Taboo (S01E08): “Episode Eight”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Taboo’s season finale is an exciting and often cathartic end to the first season. The nature of the show’s narrative and dark main character left the outcome in doubt and it is a pleasant surprise to see something of a “happy” ending. As Delaney (Tom Hardy) escapes the British with yet another…

Taboo (S01E07): “Episode Seven”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Satisfaction. That is the best word to describe Taboo’s seventh episode. In quick succession, we get several revelations about James Delaney’s (Tom Hardy) past. While these reveals are not earth shattering (Regular viewers probably guessed them long ago), it allows the episode to careen forward at an entertaining pace. Delaney still manages…

Taboo (S01E06): “Episode Six”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS James Delaney (Tom Hardy) has been nearly invincible in Taboo. The few setbacks he has suffered were either part of his plan or quickly resolved. But “Episode Six” seems to be the beginning of the end for Delaney as the East India Company and Sir Strange (Jonathan Pryce) finally got an advantage….

Taboo (S01E05): “Episode Five”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS The duel between Thorne (Jefferson Hall) and Delaney (Tom Hardy) kicks off the Fifth Episode of Taboo and it takes a surprising turn. Thorne’s second is an East India Company saboteur and tries to get him killed. Delaney saves the insecure man, satisfied that knowing the Company tried to kill him is…

Taboo: (S01E04) “Episode Four”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Taboo’s fourth episode is possibly the most cohesive episode so far as nearly every plot point came together for a pretty satisfying pay off. There’s a heist, an awesomely weird character is introduced and an interestingly playful relationship developed between Delaney (Tom Hardy) and Lorna (Jessie Buckley). Even the “romantic” subplot that I…

Taboo (S01E03): “Episode Three”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Taboo continues to mix outstanding visual storytelling with great acting in its dark tale of vengeance. We get an expertly executed personal reveal for Delaney (Tom Hardy) as he recovers from an assassin’s attack. At the same time, a subplot is now more of a distraction. Which is unfortunate because that subplot…

Taboo (S01E02): “Episode Two”

Taboo’s second episode manages to reveal more while also becoming more complicated. Tom Hardy once again carries the show on his charismatic shoulders as some interesting wrinkles are showing in his carefully crafted tapestry of revenge. However, the episode suffered from some pacing issues and felt overlong as it over explained itself. Delaney’s plans begin…

Taboo (S01E01): “Shovels and Keys”

FX’s latest series Taboo has some impressive star power behind it. Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy not only grab your attention, they also hold the promise of darkly compelling stories in sinister worlds. Taboo’s advertising campaign has been somewhat enigmatic and enticing mystery surrounds the premiere. Taboo’s first episode, Shovels and Keys, teases a wonderfully…