Mr Mercedes

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - GUIDE - EMILY HOURI­CAN

RTE Player, un­til Novem­ber 21, sea­son 2, episode 1 The first se­ries of Mr Mercedes, de­vel­oped by David E Kel­ley, based on the books by Stephen King, was some­thing of a slow burn but built grad­u­ally and ef­fec­tively thanks to a solid, un­showy script and ex­cel­lent per­for­mances by Bren­dan Glee­son and Harry Tread­away.

Glee­son plays re­tired de­tec­tive Bill Hodges, a man who leads an unashamedly un­healthy and iso­lated life, in which he ob­sesses over the un­solved case of Mr Mercedes, who killed 16 peo­ple when he drove a stolen Mercedes through a line of peo­ple queu­ing overnight for a job fair.

The story cuts be­tween Hodges as he at­tempts to shun the friendly in­ter­ven­tions of his at­trac­tive neigh­bour, and the psy­cho­pathic Brady Harts­field (Tread­away), the real Mr Mercedes, who works a min­i­mum wage job and saves his bril­liance for taunt­ing Hodges, first on­line in a covert game of cat-and-mouse, then in­creas­ingly out in the open.

The sec­ond sea­son be­gins with Glee­son get­ting his life on track af­ter a heart at­tack and Harts­field in a coma fol­low­ing a failed at­tempt to ex­e­cute an­other mur­der­ous plot.

It’s a con­di­tion from which he shows no signs of emerg­ing un­til the ar­rival of neu­ro­sur­geon Fe­lix Babineau and his un­li­censed Chi­nese serum. Chan­, episodes 1-6 Writ­ten, di­rected by and star­ring De­siree Akha­van (left), who re­cently won the Grand Jury prize at Sun­dance for The Mise­d­u­ca­tion of Cameron Post, this is a witty if painful com­edy ex­plor­ing the dif­fer­ences be­tween dat­ing men and dat­ing women via Leila, who dates both.

She has just left a 10-year re­la­tion­ship with Sadie (Max­ine Peake) and has moved out of their apart­ment into a room in a house owned by neu­rotic novelist Gabe (Brian Glee­son), with whom she strikes up a friend­ship that threat­ens to be­come more. Which will mean com­ing out to her gay friends as bi...

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