The first season of Slow Horseswith Gary Oldman, shined for being a story according to what is assumed: an efficient series on espionage. Its added value was in offering a series of interesting characters that give color to the story. They are the ones who, beyond the tension of each case, give volume and rhythm to the story. Its second season is true to this and it doesn’t have to be bad news.
Slow Horses It can be understood as a huge game of chess. Each force moves its pieces in an environment in which, at times, it is not clear if they defend the interests of the organization for which they work or are acting out of personal care. When the lives of others are involved in this, it is not a minor thing.
Let’s remember: Slow Horses tells the story of a group of agents who are part of a department of the British intelligence service, MI5. What is the peculiarity of this group? They made mistakes that led them to be separated, isolated, within the organization. Some of them seek redemption, while others are at peace with the fate that has been theirs or has been built.
The second season of Slow Horses goes at the same pace as the first, fueling an interesting plot and giving more scope to a series of very attractive characters. Gary Oldman leads this group of spies in a production that, due to various circumstances, has moments that are as strange as they are integrating and funny, without ceasing to be a formal series. Among its values, its attractive performances and framings stand out during the six chapters that make it up, within the Apple TV + platform.
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What Sherlock Holmes
As the crow flies, one might think that Slow Horses this influenced by mythology Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic. How not? It is part of those references that cross British culture. He may be so ingrained in her that he may evoke himself without this implying a surprising act. What happens in relation to this series of Apple TV +? It’s more than just an influence.
Slow Horsesdue to its humor and intrigue, is a tribute to Sherlock Holmes. An updated one in many ways, of course; but that refresh It does not detract from any merit. In that quest, Jackson Lamb, played by Gary Oldman, is the piece that makes it all work. His decisions and his way of being, marked by a dark humor, are the clues on which the story progresses. Again.
The actor, established beyond the good and evil of the industry, feels comfortable in this role. This sensation is such that the viewer, at some point, could imagine that he is enjoying it, which Gary Oldman really enjoyed during the recording of the second season of Slow Horses.
His pragmatism, arrogance and indifference, in not a few cases, invite laughter and become fond of a character whom perhaps we shouldn’t trust and, nevertheless, we do. That feeling of certainty accompanies the whole story: although there are sections in which it seems to decline, the idea prevails that everything will end well.
much more than humor
The death of a character close to the group activates a chain of events that will lead to the hunting of others. Espionage, in this case, becomes a personal matter. There are a series of forces in motion, pieces on the chessboard, that conceal their ends from the viewer for a good part of the second season of Slow Horses.
As this group of spies is dysfunctional, with opposite personalities and a broken past in many ways, almost everything that happens with them becomes relevant. Jackson Lamb exists not only as that figure able to sink everything in humor, with a series of measures that could be questionable in terms of group management. However, he is also the one who best understands the game.
When you have Gary Oldman in a cast, it is normal that he is the one who has the greatest weight in the story. However, in the first and second season of Slow Horses care is taken that this does not overload the screen. For this reason, River Cartwright, played by Jack Lowden, continues to grow in relation to the first season; while Jonathan Pryce, another superstar in the cast and who plays River’s father, also has notable interventions without the need for this to work as a distraction.
Slow Horses It does not cease to be, at any time, a series about spies that drinks from the mythology of Sherlock Holmesto embrace British humor and tone, with some lines that evoke stories like true detective (without getting too close). It may not be the most commented aspect in relation to this production, but it is still relevant that the series offers dynamic, even risky, frames to add another value to a solid production.
Slow Horses It has six chapters and is available on Apple TV+ starting this December 2.