Hooten & The Lady s1 ep 2

Alex is in Rome (and the show, pleasingly, is also genuinely in Rome). It’s part business, part pleasure: there’s something-or-other that the British Museum wants to get its hands on, before it’s demolished to make way for a Metro extension. But she’s also supposed to be buying a dress for her wedding to the mysterious fiancé we haven’t seen, helped by her mother (Jane Seymour, clearly having lots of fun while getting paid for it, which I mean as a compliment).

Meantime – what a coincidence! – Hooten is also in Rome, on a mission from God; or, at least, the convent we saw him donating money to last week. He has a scrap of an original Sibylline Book and, when he can take a few minutes off from jumping out of planes without a parachute and flirting with Alex’s mother, he’s trying to find the rest of it; a quest which will, fairly swiftly – this isn’t a show which hangs around – take Alex and Hooten to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, dealing with a subterranean alligator along the way. The Mob is involved as well, of course; this isn’t a show which believes that less equals more.

It’s reasonably entertaining, if not quite up to the standard of last week’s opener, and for now we’re not getting too much character development, although there’s another hint of Secret Pain (his) and a Complicated Past (hers: she claims to have been adopted). The chemistry between Ophelia Lovibond and Michael Landes is very watchable, although I still hope that, in due course, the two of them might get it on. Perhaps with someone playing, in the background, a cover version of Aerosmith’s ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady)’, with the lyrics changed to ‘Hooten And The Lady’. That’s what I would do. Hit me up, writers’ room.

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2 thoughts on “Hooten & The Lady s1 ep 2

  1. CJ Cregg September 30, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    This ep’s obvious lift from the shipping playbook: Hooten tenderly places a coverlet over the worn-out, sleeping Alex so she won’t get cold while he waits with her for news of her kidnapped mother. And – BONUS – he later rides up like the cavalry and risks his own life to save her and her mother from the Mob.

    But this show’s not about shipping, oh no. *rolls eyes*

    Anyway, the ep was fine but I found her calling him a “heifer” not only rude but really jarring, because, as I understand it, a) “heifers” are female cows, not bulls, and the extremely well-educated Lady Alex Lindo-Parker would know that, and b) he’s clearly not remotely overweight. Him then essentially retorting that she was the one who looked like she ate too much pasta was even more bizarre, since – I hate commenting on people’s weight but bear with me this once – Ophelia Lovibond looks very slim. Introducing weird fat-shaming into their “banter” was just mean and not particularly helpful in promoting healthy body image, if you ask me.

    • Traxy October 11, 2016 / 1:05 am

      YES! The weird fat-shaming exchange annoyed me too, for the same reasons!

      Other than that, I agree with the reviewer that episode one was better. Luckily, ep.3 picked up again.

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