‘The Night Manager’ episode 5 review: Traitors, failures, and hope

 

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BBC’s “The Night Manager” certainly set the stage during its first four episodes for something epic coming down the road, and we definitely got a precise sense of that through watching the new episode Sunday night. This may have been the most epic hour of TV that the show has brought to us right there, given that it brought everything to us from suspense to danger and then of course some twists and turns.

For one, who saw the attack on Gordon? Burr is starting to feel the consequences of some of her actions and orders, with one of the biggest ones being merely that it doesn’t quite seem as though everything went according to plan with the mission. Pine was suddenly accused indirectly of being a double agent … even though the reality was that he simply had to do what he could in order to keep himself safe for now. Meanwhile, Corky instead was the one proclaimed to be a traitor more than Pine.

The question for Pine now should be if he can escape, let alone bring Roper to justice. He and Jed have been thrust in more than ever, and they’ve also seen more of what happens to those Roper feels are a threat. (Suffice it to say, it doesn’t end well for them.) Who knows if Burr is even going to be able to do anything at all now?

Do we think that this show is for everyone? Probably not, since there are probably some out there who would prefer there to be a little more action. Yet, we find the series fiercely intelligent, distinctive, and something that makes Sunday night’s TV lineup a little more electric. We are certainly more than thankful for it as a result. Grade: A-.

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