The initial sell here was ‘HBO series from the creators of Fleabag’ and that it was ‘a sexually charged thriller starring Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson with Phoebe Waller-Bridge in a supporting role’. That all sounds so good and it’s the reason it was one of my most anticipated shows of the year.
Two episodes in, the mystery and sexual tension was almost unbearable and I thought this could really be something special. Wever and Gleeson, who are always good, were absolutely electric together.
However, as the show went on, that tension started to quickly deteriorate, the story seemed unsure of where to go next, the characters became more unlikable, and the whole show really ran out of steam (no pun intended).
The sub-plot around Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character was interesting at first but lacked any real narrative necessity, and the ending of the show was so odd and blaze that I can only imagine it is meant to set up a second season, but I’m not sure how many people will want one.
I love what Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Vicky Jones have done in the past on TV, with ‘Fleabag’ and ‘Killing Eve’ standing up as two of the best and most unique shows of the 21st Century, but ‘Run’ is a surprising rare miss for them.
Rating = 2.5/5