Synopsis: To protect the population from a virus sweeping the country a totalitarian government has imposed a curfew. But racers compete in an illegal road race to win the ultimate prize – sanctuary.
Review: This opening episode of Curfew introduces us to a world where people are confined to their homes after 7 pm due to a deadly virus, which has turned human beings into mindless nocturnal creatures.
This opening episode kicks off by introducing us to Ambulance driver Kaye who is driving through London to make her way home before the Curfew. We then move to the next day where Kaye is tending to her sick mother who has been afflicted with the virus, which Kaye is secretly trying to find a cure for.
We are then introduced to Michael and his girlfriend who are test driving a sports car, which they intend to enter into the race, but things go wrong when the police give chase and they are forced to ditch the car. Later they connect with Kaye and persuade her to let them use her ambulance in the race by telling her that there is potential to cure the virus on the island sanctuary, which is the goal of the race.
We also get introduced to the Donahues family who are entering the race for rather ambiguous reasons. They are fearful that the authorities will take their son. But it isn’t explained why this is. It is through the Donahue clan that we learn of the reason that people are trying to escape when one of the creatures attacks and kills their father who is played brilliantly by Adrian Lester.
This opening episode concludes as the race is about to begin.
Phoebe Fox puts in a great performance as Kaye who is initially disapproving of the race for reasons, which we learn during the episode.
We also get a wonderfully roguish performance from Sean Bean who is a mechanic with a sideline in selling people equipment and such for the race, but due to his girlfriend being pregnant. He has decided to up sticks and enter the race himself.
Aside from a few pacing problems and the slow way in which we are introduced to the characters. This opening episode does a solid job of setting the world that these characters live in. We get a few flashback sequences involving Kaye, her mother, and Michael, which I think may tell some of the backstories with regards to the virus, but the initial ones that we see in this episode concern how Kaye and Michael met and some of the history.
The Donahue family also get a pretty good introduction thanks to Adrian Lester’s role in setting things up.
I’m invested enough to see how this is going to develop, but more action, please.
- Incidental Music9.6