Hidden ep 4

Oh no. No, no, no. This won’t do. I don’t mind when dramas leave one or two things hanging in the air, when there are still one or two mysteries unsolved, when an audience is – on one view, flatteringly – left to draw a conclusion or two for itself. But there’s a thin line between doing that and just not bothering to write a decent conclusion, and Hidden was firmly on the wrong side of that line. After weeks of Wentworth threatening to come out with staggering, blood-chilling revelations about Worsley, we never get to hear them – it turns out that poor old Wentworth was a patsy, to be assassinated on Morpeth’s instructions giving him an unconvincing excuse to launch a coup. In a cynical piece of bet-hedging Wentworth is described as “another plausible, ambitious PR man with a trust fund and a pretty wife” (i.e. David Cameron), then comes out with a Tony Blair quote about the hand of history. Ooh, how daringly satirical! Politicians, eh? They’re nothing like as clever as scriptwriters.

Meantime there was no explanation for how or why Harry’s brother came to be alive after all – even if it was no surprise – nor for who was intervening at key moments to keep Harry alive (possibly his brother?). Nor, for that matter, why the expert sharpshooter who killed Fountain couldn’t have reloaded and shot again to get Gina. Nor what Elspeth was up to, or what the business with Harry’s son was, or what Fountain had to do with the plot, or who was behind the helpdesk, or why baguette lady was killed, or… oh, to hell with it. I don’t really care. If this was an attempt to get a second season they can shove it.

12 thoughts on “Hidden ep 4

  1. Capt. Harold Dobey October 30, 2011 / 1:43 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out if he’s really a web designer.

    So. Absolutely nothing was resolved. I’m not counting the stuff that made no sense as being a resolution.

    I think it will get another series simply because they are struggling to find Glennister something to do.

    He deserves better than this.

  2. Jed Bartlet October 30, 2011 / 7:24 pm

    He’s as much a web designer as Gina is a lawyer.

  3. Capt. Harold Dobey October 30, 2011 / 8:02 pm

    And he’s as much a lawyer as his brother is dead. And everyone else who was supposed to be dead.

  4. Claire Muncaster November 7, 2011 / 3:03 pm


    I absolutely loved it. Just my type of thing. I think it was either a fantasy (everything was too glamorous, no info about her law firm, etc.) or a flashback to what had happened before (he was a solicitor but isn’t now?)
    Glenister only seems to be able to play one type of character; but he’s good at playing that one type of character so it doesn’t matter.

  5. Jed Bartlet November 7, 2011 / 5:45 pm

    Hi Claire. I can see the attraction of the fantasy or flashback idea – he’s in prison, constructing a sort of daydream about how his life went wrong, or how he’d like it to have gone wrong. Helps with the plot holes!

    I suspect Philip Glenister’s got a wider range than he’s being allowed to show, but I suppose he’s going to be offered a lot of parts in which he’s required to play a rough diamond, and they’ll pay the mortgage.

  6. Claire Muncaster November 7, 2011 / 8:35 pm


    Thanks. I prefer him playing that type of part anyway, so let’s hope so.

  7. Jed Bartlet November 7, 2011 / 9:03 pm

    Judging from conversations I’ve had with female friends, Claire, you are very much not alone.

  8. Claire Muncaster November 8, 2011 / 11:21 am


    Thanks, Jed. I think a lot of actors have wider ranges than they’re being allowed to show; e.g. nobody would watch Jason Statham in a costume drama would they?! (but then costume dramas have always left me cold – I think they’re just *too* far in the past)

    I didn’t realise Philip Glenister had been in loads of those either; if Gene Hunt hadn’t made such a big impression on me I wouldn’t have a clue who he was (& wouldn’t care).

  9. Tim November 10, 2011 / 3:32 pm

    Finally got round to watching the last episode. What. A. Load. Of. Tosh.

    Too many deliberately unanswered questions. Whether or not the writers were touting for a second season makes no difference to me, You need some sense of closure no matter what, and Hidden provided none.

    There have been too many serialised dramas in the last year or so which have strung their already thin content out into far more episodes than necessary (cough, Torchwood, splutter). I would have quite happily watched one more episode of Hidden just to tie up some of the loose ends. I feel denied, and won’t be watching a second season if there is one.

  10. Claire Muncaster November 12, 2011 / 5:51 pm


    I reckon Mark *was* dead; he was in a funny light. I always thought Harry was in prison the whole time – the speech to his son gave it away – & that was why he was so scruffy –- he never seemed to quite fit with his surroundings to me. Or maybe he was off his head (or both); he kept saying he was a solicitor but I didn’t see him go to work once.

    I was never bothered about the political stuff. Best thing I’ve seen in a long while.

    I like short series/even one-offs; less time to get bored with them then. I’d luv a 2nd series but I think I’m in a minority, so i’d understand if there wasn’t. What do I know – I actually *liked* ‘Vexed’

  11. Claire Muncaster November 13, 2011 / 5:48 pm


    When it was revealed that Gene Hunt was pushing up the daisies I was gutted.

    Harry was so much like him (apart from looks) – albeit in a modern setting with modern clothes – it was as if it had never happened. I really didn’t want to see shades of Gene in Harry, but the more I tried not to, the more I saw them. A certain Alanis Morrissette song comes to mind.

    Seems strange there’d be a 2nd series of something a lot of people didn’t seem to like.

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