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Hyde & Seek–Season Finale

I found this season finale interesting as Hyde & Seek‘s future remains to be seen.

The last season finale I saw where the show’s future was uncertain was the third season of Love Child back in August. Love Child‘s finale managed to wrap up the season’s story arcs and establish new ones, in case they were renewed for another season. Hyde & Seek managed to wrap up their major story arc, however they didn’t establish any new ones, which will make season 2 interesting, if there is a second season.

The resolution of Hyde’s car “accident” was given away in the trailers with Hyde & Oscar shown walking away injury free and Sonya being wheeled into the hospital. However I felt that the scenes between Hyde & Oscar in the hospital and Hyde’s emotional reaction were realistic. It was obvious that Hyde & Sonya’s baby would be fine as if it wasn’t, it would take the attention away from the main drama.

On another note, my favourite scene had to be the confrontation between Claudia and Andrew. I could feel the satisfaction in Furness’ character when she finally told Andrew she knew everything and Andrew’s tension when he realised he had been caught. Deborra-Lee Furness and Jeremy Lindsay Taylor are incredible actors and I feel that their acting prowess’ were underused in Hyde & Seek.

In regards to the season finale overall, I felt it was anti-climatic as I thought that Andrew was the perpetrator all along, due to his creepiness factor and unwillingness to co-operate with the squad. However in the finale we were finally shown how cold blooded he is to the core. The surveillance photo itself was scary enough, however we also saw his psychopathic tendencies when Sonya remembered seeing him behind the wheel of the car and at the end when he ambushed Claire and Hyde. Hyde summed up Andrew’s character flawlessly as a coward and I liked how it tied in with the revelation that he knew the bomb of the van that killed Nick was rigged. I’m not a fan of the “fight while the other hostage scrambles to get the other gun” cliche, but I liked that of all people, Claire was the one to kill Andrew. That moment showed off her “spy” kills and it was too much of a given for Hyde to do it.

Overall the finale was good, but not as good as I expected it to be. There wasn’t as much drama as I anticipated and I think should have been and while everything was wrapped up nicely, it was all a little too easy and rushed. That being said, the writing throughout the season has been spectacular and I did enjoy the show overall. I hope it’s renewed for a second season, but in all honesty, if I had to go by the writing of this episode, I don’t think it will be, which is a shame. I hope I’ll be eating my words on this one.

Hyde & Seek–Episode 7

In this episode a huge jigsaw puzzle piece in the mystery was revealed.

We finally got to see more of Claudia in this episode, which I have called for in my previous reviews due to Furness’ acting prowess. I found it interesting that Hyde & Claire chose to meet her at a cemetery to talk about Jackie, even more so when Hyde was defending Jackie.

The mosque and car bombings added well to the overall mystery, but other than that the action was lacking in this episode, however like with episode 5, I believe this episode is meant to be more mentally than physically spectacular. The revelation that the explosives used were the same explosives that killed Nick wasn’t that much of a revelation, it seemed obvious to me that it was going to be the outcome.

The digging into Jackie’s character as a suspect was the highlight of the episode. I didn’t see her as being a former neo-Nazi coming. While it makes her as a character interesting, I do question whether this was added to make her look more like a suspect, as it seems inconsistent to what we have previously seen in her as a character. Then again, that would be the point to throw off the viewer, so I guess I can give it a pass, however it didn’t really fit in seamlessly.

I did enjoy Claire’s effort to find dirt on Jackie, however her almost being caught in the act was really a cliche. The best scene for me was the sort-of interrogation between Hyde and Jackie, to me it didn’t feel like an interrogation as Hyde clearly doesn’t think that Jackie is the perpetrator, and it also shows how far their working relationship has progressed.

