This just in: BBC’s “The Night Manager” just unveiled what may be the strongest episode of its run so far. The show is about motives and secrets, and through this hour we saw more of what Pine is precisely willing to do in order to make his mission a success.
Part of that comes courtesy of balancing out his relationships, with Jed being one of the more interesting ones. He was warned by Corky not to get too close, and it is easy to understand why. Roper likes to have a vice-grip on her, including knowing information about her (including her son) while giving here mere shreds of information in return. She’s intrigued by Pine, and willing to get close to him so long as it does not create suspicion on her.
Yet, Pine has not made the jump just yet, as we’re thankfully seeing a case here of someone who is not willing to completely compromise himself for the sake of people who are clearly having a tough time in life. he’s not the best spy we’ve ever seen necessarily, but he has common sense. That goes a long way when it comes to doing a job like this. At the end of the day, the good news for him is that due to Roper’s company actions at the end of the hour, he’s closer to full infiltration and completing Burr’s mission that ever before. He’s been “welcomed to the family,” so we shall see what happens from there!
While we do wish that “The Night Manager” delivered more when it comes to a huge discussion-point moment, there’s no denying that the performances are stellar (Hugh Laurie is killing it), and you are getting just enough information to be satisfied while you know there’s still something else coming down the road. It’s hard to not feel like the BBC got themselves another stellar piece of the lineup with this show. Grade: B+.
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