The Night Manager (Episode 2)

Just how do you show the journey from respectable Night Manager to hardened criminal in an hour?  If you watch this episode it’ll surely give you a few ideas.

We start by following Roper and his gang as they have a party on a terrace in Mallorca, Spain (Yes, I am aware it is an island).   From the first episode we know we must hate them but there is a happy, family atmosphere.  There is just enough of an uncomfortable feeling about the group, however.  Events take a rapid turn for the worse when two armed men show up and kidnap Roper’s son.

A quick change of setting informs us that what we have seen us six months into the future.  Now we return to the ‘present’ where Pine meets with Angela (Olivia Colman) who wishes to recruit him.  His response is a rather underwhelming, yes.

To help put him on the next stage, he must steal.  With that over, Pine moves to darkest Dorset where he is masquerading as Jack Lyndon.  For those of you who don’t know where that is, it is a county in the South West of England. For his ‘Legend’ (background in spy parlance) Pine must be a nasty person indeed.  Roper does not follow the rules and neither must Pine.

Sure enough he shakes up the little village he has been living in and scurries off without warning when it gets too hot for him.  Returning to the new present (Mallorca), Pine stops the kidnappers but not without being badly beaten himself.

Yet again we are treated to some impressive performances including a very convincing Dorset woman played by Hannah Steele.  She managed to get the right mix of innocence and shock in her character and I hope she goes on to bigger and better roles.  Olivia Colman takes a bigger part in this episode which is nice to see as she is always watchable.

This episode has progressed the story nicely, moving along at a decent pace, never feeling like you are being dragged along.  Some might argue that his ‘legend’ need not have been shown, but I feel it shows depth to a character.  Motivations are better understood when you know what someone has been through.  You might not agree with the action, but at least you should understand why.