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  1. #1
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    Hunted on HBO Canada (BBC and Cinemax)

    Currently airing on the BBC, Hunted certainly features many running scenes (mostly frantic, some training) and makes use of too many different coloured filters to keep track of (green, gold, grey, steel blue and so on and so on).

    This pilot episode hits the viewer over the head with all of its style, but still manages to have enough substance to keep things from getting too boring ... although it comes close a few times.

    I'm a Melissa George fan, so I'll watch every episode, just like I watch every Wallander movie (K. Branaugh), even though some of them slow to a crawl and almost lull me to sleep (in a good way).

    Although Hunted's first episode had several entertaining moments, I still will need to watch at least another two episodes (about the time it then airs in North America) to figure out if I'm watching this series because I truly like it, or just because I like watching Melissa George. Either way, I'm glad she's back on the boob tube.

    Hunted pilot episode
    Overall Grade: 7/10
    Style Points Alone: 8/10

    http://www.hbocanada.com/hunted/schedule.php
    [Hunted on HBO Canada]
    Last edited by PokerFace; 10-10-2012 at 01:50 AM. Reason: added link

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    I'm not usually a fan of this genre but i have been watching strikeback season 2 and it's great .Adrenaline constancy . I will give hunted a shot .
    Strikeback open credits and theme music is also wonderful

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    Strike Back's S2 and S3 episodes are of course leaps and bounds better than Hunted's pilot episode.

    Hunted is an entirely different kettle of fish (more slow-burn suspense, mixed with some action) and has very little in common with Strike Back,so you may doze off before Hunted's pilot episode ends.

    I've seen all of the Project Dawn episodes, but was surprised to see how much better it got with each additional episode.

    I'm stockpiling all of the S3 epsiodes, but from the scenes I've already peaked at, S3 looks just as good as S2 (yes, it even has the sex/nudity scattered throughout the epsiodes).

    Extra Note: Season 1 (UK) of Strike Back is on Youtube with annoying foreign subtitles and in ugly, full-screen format (I haven't watched them yet, since S2 is considered to be S1 in North America). I think the better quality YouTube version needs proof of age to view.

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    I started watching season 2 but didn't have a pvr at the time and don't tend to download/stream much . Season 3 was a treat, the two male leads are excellent as is Rhona Mitra and Charles Dance makes a wonderful turn and the rest of the cast and guest stars are well played .Forgot Vincent Regan, also very good .

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    Icon7 Melissa George is the Queen of the cancelled TV series, but she'll be back!

    Even though I've still only seen the first episode of Hunted, I'm now fascinated by Melissa George. There's so much more to her than meets the eye. She's an inventor and now makes more money from her recent patent than from all her acting gigs combined. Keep in mind that Melissa George was already jokingly referred to as the richest non-working actress in Hollywood because all of her early pilots would get cancelled, but she'd still get paid. She was even asked by Simon Cowell to come to America and become a pop star, even though she told him that she couldn't sing to save her life. I watched her roller skate (apparently she's some kind of champ at that too) on youtube (The Jonathan Ross Show) and demonstrate her clip invention.

    As for Hunted, the BBC cancelled it due to dwindling ratings (but Cinemax is thinking about bringing it back with Melissa George, but with a different slant and new title).

    I got a kick out of reading the British comments trashing the series in various forums, and also how the BBC edited out some of the nudity, including her topless scene near the very beginning of the first episode, which I didn't know about until I streamed the Cinemax version today. There are also a few extra seconds of nudity in the second episode that aired on Cinemax (and I assume on HBO Canada) that were also cut out in the BBC version (prolonged topless scene and perhaps even more). Needless to say, I of course quickly downloaded the rest of the Cinemax versions (except for the final two Cinemax episodes which have yet to air), so as to be able to keep abreast of all the comings and goings of what is apparently a far too complicated plot to follow.

    So, even though the BBC version of episode 2 that I peeked at, had some of the nudity that the Cinemax version had, it was still an edited version, designed for the partial OTA TV viewing audience in the UK.

    Even though Hunted airs at 9 pm in the UK (a time when nudity is allowed), the Brits still have to be careful to not offend its citizens with too much free sex. There was a big uproar when some extra skin was shown in one of the Sherlock TV movies that aired over there BEFORE the 9pm watershed hour (safe zone for more "adult" content). It was harmless stuff, but many of the Brits watching, worried about the children seeing such "trashy" content.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz...ed-scenes.html
    [Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Prudish Brits]

    Once the Brits realized what was going on with the edited nudity in the BBC version of Hunted, the remaining viewers of an all ready confused and bored audience (one guy called the show "The Bored Identity") ignored the BBC version and either watched the Cinemax version via the Internet, or quit watching the series altogether.

    http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/frank-sp...files-and-more
    [Hunted is set to be reincarnated by Cinemax, after being tossed by the BBC]

    http://www.recapped.com/melissa-george-in-hunted-mort
    [Warning: Melissa George undressed]

    http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showt...704872&page=15
    [The Brits chime in on Hunted, and gladly provide a link with more naked pics of the best pouter in the business.]
    Warning: I'm not playing with a full deck.

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    I've watched three episodes now . Private violence versus government violence . Some pretty brutal scenes .
    Spoiler . The scene of the main protagonist and her mother being killed reminded me of Beauty and the Beast series premiere . Guess that will play a big role in how the series plays out .

 

 

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