Taboo tv series premiere: Looks like a gorgeous dark tale of revenge
Before talking about Taboo tv series, I want to talk about Steven Knight, who is the brains behind Peaky Blinders, one of the best shows out there and one of my favorites. It is sadly under-rated but is massively entertaining with fine performances, with Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory in the center. The gangster drama is directed so well by Steven Knight, you just can’t take your eyes off. So when I came to know that Taboo tv series was being helmed by Knight (along with Chips Hardy and Tom Hardy), and starred Tom-freaking-Hardy, I knew this was going to be something.
Taboo tv series is set in 1814, London, and one of the best things about watching this show would be the period detailing. It is exquisite and feels like a grand costume drama. During this time, Great Britain and America had some negotiations over an extended boundary between U.S and Canada. The East India Company wants to control that side of trade route but in their way stands James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy) who everyone believed to be dead when he vanished in the wilderness of Africa, but now has returned for his father’s funeral out of nowhere. One of his father’s assets lies in that strategic area which was supposed to be sold to East India Company, but now he has shown up and both parties are hell bent to have it their way.
Taboo is a delicious period drama and you get engrossed from the first frame. It doesn’t take up time to let you know that things are going to get nasty and Steven and Chips execute it in a stylish and machismo manner. The creators take care of the crudest details in the best way possible, whether it is the London streets or different characters, it gives the perfect vibe. But amidst all that is going, you can’t deny the fact that Tom Hardy steals the limelight. Taboo is more about Tom Hardy, and little of everything else. He is singularly exceptional performer here with known stars such as David Hayman and Jonathan Pryce just perform the duties of being a support cast. But again, boy is Tom hardy good! He plays badass and he nails it.
This is one hell of a slow burner show but I bet those who have patience, will be suitably rewarded when the show ends after 8 episodes. British shows are spectacular with their period detail and Taboo tv series does exactly that. The grittiness and filth is all present and feels genuine. The first episodes leaves us with many questions about Delaney’s past, what happened to him in Africa, what are his intentions and plans et cetera et cetera. The pilot sets up the stage for confrontations and revelations nicely. Taboo tv series premiere was strong, creepy and intense as hell. I just hope that it gets better, and looking at Hardy’s Pre-Victorian monster mode, I feel it will!