So let’s start with the positives. I love the look of the show, and there are two main characters so far, both of whom are great. The show does start with a bang, or actually several bangs, as our heroes work to rescue a young girl who is in the midst of being kidnapped. I liked those scenes a lot, even if they had to dive a little into steampunk with the motor car. Nick Frost has a good turn, and the bad guys are intriguing.
Well, that was about it for me for positives. For neutrals, let’s just admit that we’re going to have to ignore all the shit that came out about Joss Whedon, otherwise the female empowerment narrative that underpins the story is just going to feel like a joke. But he left the show, so I can live with that.
And then, the negatives. A lot of it is actually classic Whedon – too many characters introduced too quickly, too much abandonment of narrative for one-liners and good scenes, and a sprawling plot that needs to come together in the next couple of episodes. After that first good set piece, it’s a long time before things start to move again, there’s so much character intro & luxuriating in lovely London.
Also, and this is a little weirder, demographically this feels like it could be a YA show, but it does have plenty of sex and nudity (as HBO likes), so I’m not that sure who it’s aimed at. Young 20s as a main demographic I guess, but it seems like a strange choice.
I’ll give this at least two more episodes, but I would score of the first one about a 6 out of 10.