So I watched the first episode of Paula this week. I have not really had chance to publish my thoughts about it and I will try and keep these brief.
We were introduced to Paula ( Denise Gough), a quiet chemistry teacher and then later met Handyman James (Tom Hughes). At first looks, he was professional and had charm and handled Paula’s rat problem with ease. Paula was in pursuit from Philip, at PE teacher at the same school. He seemed eager to spend weekends with her behind his wife’s back.
It all seemed normal, but then things got weird and a one night stand became something more sinister and dark.
I saw James’s character change and we saw him in a more violent and stressful light. Not only that, he was acting rather odd and with visions and nightmares, he looked a little unstable. This seemed incredibly evident when he started to investigate into Paula’s life and finally learned about Phillip and their secret one time affair.
He became rather creepy, and it showed no bounds as he blackmailed Philip and lured him to a dark rubbish site, only to kill him with his bare hands.
I have seen many films which have resulted in a one night stand, and nothing this dramatic has come of it.
It was unpredictable and tense. My opinions of these characters went up and down like yoyo – sometimes sympathy for James state and then awe at his audacity to deliver violence. The death of Philip made me shudder and the ghostly girl sighting in James van was chilling.
The director made it very clear in this episode that nothing was as it seems and some problems are skin deep. Paula’s comment of “You could be anyone” after their one night stand was now more relevant.
The opening episode deserves 4 stars, without a doubt!
If you like the Fall or the Replacement, than you will love this!
Stay tuned for the the next of three episodes this Thursday!
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