Killing Eve is back for a fourth season in the BBC’s latest study of how much a brilliant concept can be dragged out before even the biggest fans turn on it.
Following the events of season two, Eve (Sandra Oh) has gone to ground, trying to get over the fact that Villannelle (Jodie Comer) shot her. Villannelle, on the other hand, is attempting to delve into her past while hunting down a promotion.
When a tragic death occurs, Eve finds herself unable to resist being drawn back into her old life but that means working with Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) again. Meanwhile Villannelle just can’t quite leave Eve in peace and finds that without her counter foil life might not be worth living.
I liked some of the new characters. Villanelle’s former mentor, Dasha (Harriet Walker) is a riot and I enjoyed seeing Carolyn interact with her polar opposite daughter, Geraldine (Gemma Whelan). As always there are amazing outfits, crazy situations (like Villannelle getting married just to pull off a hit) and off the wall humour. It’s fun to watch… on the surface.
Under the surface though it all feels a bit style over substance. I wasn’t gagging for the next episode, I didn’t really care about Villannelle’s weird upbringing in Russia or Eve’s ongoing obsession with Niko (Owen McDonnell)… just leave the poor man in peace. Some of the new characters were totally underused. I was expecting absolute scenes with Reece Shearsmith being introduced as Carolyn’s new boss but very little actually happened beyond arguing about offices. Jamie (Danny Sapani) could also have been a great addition to the cast but he never got to his full potential.
The first two seasons of Killing Eve, especially the first one, were whacky but they had heart. Season 3 seems to have lost all its heart. Apparently they are making a fourth one. I’m not sure where else this can all go.