Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Vigil is an odd watch. At its best the BBC drama is the one of the most tense few hours of dramas I’ve seen on TV in a while. At worst it suffers from all the issues and problems you’d expect from a drama behind the Line Of Duty team. The problem with Vigil is not with the direction or performances – as you’d expect from the team involved both are of the highest calibre – no the issue here is that this is a solid 2-3 hour drama spread out far too thinly across it’s 6 hour run time. You often see the same in a lot of US dramas – hitting an episode number count rather than allowing the story to play out over its natural life span. The other issue is that the story does struggle with believability, with more and more and more drama unfolding to the point that if an alien landed on the boat you’d probably shrug your shoulders and go… yeah probably. So a mixed bag then overall – too long but still pretty tense when it needs to be but far from essential viewing.
Best Bit: The first episode is super tense
Binge, Watch, Skip: Watch
If You Liked this Try: Line Of Duty (TV), Crimson Tide, The Hunt for Red October