Synopsis: In Rome, Lady Alex helps Hooten search for the Sibylline Books but quickly ends up scaling the Sistine Chapel, battling an alligator and clashing with the Mafia.
Review: In this second episode the action hits Rome when Hooten is tasked with finding the Sibylline Books by a Nun friend of his.
The task being to big for him to go alone. He enlists the help of Lady Alex who is getting ready to get married. But for this book her wedding will have to wait.
As like last week. The action beats are really fun to watch and the chemistry between the two principal cast members is pretty solid. As are the character beats.
The addition of Jane Seymour as Lady Alex’s mother added a little more gravitas to the episode, but ultimately the story was a little bit of a let down in as far as we didn’t really get enough mythology surrounding this book that they were after. In fact the episode seemed to lurch more towards the action than it did the mythology of the artefact that our heroes were after, which for me felt like a bit of a let down.
The location work in Rome was breathtaking and I particularly enjoyed the scene in the Sistine Chapel, which I think were quite possibly done with CGI given that I hugely doubt you could get that close up to Michael Angelo’s masterwork.
The scene with the alligator is what likely got the most laughs as both characters used it as an opportunity for their banter.
As far as story and mythology in terms of the artefact and such. This was a big let down, which was only made up for by some solid acting, character beats and some fantastic location work in Rome.
Hopefully next weeks episode lifts its game a little bit. This second outing was disappointing and didn’t really live up to the promise that was shown in the series opener.
- Incidental Music8.5