Created By: Paul Abbott
Starring: Chloë Sevigny, Karla Crome, Reece Noi, Jordan Bennie, Peter Wight and Jonas Armstrong
Synopsis:HIT AND MISS, from Paul Abbott, creator of Shameless and State of Play, is a high concept and ambitious new series that follows Chloë Sevigny as Mia, a contract killer with a secret: she’s a transgender woman. Mia’s life is sent into a tailspin when she receives a letter from an ex-girlfriend dying from cancer revealing that Mia fathered a son eleven years ago. Faced with a difficult decision, Mia becomes the guardian to a new family forcing her to mix her killer instincts with her newly developing maternal instincts. HIT AND MISS tells the story of a lethal killer at the heart of a troubled family and how all of their lives will be dramatically changed forever.
How no one is mentioning Chloë Sevigny’s name in any best actress on TV races is a mystery to me because as the pre-op transsexual assassin Mia, Sevigny has given a raw and powerful performance that grabs your attention as a viewer and never lets go. This is a role that could have been so badly overdone but in Sevigny’s hands Mia is such a three dimensional character that you want to like and see overcome her demons (and she has lots…many of which are far more prevalent than her gender identity issues) despite the fact that she is a coldblooded killer and also a bit of a sociopath. All of these facets of Mia’s personality are there in Sevigny’s fearless performance.
The show’s creator Paul Abbot (the mind behind both the UK and US versions of SHAMELESS) does a great job of keeping this show grounded and never lets it veer off into camp territory which could have very easily happened with such a high minded concept. Sure there are moments of humor, mostly from the younger children, but the bulk of this show is very serious in execution and subject matter.
The supporting characters are great too especially Paul Wight as Mia’s seemingly kindly employer and Jonas Armstrong as Ben, Mia’s boyfriend. Armstrong vividly portrays the confusion that Ben is going through as he tries to deal with his conflicting feelings for Mia and his own heterosexuality.
My God were those older children annoying especially Karla Crome’s Riley. There were points in the show where I reallywanted Mia to just bring her work home and clear out that house of all disrespectful and annoying brats.
I also think the show made a misstep in the way it handled the story for what had basically been the primary villain of the show. There was much more potential to still be mined from the character if the show had gone a different route.
Well there sure was a lot of THIS going on.
Best Episode: Episode One
This episode introduces all of the primary characters and gives a glimpse into Mia personal and professional life. It also is the introduction of Mia into the lives of the four kids and the culture shock that came along with it.
We also got to see that while Mia may look like a lady she can still kick butt when need be and she doesn’t need a gun to protect herself.
Worst Episode: Episode Six
The introduction of Mia’s mother and brother and the emotional tailspin that it sends Mia in just seemed like an added wrinkle that came out of nowhere and could have been delayed till the next season especially since there was already so much stuff going on that could have benefited from more air time. That being said the cliffhanger ending was really good and has me anxiously awaiting Season Two.
Final Verdict: An original, gritty and shocking series that alternates between thriller and family drama thanks to a wonderful lead performance by Chloë Sevigny and the deft hand of creator Paul Abbott. Worth a look for anyone who likes great dramatic television.