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The Rook

Season 1


The Rook The Rook [Season 1, Episode 1]
Shown 30th June 2019 [Sunday]

A young woman wakes up in London with amnesia, surrounded by dead bodies. Like Arnie in Total Recall (1991) , she books into a cheap motel and starts going through messages she left for herself earlier. This includes a pair of colour-coded keys to bank deposit boxes. In a blatant reference to The Matrix (1999) , the blue key is blissful ignorance while the red key is the call to adventure.

Lady Linda Farrier ( Joely Richardson ) is in charge of the investigation, as well as the cover-up. She sends her sidekick, Conrad Grantchester (Adrian Lester - Doomsday ) to collect American liaison officer Monica Reed ( Olivia Munn ).

The protagonist is telekinetic, and works for a secret branch of British Intelligence. Her cow-orkers are also super-powered individuals. One of them is the mole who was behind the attack that left her with amnesia. Can she catch them before they strike again?

The Rook The Rook [Season 1, Episode 2]
Shown 7th July 2019 [Sunday]

This starts with a flashback to 2004, when the protagonist first discoverd her super-power. This is a pale shadow of Gwen Raiden's backstory scene in Angel: Season 4 .

In the main storyline, the protagonist attends a briefing. The secret agents refer to super-powered people with the term EVA. Science Fiction fans know this as shorthand for extra-vehicular activity, which regular people refer to as a spacewalk. However, in this show it means Extreme Variable Ability. The superpowered people are meant to be extreme humans, like in Mutant X .

Conrad Grantchester (Adrian Lester - Doomsday ) conducts an investigation. American liaison officer Monica Reed ( Olivia Munn ) also investigates, but is careful to keep the Brits out of the loop.

The Rook The Rook [Season 1, Episode 3]
Shown 14th July 2019 [Sunday]

The villains are still after the protagonist. One of them is the man who came back from the dead. He is lucky that the pathologist left his autopsy until tomorrow. She is lucky she has the Gestalt siblings to run interference for her. On a related note, we finally discover which one of them she hooked up with. Out of three males and one female ... it was the female. Is this fan-service to lesbians or to the male gaze?

The villains seem to have a detailed file on the protagonist. They even know thing about her that are redacted on her official British Intelligence file. This is strange, since if the knew what she was capable of then they would not have gotten eight of their people killed in one go. However, she does start digging into her own background.

American liaison officer Monica Reed ( Olivia Munn ) has her own sub-plot, where she infiltrates the buyers network of the super-human-trafficking world.

The Rook The Rook [Season 1, Episode 4]
Shown 21st July 2019 [Sunday]

The Rook The Rook [Season 1, Episode 5]
Shown 28th July 2019 [Sunday]

The Rook The Rook [Season 1, Episode 6]
Shown 4th August 2019 [Sunday]

The Rook The Rook [Season 1, Episode 7]
Shown 11th August 2019 [Sunday]

The Rook The Rook [Season 1, Episode 8]
Shown 18th August 2019 [Sunday]

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The Rook

The Rook The Rook [Season 1 , Episode 1 ]
Shown th July 2019 [Sunday]

Reviewed in our special supplement The Rook

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