasive new surveillance powers for security forces. Finding himself increasingly at odds with Montague’s policies and personality, and dealing with physical and psychological scars from his time serving in Afghanistan, volatile Budd is torn between his beliefs and his duty to protect.
I really enjoyed the first three episodes. A tense, gritty thriller with all its political drama in the background. It was then followed by irrational decisions, cliche plot twists and obvious loopholes.
Although, it does have some gripping scenes and pulls you into the story so much you care enough to see how it all unfolds. It is full of twists and turns and is fast paced. I am not sure if it was realistic for a PPO who is mentally unstable be allowed to protect an important person of the country. but well, it’s Fiction, and we shall let that go.
However, ending it with an emphasis on a man’s mental health was a very nice touch to the story. It also highlights the trauma soldiers face post war.
Overall, it’s worth a watch if one can ignore the heavily stereotyped story line. This show earned the 3.5 stars mainly for its cast, the gripping first three episodes and how exhilarating it left me.
Release : 2018
Genre : Crime| Thriller
Streaming On: Netflix.