Aiming to fill the Bodyguard-shaped hole in viewers’ lives, new BBC1 drama The Cry – which sees Victoria’s Jenna Coleman as a mother searching for her missing son – left BBC1 audiences feeling a little baffled after its first episode.
And for one reason in particular: the show’s continuous time-hopping. Taking direction from the story’s original book of the same name penned by Helen Fitzgerald, the first instalment jumped between past, present and future.
The interwoven chronology meant in the same episode viewers saw Coleman’s character Joanna begin an extramarital affair with partner Alistair (Ewen Leslie), struggle with postpartum depression and grapple with the disappearance of her son Noah – but not in the correct order.
Don’t understand why people are getting so confused by the flashbacks and flashforwards in #thecry. Fresh faced Jenna, pre baby. Gap year clothes/bags under eyes Jenna, had baby & baby kidnapped. Power wardrobe Jenna with highlights, courtcase some time after!
I genuinely don't understand how so many people couldn't follow the time jumping in #TheCry? I thought it worked great for the sake of keeping certain plot points secret for later episodes, and I just read that the book was structured in the same way. I didn't mind it at all.
…While others were occupied hating Coleman’s unhelpful partner Alistair – especially when he popped in earplugs and put on his eyeshades as Joanna tried to comfort their crying child on the couple’s 30-hour flight to Australia.
That husband would get a swift kick in the nether region if he slept through a 30 hour flight with a newborn #TheCry
Whether you found the series opener too stressful or not, viewers can expect another three episodes of The Cry where hopefully we’ll find out what actually happened to Noah and Joanna. Or just be left seriously confused.
This article was originally published on 1 October 2018