A Horror TV Honey Review with Kat Wells
Who’s got perpetual nap-hair, rides a white horse, and doesn’t take any shit from anybody? James Keziah Delaney, that’s who.
Taboo, the new dark period drama produced by Scott Free UK and airing on FX, stars Tom Hardy as Delaney, a disreputable brute who has returned to his native London (circa 1814) in the wake of his father’s death after over a decade of living among savages in Africa. Delaney has long been presumed dead, and his return wreaks havoc on the plans of many people who were counting on benefiting from the spoils of the elder Delaney’s passing; arguably the most interested and ruffled party is the famed East India Company, which had its sights set on a politically important plot of land in the Americas owned by the late Delaney and which had been promised to them by his daughter (the younger Delaney’s half-sister).
|Oona Chaplin plays Delaney's half-sister, who he has a full-boner for.|
|Oh, I'm sorry. I forgot what we were talking about.|
|It's a wonder he didn't burst into flames walking into that church.|
One of the most interesting things about Taboo is that Delaney is not a hero with a heart of gold, or really any redeeming qualities. He’s rough and unfettered, and it’s a lot of fun to watch him piss off the establishment. Among other things, this is a show about the intrusion of the wild upon the civilized, and I hope that the end of the second episode is an indication that there is a lot more wild to come.
Kat's Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Naked Tattooed Tom Hardy's
Taboo airs Tuesdays at 10pm on FX