A Hidden Gem
Today I figured I would talk about something I recently really enjoyed. Something I don't think a lot of people know about.
First though, some context.
If you know me personally, especially if we're friends, you know that I probably have the least addictive personality possible when it comes to any kind of TV show or movie. Every recommendation I get usually ends up being filed away under "To Watch" for months on end before I inevitably watch half of it and lose all interest. I mean, I still haven't gotten around to Stranger Things 2 for God's sake.
So when I say I actually sat down and watched not just one but two seasons of a show, all in about a week, it's kind of a massive deal. Like a "some sort of marketing team should be reaching out to me" kind of big deal.
The show I'm talking about is, of course, Patriot on Amazon Prime.
Patriot follows John Tavner, an undercover intelligence officer, as he takes on a role he's completely unprepared for at McMillan Inc., a Wisconsin-based piping firm. He's on an unofficial mission to stop Iran from reaching a functional nuclear entity, and his story is full of every kind of misadventure you can imagine. In the first season alone John manages to wrestle with five Brazilian Judo masters, steal a cop's prosthetic leg, and pet a dog. The writers really know how to tell a story, and tell it well.
The show really is a winner. It's funny, heartbreaking, and above all else, incredibly smart. Whoever is in charge of cinematography for Patriot really knows what they're doing. Each scene feels purposeful, shots are interesting, and the color-grading is top tier (although I might be biased since I come pre-installed with a liking for low-contrast earth tones-- the show's signature look).
The last scene of the pilot should be enough to convince anyone that there's someone more than competent at the helm. It manages to perfectly remind the audience of and set-up everything John is going to have to deal with throughout the season, all in one three-minute long take. It feels like someone really put in the work when making Patriot, and it shows.
If for whatever reason you don't have Amazon Prime, or maybe just don't watch Prime Video that often, let this show be the reason you shell out a few more bucks to Jeff Bezos every month. It really is the best thing on right now, and I personally need the viewership to skyrocket so I can get a third season.
If you're interested, you can find the show here.