Critic Consensus: Its deliberate pace demands patience, but The Escape Artist benefits from David Tennant's performance, as well as an emotionally engaging, socially conscious storyline.
Tv Season Info
A diabolical villain. A brilliant defense attorney and happy family man. And a clever reading of the law with switchbacks you don't see coming. That's the latest Masterpiece: Mystery! two-parter with David Tennant in a stunning performance.
It just doesn't feel terribly fresh, and the payoff for the mystery doesn't feel more than mildly satisfying.
What makes The Escape Artist better than an episode of Law & Order, or the many other TV procedurals that now like to remind us of justice's failures, is its emotional weight.
The tables are turned on the lawyer relatively early, and what follows is a combination of courtroom and criminal action that twists in unusual and ultimately satisfying ways.
The sheer quality of acting drew us into a superior legal thriller that got creepier and creepier until it threatened to spill over into gothic melodrama.
Audience Reviews for The Escape Artist: Season 1
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