I did enjoy the performances of Alexander Bertrand and Harriet Dyer as Danny Tollis and Dakota Matherson respectively. I think they played the role of the stereotypical white supremacists perfectly. On a personal note, I didn’t recognise Harriet Dyer at first as I’m accustomed to seeing her in Love Child and as a Love Child fan, I enjoyed seeing Harriet and Mandy McElhinney working together in what could not be a more different show, but I digress. The reveal of John Debeers and ASIO’s involvement was seamless and I’m looking forward to discovering who the perpetrator is, my money is on Andrew.

At first, I felt Oscar’s health scare didn’t really add to the episode until the last two minutes. I felt a sense of unease when everything came back clear and everyone was happy, I knew a twist had to be thrown in somewhere. Hyde’s car being hit at the end of the episode was a twist I kind of saw coming, that being said it perfectly leads into next week’s season finale.

Overall this episode was an improvement from last week and considering that I’ve found no information on whether there will be a second season, next week’s finale will be interesting.

 

 

 

Hyde & Seek–Episode 6

I feel like this season is supposed to be split into two halves and that this episode is the start of the second half.

This episode explored the aftermath of Malik’s killing. The office celebrates their apparent victory and Hyde & Claire have been told to take time off. Claire’s further exploration on the case based on her gut instinct that someone else is behind it all, leads to her and Hyde travelling to Jakarta. Their interactions with Parisa and Azim subtly showed Hyde’s guilt for shooting a terrorist who was trying to make a better life for his family, which was an interesting paradox. I honestly didn’t see the revelation of Malik being a family man coming, however the road blocks that Hyde and Claire faced in getting their answers and the corruption, I did see coming.

Hyde and Claire’s discovery of corruption from the inside was an obvious outcome, however I enjoyed the fact that it would make the viewers question who the mole might be. Major Hanley seems to be the obvious choice due to him training Malik as a killer, however the obvious choice is usually the red herring. Maru could also be an obvious choice, at least for Claire, as he is always around when something is going on or rather going wrong and he was promoted to an influential job. I thought it might have been Ryan, the soldier in Malik’s unit who was sweet on Tanya, and possibly Andrew due to his knowing about Claire being in Indonesia, however at the moment, Jackie seems to be the main suspect. Clearly this will be the focus of what’s left in the season.

The tension between Gary and Sonya really didn’t add to the episode, other than to reveal that Sonya is pregnant. I’m hoping that the pregnancy will add to the show somehow, otherwise I don’t see the need for it. To further add to the tension, Hyde almost kisses Claire after getting drunk with her, which I personally didn’t like as it’s a cliche. This is a crime show, they should stick to the crime. However it was nice to see Hyde and Claire display their humorous side, even if they were drunk at the time.

While I did enjoy seeing Deborra-Lee Furness again, she is clearly being underused which is quite disappointing considering how much of a brilliant actress she is. Hopefully her character is more influential in the remaining episodes.

Considering the action and drama of the previous episode, I felt that this episode was very bland, hopefully there will be improvement in the remaining episodes.

 

Hyde & Seek–Episode 5

This episode was spectacular–mentally spectacular as opposed to physically spectacular.

The episode mainly revolved around the bus hijacking. I wonder how people would have felt about the episode–the plot fits perfectly in the Hyde & Seek world, but it might have hit too close to home in the real word (i.e the Sydney Siege).

Joel Jackson’s performance was brilliant, a far cry from his Peter Allen portrayal a few years back. He perfectly balanced out the different aspects of Lachlan’s personality from the crazed would-be terrorist, to the regretful soldier. It was obvious that Claire was both going to be caught out and not killed off, however I was interested to see how it would play out for her. The performances of the actors playing the other hostages were also spectacular and realistic, especially that of the rogue hostage who gets stabbed (by the way the hostage trying to be a hero is such a cliche, I understand why it was done, but still…cliche!).

