If this had been an ode to the city as opposed to a drama I may have more positive things to say.
I was really desperate to like this series. In fact it has all of the ingredients to make it not only a success, but also utterly my cup of tea. Sadly however; after the initial pleasure of seeing our much beloved city, my excitement soon became marred by what can only be described as questionable acting.
With the likes of Samuel West and Tobias Menzies, this should not have been the case. Both are great actors yet seemed somehow lost amidst the secondary actors, and at times even the extras. The script also left me cold and at points I sadly found myself cringing.
Now, this isn’t to say I am not going to watch it again. There were elements of humour in the script and story lines that caught my interest sufficiently to warrant further attention. It also needs noting that many programs suffer with the pilot episode; trying to build characters, plot lines and relationships all within an hour can often cause the initial episode to be slightly lacking in story. Therefore I will give it another shot.
On the plus side York also looked beautiful, the size of the city made a perfect backdrop and the use of its iconic buildings lent themselves beautifully to the film set. The sweeping views, higgledy-piggldy alley ways and neo classical elements of our architecture all made for an aesthetically pleasing set. The quietness of the streets however did at times make for a disconcerting feel and the filming seemed isolated and lacking in atmosphere. This may have been an intentional construct to highlight the alienation of the angels; I suppose I can only decide once I have seen more episodes.
All in all I am left feeling slightly cold by what I just saw and really do hope that the series picks up.
If you too have just watched the first episode of Eternal Law then let us know your thoughts.