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'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Need to Check Out Sandra Oh's Intense New Show 'Killing Eve'

'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Need to Check Out Sandra Oh's Intense New Show 'Killing Eve'

第一集最恐怖的时刻Sandra Oh's excellent new series杀戮夏娃doesn't involve bloods,guts,or murder.Trust me,there's plenty of that—the show centers on an officer,Eve (Oh),who's tasked with hunting down a deadly assassin—but the scariest scene is much more subdued.

It happens about midway through the first episode.Eve's looking at snaps of the assassin's handiwork when she randomly asks her husband,who's sitting next to her,how he'd kill her—hypothetically,当然。He doesn't have an answer,but Eve knows exactly how she'd killhim.“我会用萨克斯毒素麻痹你,让你在睡梦中窒息,chop you into the smallest bits I could manage,boil you down,put you in a blender,然后带你去烧瓶里工作,把你冲进餐厅的厕所,”她平静地说,quickly,and without emotion,like she's rattling off a grocery list or something.It's the first indication there may be more to Eve,the whip-smart agent who's supposed to becatchingthe killers,比我们想象的。

That's not to say the show's going to do a 180 and turn Eve into some type of mad serial killer.说真的?第一集编织的纠结的网络让我们很难确定到底会发生什么,这就是为什么这个节目如此出色。None of these characters are black and white.For example,the assassin Eve's hunting down,Villanelle (Jodie Comer),杀死那些犯下令人发指罪行的厌恶者,这意味着你并不完全支持她。You're not rooting against any of these characters,for that matter.Not even Eve after she makes that beyond eerie comment to her husband.These characters exist in that messy,raw middle ground;他们又好又坏,又聪明又害怕。在间谍电影和电视节目中,that type of nuance is typically reserved for male characters;it's exhilarating to see both Eve and Villanelle receive it here.

Frankly,it's just refreshing to see a female-driven spy epic,full stop.That genre has historically included women's stories,但他们总是有一些可爱的或被淡化的东西。The women inCharlie's Angelsare kickass,sure,但他们必须回答某个无名氏的声带。Charlize Theronis superb inAtomic Blonde,but something about the way that film is packaged feels very,"Look at this Lady Spy!" Female secret agent movies are typically either funny (Miss Congeniality),screwball (抛弃我的间谍),or heavily dependent on sexuality (Red Sparrow);there's nothing inherently wrong with that,especially if the female characters in question have agency.However,it is somewhat frustrating that women-focused spy epics aren't allotted the same amount of grit and intensity as male ones.

杀戮夏娃,though,has grit in spades.It's violent and disheveled—sometimes uncomfortably so.Yes,there is a sexual component to it.The first episode,interestingly,在维拉内尔和夏娃之间挑起火花。(Stay tuned on that one.) However,any titillation in杀戮夏娃takes a backseat to no-holds-barred intensity: the type of ferocity you'd see in a James Bond film.乌玛·瑟曼的角色Kill Billmight be the only female peer Villanelle and Eve have in that respect.


像这样的节目会把流行文化推向它需要的方向。什么也没有杀戮夏娃feels like it was packaged by a group of men deciding what they "think" a female spy show would look like.这一点完全归功于该系列的创作者,Phoebe Waller-Bridge (whose Amazon showFleabagis an absolute must-watch).Waller-Bridge's eye is balanced and honest;she never belittles the female characters or objectifies them.杀戮夏娃doesn't present idealized versions of female spies and assassins.What we see actually feels like how women would respond in these graphic,singular circumstances.There's nothing polished or censored about it.That's refreshing—and should serve as framework for the female spy shows and movies to come.


Killing Eve,simply put,illustrates why it's important to have women at the helm of female-driven stories.The result,more often than not,is incredibly authentic—and,in杀戮夏娃's case,incredibly bloody.

The show airs Sundays at 8 P.M.ET on BBC America.

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