It was good to have the Asia Pacific Securities Forum going on in the background to up the dramatic stakes both for Lachlan and Malik. I didn’t see the connection between Lachlan and Malik coming, however the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I also like the writers’ choice to have Hyde ultimately confront Malik there and kill him. The location was fitting, however I felt that the confrontation itself was anti-climactic. I think this was due to the fact that the bus scenes were so intense, if the Hyde-Malik confrontation dragged out, it would be too much for the viewers to handle.

I liked that the episode started and ended with Angie’s paranoia and grief, especially as she was noticeably absent in the last episode. On another note, I liked that Deborra-Lee Furness’ character, Claudia, was finally introduced. Her appearances were too brief for my liking and I hope I see more of her.

The ending of the episode with Claire clearly pointing out that there was more to it all than Malik, was perfect as it provides the springboard for the remaining episodes….and it was exactly what I was thinking, it was all way too easy.

Hyde & Seek–Episode 4

This episode to me felt like a filler.

This episode was all about getting closer to finding Malik, only to be constantly thrown red herrings. Bassam was a big red herring in his subplot as he wasn’t the biggest problem, his girlfriend was. I felt this subplot was sending mixed messages, trying to tell the viewers to be open minded one minute and suspect Muslims for terrorism the next and I didn’t like it, pick one message and stick with it. I question whether this was a comment on Australian society towards Muslims. I could see Rana playing the police a mile off as there were too little characters in this subplot for the perpetrator to be anyone else.

I liked the choice by the writers to have Sonya be directly involved in Hyde’s case. Usually with major characters in crime shows, their family lives are usually separate and make work a lot harder, but rarely intercept. When they do, it can go either way, with Sonya and Gary, it went down the road of being tension-filled and adding drama. I question the writers’ choice to create a tension between Sonya and Claire as if they are love interests towards Gary. This is a thriller/crime show, this kind of cliche story line doesn’t do the show any favours, make it stick to crime.

I liked the writers’ choice to have the subtle theme of fatherhood present throughout the episode with brief scenes of Hyde’s family and Mr Karim’s reaction to Bassam’s actions.

I felt that the character of shock jock Mikey was cliche, his choice to broadcast from his hospital bed wasn’t surprising, however we didn’t learn of his fate after his surgery and I don’t understand why the writers chose to leave him as a loose end. However I liked the broadcast as a motif to keep the episode moving forward.

I liked the choice by the writers to have Malik’s identity finally revealed, but for Malik himself yet to be found. It rewards the viewers but also keeps them on their toes, which is what any good story, TV show or otherwise, is supposed to do.

 

Hyde & Seek–Episode 3

This episode for me revolved around the theme of things not appearing as they seem.

You could argue this is what the whole show is about as it is a crime/thriller, but with this episode it was more noticeable. Claire appears to be a pen pusher but turns out to be a former spy, Aaron appears to be a heartless rich criminal funding terrorism but turns out to be from a country that has a death sentence for being who he is, and Dale appears to be an accomplice to terrorism but is in fact a paedophile.

The episode gets off to a thrilling start with Gary and Kevin watching and then pursuing a suspect in their case. To have the episode start off with a suspect trying to set a car alight, then to chase him where he is obviously going to commit to suicide, this puts the questions in the viewers’ minds of who is he and what is he up to. We never find out from him due to his choice to commit suicide. I didn’t know how I felt about the director’s choice of camera angles from the suspect’s perspective as he is committing suicide. I haven’t seen this before and I know the reason why–as it can be a trigger for those who have tried or have lost loved ones to suicide–however because of this reason it is a unique choice, as disturbing as it is.

The writers choices in regards to the next few jigsaw pieces are interesting. I found it interesting for the writers’ to have gold being used for funding and to have Aaron and Dale being blackmailed into being co-conspirators to terrorism. This choice shows the viewer that while terrorism is reprehensible and inexcusable, it is not always black and white, or at least the people behind it aren’t.

