When Renko and Hicks break into a boarded-up old mansion in one episode, they encounter grinning, lobotomized adults with red eyes wearing identical white nightdresses and moving like Kayako Saeki. Hard Sun — from Luther creator Neil Cross, stars Jim Sturgess Across the Universe and Agyness Deyn Clash of the Titans as police officers investigating a case. Brian Kirk Game of Thrones, is the lead director with Hugh Warren Thirteen producing. Plus, the apocalyptic backstory is going to be a fascinating one to see played out. Should they, you know, tell anyone? Or course, given the right execution, a drama shot through with pessimism and concerned a with quest for survival can be exhilarating and worthwhile. Nor do the personalities of the criminals, the shadowy spies chasing Renko and Hicks, or various supporting characters stand out in any sustained way.
So assiduously does it avoid humor — well, it's a serious subject, the end of humanity — that one turns to less conflicted supporting characters for a few crumbs of jovial behavior. Because the British government is desperate to keep that information secret, Security Service i. All of that being said it does take a couple of episodes to get the audience hooked. Scientists, meanwhile, project a less hospitable planet, and many of us don't believe them, and most who do can't be persuaded to trade immediate convenience for long-term good. Hard Sun comes from Neil Cross, creator of Luther. So check out the interview above, and Part 2 below, then let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Writer Neil Cross has since expressed his wish to continue the series beyond its first run, claiming he has sketched out a potential five-year story arc. Hulu's new sci-fi drama is a hybrid series where crime thriller meets science fiction in a pre-apocalyptic London. Like Hard Sun on Facebook at Follow Hard Sun on Twitter at Follow Hard Sun on Instagram at Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn play detectives Robert Hicks and Elaine Renko, partners and enemies, who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to a world-ending natural disaster. On that laptop you just lied about. But they must trust one another! The woman barely manages to escape with her life. For one, the latter show has made all the first season episodes available for your binging pleasure. I'm such a fan of both Neil and Brian's work, it's an honour to join the Hard Sun team.
Charlie is an experienced, corrupt detective running a unit who just lost a man — his best friend and partner, Alex Butler. Detective Elaine Renko Agyness Deyn , who comes to work with Hicks, is secretly trying to figure out just how corrupt he is, and their mutual suspicions are supposed to drive much of the suspense. They also seriously distrust one other - and for good reason. She suffers nobly, but does not let suffering define her. The information on the thumb drive is that high-profile. When one character hides the literal smoking gun from a murder, he does so under a loose piece of stone in a churchyard crypt. One of the things that stands out about the Idris Elba-starrer is that Cross is adept at telling case-of-the-week stories while propelling a meaty continuing arc.
There will be nothing after the apocalypse … unless we are offered a Season 6. We also know that Hicks has been through a trauma; he recently lost his old partner under suspicious circumstances and has been working alone since then. The cast is full of the kind of personable U. With: Jim Sturgess, Agyness Deyn, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Owain Arthur, Derek Riddell, Adrian Rawlins, Joplin Siptain, Aisling Bea, Lorrain Burroughs, Jojo Macari, Varada Sethu, Simon Thorp. It also underscores the advantage of what happens when streaming services and conventional broadcasters : you see programming that reaches a much wider audience than it might if it stuck to one format. But it will be interesting to watch these two diametrically-opposed cops work together.
But can they trust one another? Even better, using a global threat can create ways to contemplate equally grand ideas, like the meaning of life and what happens after we die. Hicks is a family man and a great, committed officer. Hicks is a family man and a great, committed officer. Renko is a difficult and damaged, but utterly incorruptible officer. Your brain may hurt like a warehouse trying to keep it all straight.
And when characters are tasked with plot exposition, they labor through robotic statements no actual human has uttered. Will it sink under the weight of its topic? The series is a co-production with the American streaming service. With just six episodes in its season or series, as the Brits call them , the show is a short trip — and one I admittedly have yet to fully take. In this pre-apocalyptic conspiracy thriller set in present-day London, the end of the world is coming in only five years. Very little of it works, be it the half-assed intermediary cases that barely hold up to logic or the broader conspiratorial arc that makes even less sense.
The pair of at-odds cops have discovered a flash drive that provides mathematical evidence that the world will end in exactly five years, and they must dodge hostilities and horrors to try and save humanity. Torn up by the death, Charlie is on his last legs trying to keep his life together. Never miss the return of your favorite shows with releasedatetv. Is it going to harden up and cause a nuclear winter even Kim Jong Un would envy? I can't wait to get started! At a Television Critics Association event, Cross said the from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Syfy reports. An apparently inescapable, apparently scientifically determined and somehow completely secret extinction level event code name: Hard Sun is coming, though it is far enough away that Cross can squeeze in a few more seasons while remaining chronologically appropriate. But they must somehow learn to work together if they're going to survive until the end of the world. The first trailer for the Hard Sun paints a bleak portrait of a world on its way to destruction.
She looks up, sees her attacker and knows who it is; she calls for him as he douses the flat in gasoline and sets it on fire. Hicks and Renko stand on different ends of the social and moral spectrum. Although Renko and Hicks are mismatched, these partners are out to enforce the laws and keep safe their loved ones, as encroaching natural disaster threatens to end the world. Amuka-Bird is committed in her steely portrayal of Morrigan, but her character allows her not much to work with. The series premiered on Hulu in the on 7 March 2018.
Oh, and all this plays out in a world where the sun is going to burn itself out within five years, sentencing everyone on Earth to certain, miserable death. The protagonists are two mismatched police officers, Charlie Hicks and Elaine Renko who stumble upon proof that a mysterious cosmic event will destroy the earth in five years, a fact the government is trying to keep secret to avoid complete anarchy. Sturgess, for his part, is perhaps more off-putting than his part requires him to be. But his contrast with Renko is what will drive the series. Because the British government is desperate to keep that information secret, Security Service i.