Suspicion — Episode 8, Unmasked Review

Final Episode & Overall Season Review

A warning that I assume you have seen all of the episodes up to this point, if not, probably don’t read ahead. As far as possible I will attempt to avoid spoilers.

So last time out we witnessed Natalie Thompson, Georgina Campbell (“ Black Mirror (TV)”, “Broadchurch (TV)”), shooting Martin Copeland, Robert Glenister (“ Curfew (TV) “, “Close to the Enemy (TV)”).

This, as you might expect, spooks Sean Tilson, Elyes Gabel (“Scorpion (TV)”, “Spooks: The Greater Good”), who grabs a back pack and leaves the hotel, letting off a smoke canister which, in turn, sets off the fire alarm in the hotel.

Around the USA the hackers are showing live coverage of Leo Newman, Gerran Howell (“ 1917”, “Catch-22 (TV)”), tied to a chair with a gun to his head and a countdown telling his mother Katherine Newman, Uma Thurman (“Imposters (TV)”, “ Down a Dark Hall “), to tell the truth.

Tara, Elizabeth Henstridge (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV)”, “Wolves at the Door”), suddenly steps up and leads Aadesh Chopra, Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory (TV)”, “Trolls World Tour”), Nat, and Eddie Walker, Tom Rhys Harries (“White Lines (TV)”, “ The Gentlemen “), out of the hotel and into One Time Square.

Back in the UK meanwhile and Eric Creswell, Karl Johnson (“ The Death of Stalin “, “Mum (TV)”), is being interviewed by Vanessa Okoye, Angel Coulby (“Innocent (TV)”, “Thunderbirds Are Go (TV)”), and Scott Anderson, Noah Emmerich (“The Truman Show”, “The Walking Dead (TV)”), but he’s not saying much, coming across as a doddery old man.

He talks cryptically, “I knew they’d come” and talks in riddles. Meanwhile the gang are suddenly joined in Times Square by the kidnappers and all begins to be revealed.

Without, hopefully, giving too much away, we find out there are family ties, rebellious children and some unanswered questions that are, frankly, never answered.

This episode deals with the whole reasoning around why those who did what they did, did it. Personally, I found the whole reasoning quite weak and the link between certain people, whilst believable, doesn’t answer why others got involved in the whole thing.

Overall, Suspicion feels like a lot of other UK crime dramas we have had recently and that have gone before. It’s not better than any of those or worse than any of them, it’s about on par, just happens to have some very good actors in it.

Obviously Uma Thurman more than holds her own, that she can act is not in question. Kunal Nayyar has impressed me throughout, perhaps his characters arc dipped somewhat towards the end, which was a shame, but I’ve loved watching him throughout.

Emmerich and Coulby have been fun, bouncing off each other, getting to like each other, eventually, whilst the rest of the gang have dipped in and out as they’ve been needed to progress the story.

Suspicion has been ok for a season, I’ve no idea if more are planned, but it wouldn’t be for me to invest further in them, it’s too similar to other dramas we have in the UK.

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