The brief scene between Sonya and Angela where Angela is “blaming” Muslims for Nick’s death and Sonya trying to talk some sense into her was interesting. I think it’s a representation of how split Australian society is at the moment in regards to Muslims in Australia. I also liked the subtle way in which the scene led into the complications with Angela’s pregnancy.

I also liked the writers’ choice to progress the working relationships between Claire, Hyde, the Sydney Police, and the AFP. They all seem to be friendlier and more co-operative now, which enables the story to progress seamlessly. However I also like the contrast between the progression of the AFP’s working relationship with the Sydney Police and their difficulties with ASIO.

My favourite moments of the episode were Claire’s actions towards Dale and the revelations of her background. Emma Hamilton’s facial expressions and torturous threats were convincing and it adds dimensions to Claire’s character. I also like the writers choice to have these kind of revelations alternate the spotlight between her and Hyde.

The ending of the episode was anti-climatic with the t’s and i’s crossed and dotted, however the intense but successful birth of Angela and Nick’s son was sweet. I’m looking forward to seeing how Hyde’s godson’s birth motivates him further to purse Nick’s killer/s.

 

 

Hyde & Seek–Episode 2

This episode wasn’t as action packed as last week’s, in fact I’d describe as being more about brains than brawn.

This episode picks up where the last episode left off, with Hyde and Claire taking Jamil into the police station for questioning. I liked the contrast between Hyde’s and Claire’s methods of interrogation, with the latter actually getting answers with her calm approach. In the meantime, Jackie and the AFP discover that one of their marksmen was killed, by who is revealed to be the unknown fourth terrorist, in the same way as Erik Hansen.

Hyde and Claire are eventually led to a New Zealand Internal Affairs officer, Jenna, who issued two passports for Erik and Linda Hansen in different names. This takes them to Hong Kong as Jenna now lives there with her children. I liked the writers choice to move the story to a different location to advance the plot, especially as the landscape of Sydney was used as a transitional device in last week’s episode. Claire’s skills were highlighted well in these scenes, with her idea to catch Jenna off guard to get answers from her and her steely looks showing that she means business. Claire is clearly a badarse in her own way and I like the writers choice to highlight this in contrast to Hyde constantly having the control.

The outcome of Jenna being murdered was obvious, another complication is needed to carry the plot forward, however another piece of the jigsaw is added when numbers leading to her list are found. I also liked the subtle way that the writers showed Claire’s guilt over Jenna’s death by having her pick up Jenna’s kids. When Claire returns to New Zealand she questions her boss’ motives in the same way that Hyde questioned her, which is showing the affects he is having on her.

Like with last week’s episode, Hyde’s personal life is subtly interweaved throughout the episode, this week it was all about Nick’s funeral. It was the best choice to have the funeral scenes be brief and concise, it showed Hyde’s sadness over losing his friend and his motivation to pursue the homicide/terrorism investigation.

After the AFP has been interrogating Jamil all night only stopping short of using a well-known torture method, which again highlights the contrasts between them and Hyde, Linda gives a description of the unknown fourth terrorist, Malik. Vanessa Moltzen’s facial expressions perfectly shows that Linda is hiding or possibly up to something, especially with some of the evidence pointing to her and nearly being killed.

At the end of the episode, the AFP extended an olive branch of sorts to Hyde, by offering him the chance to be a part of their Special Immigration Task Force to take their next step in the investigation–finding Malik. I feel that Hyde’s relationship with the AFP is improving, although it mainly feels like a bit of a tug of war, with them working well together one minute and being against each other the next. This was an interesting choice by the writers and I’m looking forward to seeing the relationship developed further.

I like the endings of the episodes so far, last week’s ended on a cliffhanger and this episode ended with another jigsaw puzzle piece being revealed with Malik’s sketch shown. I like this choice by the writers as it enables one episode to seamlessly transition to the next.

Overall this episode wasn’t as thrilling as last week’s, however it was necessary as it provides balance to the series as a whole. Episodes focusing on the background of the plot rather than the foreground action, adds layers to the story.