Monday, July 17, 2017

Hooten & the Lady - The Amazon

Where do you go after finding, and loosing, the Lost City of Gold? The first episode of Hooten & the Lady introduces us to British Museum curator Lady Alex Lindo-Parker (Ophelia Lovibond) whose run in with a treasure hunter named Hooten (Michael Landes) while searching for the lost camp of Victorian explorer Percy Fawcett will lead the mismatched pair on an adventure culminating in the discovery of the Lost City of Gold, having their lives threatened, and loosing the biggest archeological (and monetary) find of their lifetimes.

Ophelia Lovibond (Elementary) and Michael Landes (Lois and Clark's first Jimmy Olsen) make for an entertaining pair, even if there's a discernible lack of sparks between the two of them. The characters are relative B-movie stereotypes, but there is room for development. Fifteen years ago Hooten would have been played by Bruce Campbell who could have added a bit of a twinkle to the character's rough exterior. Going their separate ways following their Amazon adventure, it looks like the pair will be brought back together for further adventures over the course of the series. It's not Romancing the Stone, it's not National Treasure, but their is some fun to be had in this first episode. The question is, how do you follow up the Lost City of Gold. There's enough promise here for me to return and discover the answer.

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