Episode 16 looks at the 2018 BBC series Killing Eve. Based on the Novella: Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings,Developed for TV by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Staring Sandra Oh as Eve and Jodie Comer as Villanelle.
Jia Tolentino acknowledged in The New Yorker how critics have noted that women characters are substituted for men “in every meaningful part”, that the men are “formulaic” but the women are “deeply strange”. However, Tolentino asserted that Killing Eve “isn’t shaped around the concept of women; it’s shaped around these women, who are unlike any others in their wild, unlikely interior weirdness and flux”. She added that a defining feature of the show is its “constant reversals in tone and rhythm”, with the show’s thrill coming “from pattern rather than resolution”.
Hannah Giorgis wrote in The Atlantic that the show’s greatest success is “how alluring it makes its villain: to both Eve … and audiences”, and that Villanelle’s character subverts feminine stereotypes so as to “carve a jagged space into the serial-killer canon“.
Time magazine and The Guardian chose Killing Eve as its #1 show of 2018