The Capture’s First Episode Drew Me In

Are you looking for a mystery to spin your head? If so, Peacock’s The Capture will be for you.

Rachel discovers anomalies in her first case in her new role. (NBCUniversal)

I spent a good portion of the pilot episode confused, but not necessarily in an annoying way. You don’t see what happens in the CCTV video until the very end, but the glimpses you get don’t paint the picture of an assault and kidnapping.

The last ten minutes will leave you wanting to know more and wondering if you can trust what you’ve just seen.

The Capture is a Peacock Original, but if first aired on BBC One in the UK. I decided to check this show out for two reasons. I love a good mystery, listening to British accents, and seeing the streets of England in the background. All my family is from England, so it’s nice to get transported back there, even if it’s just on-screen.

Other than reading that the show is about a crime caught on CCTV footage, I knew very little when diving in. When I lived in England for two years, or when I’ve visited family, I never really noticed the cameras all over the city. Watching the personnel monitor the live footage gave me somewhat of a comforting feeling that someone must have been watching over me. Some people may think differently.

The UK has 7.5 cameras for every 100 people, and the US has 15.28 for every 100. I never thought much about the cameras before watching this show, and I’m sure there will be some debate about it, but that is a discussion for another time.

Rachel usually plays by the book but has to paint the lines to find the truth. (NBCUniversal )

We get introduced to two characters early on, Detective Inspector Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) and Shaun Emery (Callum Turner). It’s clear from the get-go that Rachel is ambitious. She was on the counter-terrorism unit before she moved over to homicide to gain more experience to be able to run a team of her own in the counter-terrorism division.

We also find out that this assault and kidnapping case will be crucial for her proving herself to be able to move up quickly. I love smart and powerful women, so I was immediately drawn to her character. She’s also not perfect, which makes her even better. The best characters are flawed. Just take Olivia Pope from Scandal or Oliver Queen from Arrow, for example.

The solder Shaun while in court appealing his previous conviction. (NBCUniversal)

Shaun is a former soldier on trial for what he did in Afghanistan. His barrister uses a technicality to get him off after spending six months in jail. Once again, you can decide whether he was guilty or not at this point.

It’s hard not to think that the assault and kidnapping have nothing to do with the way the barrister got him cleared of all charges. How much they have to do with each other and what is unclear in the first episode, though.

Peacock has very few originals for adults yet, and of them, there aren’t many I’ve wanted to check out. I started Brave New World because Joseph Morgan was in it, but have yet to be compelled to sit down and finish the season. I will review it in its entirety when I finally get around to it.

The Capture has caught my attention, though, and I’m excited to see where it leads.

I’m still annoyed that I have to watch Peacock’s content on my laptop. While this may not be an issue for many people, I prefer to watch shows and movies on my TV.

Stay tuned for a full review of The Capture

Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction


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