Hooten & the Lady (2016–2017)
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This is one of those TV shows where you can just sit down and enjoy lighthearted story line. you know what will happen and that is the idea of it. you know that Hooten will f^&k up something somewhere... but you don't know where
Its as cheesy as riders of the lost ark, or the temple of doom... and there is nothing wrong about it.
It's pretty dry sense of humor and has had me in stitches a number of times so far.
It kind of reminds me of the guys from the Mummy, the leading guy comes across as a bit of a money grabbing dick but is actually a bit of a softy. The leading lady seems like an extremely boring book worm but actually has lots of ooompf. I much prefer these two though they have great banter.
I have no doubt it'll be canceled, it looks expensive to make and which is such a shame, so I'm going to enjoy every last minute whilst I can !
The cast is good and production values are right there with good U.S TV Series.
Story lines in first 5 episodes are also good and kept me engaged.
I am not looking for anything more from any of the TV series and this fits my bill at least.
So in conclusion, its worth a watch if you are also into exploring new series like me.
At around the second or third episode, however, I realised that the fault wasn't really with the show, it was with me. We've had a wide range of incredibly immersive and comparatively realistic TV shows recently. That's not what this show is trying to be - not at all. It has an almost comic book adaptation-like feel to it.
Once you stop taking it so seriously, as you might other shows, you can really start to enjoy the excitingly fast-paced and exotic story lines, the fun and quite original character dynamics and incredible travel scenery on offer.
This is a very entertaining show, and what Michael Landes and Ophelia Lovibond have each achieved within their roles fits perfectly. The dialogue is light-hearted and comedic, and yet retains just enough depth, along with the all-important "will they, won't they" dynamic that audiences will genuinely be interested.
I realised - slower than I probably should - that I don't actually want to watch them fund-raise for plane tickets. I don't need to know what happened with their rental car's insurance after it was totalled. No, this is just entertainment.
I'm giving Hooten and The Lady 8/10 because I think that it really achieves what it has set out to do, and has been very entertaining. At times I did feel like some of the clichés and cheesy lines could have been a bit much, but they really were effective in keeping it light-hearted.
It's obvious that this must have been an expensive production. An eight episode series did feel a little short to me though and sometimes having just 40-something minutes for these new plot lines and locations felt slightly rushed. It makes me wonder if Series 2 could really benefit from stretching out each story-line across two (pt.A/pt.B) episodes each - giving us the same 8 stories, but expanded across 16 episodes, without having to double the budget.
Looking forward to what's next!
But just in the first half of the first episode, which is as much as I could take, this series manages to fail in almost every way.
First off, the cast is quite mediocre. Not awful. Not "completely can't act." But mediocre. The spunky Brit and the adventurer both are performed by people who don't seem to have much affinity for the roles. I don't know that either of them has ever even *seen* an adventure movie. They just feel like they're playing parts they don't really get.
The story is mired in generic clichés, and these aren't even presented convincingly. I didn't believe the British one cared about science, I didn't believe the adventurer had done any adventuring. The pawn- shop scene that introduces the adventurer feels perfunctory. The native tribe is every cliché you've seen in an Abbot and Costello movie.
Everything in the movie feels like it's just there because it's been there in other movies. The antagonism between the leads feels false, with arguments that are forced and have no fire or passion.
This series attempts to make a basic, generic adventure story, and can't do it. I wouldn't quite say it was unwatchable, but I would say there's no earthly reason to watch it.
I'm loving this series. Like a few of you, I decided to wait until a few episodes had been shown. I was a bit concerned that it may just be a bad copy of Indiana Jones, but I'm glad to say it isn't. I think the reason for this is the Lady companion. She travels with Hooten, and gets into some scrapes too. The chemistry is obviously building between them, and it's a Love/Hate relationship - which I was completely expecting.
A lot of people are comparing it to Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone, which is true, it also very much reminds me of the Uncharted games which are great also. Give it a go, it is worth a look.
Those other series at least had engaging lead Actors , this series not so much. British Actress Ophelia Lovibond is pretty much a "walking overbite". Her dramatic range is limited to delivering lines in the same annoying flat monotone.
Michael Landes at 45 is getting far too long in the tooth to play these roles. He is about fifteen years too old to be playing this role - and it shows in every scene. He looks very tired, and disappointed.
There is absolutely no chemistry between the two leads. They stumble through each scene as if they were highly medicated.
The only bright spot in this production is Jane Seymour. Her scenes remind us of what a competent actress can do to raise the level of a production. Unfortunately Seymour is rarely utilized .
Lady Alex Spencer-Parker works for a museum in Britain. Her path gets across rogue, brutish, I-don't-know-what-a-saving-machine-is Hooten and pretty soon they both team up to search for lost artifacts, run away from 'bad people' and make havoc all around.
The story is simple as they come. In each episode, Hooten and Alex get together (for one reason or another) and have to work together to get to some mysterious object (normally in 'exotic' places like Burma). It doesn't stray for away from a cheap Indiana Jones knock-off, but both Alex and Hooten are charming enough (Lovibond and Landes doing an acceptable job with the paper thin personalities of the characters) and their paring works (one is always clean, smart and tries to do the right thing, the other a thief, dirty and selfish). With a recycled plot that is basically the same for each episode, it all depends on the characters and it is good that it is fun to share 40 minutes with them.
It all ends being shallow but fun, and it is short enough that it doesn't overstay its welcome.