Last night saw the debut episode of new BBC drama Hard Sun, a story from Luther creator Neil Cross that follows a pair of detectives (Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn) as they discover the human race will go extinct in just five years.
And it’s fair to say that opinion online was slightly mixed, with many viewers initially caught off guard by the shocking scenes of violence that opened the episode (where Deyn’s DI Elaine Renko was stabbed and nearly burned to death in her kitchen).
Still, once the story proper began to unfold, things calmed down a bit – and then some viewers began to get VERY confused about what was going on as Renko and her new boss DCI Charlie Hicks (Sturgess) began investigating a murder and visiting secret lovers, while simultaneously trying to find out each others’ secret intentions.
So by the episode’s end, when Hicks and Renko had eluded shadowy government types and discovered the apocalypse was imminent, what was the verdict? To some viewers, the story was just too clichéd, while others didn’t enjoy it for other reasons.
Wow people are so quick to just condemn a show half way through the first episode without even giving it time to introduce the characters, set up the story and bed in a little. At least watch the first epi through #HardSun
(Side note: Chris Pratt seems to be the go-to gif reaction man these days, eh?)
For now, it’s fair to say that Hard Sun is an acquired taste – but for those who love it there’s good news, as the whole series is now available to watch on the BBC iPlayer website. A fact that SOME fans have been quick to pick up on…
just starting the second episode of #HardSun already one of the most interesting dramas i've seen in a long time!
I really enjoyed Hard Sun last night. So much so, I popped straight over to iPlayer and watched the second episode early. It’s great to see another fantastic drama on Saturday night, rather than more reality TV stuff. #HardSun@BBCOne@hardsuntv