The Rook (2019)


Season 1
The Rook

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Though it teases some appealingly pulpy puzzle pieces, The Rook's dour tone and convoluted machinations ​overshadow its intriguing premise.

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Critic Ratings: 20

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User Ratings: 120

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Air date: Jun 30, 2019

After waking up surrounded by dead bodies and no memory, Myfanwy Thomas is thrown into the world of the Checquy, a paranormal secret service where she's a high-level operative known as a "Rook," and finds that no one can be trusted.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2019

While Myfanwy revisits the crime scene in search of her past, Monica discovers a dark truth about one of the victims; one of Myfanwy's dead attackers disappears from the morgue.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2019

Myfanwy discovers a disturbing clue to her past; Farrier searches for a scapegoat for the bankside murders; Monica goes undercover to attend an EVA auction.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2019

Myfanwy uncovers a twisted relationship with her psychiatrist; Monica searches London with Gestalt for a missing EVA who escaped; Farrier makes a connection with a mysterious prisoner.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2019

Myfanwy and Monica work to extricate a young EVA, while Gestalt's suspicions of Myfanwy lead to a confrontation.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2019

Myfanwy returns to her childhood home; Farrier faces consequences at the Checquy; Monica copes with the discovery that she was betrayed by Marcus.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2019

After a terrifying prophecy, Myfanwy's desperation leads her to place her trust in a powerful enemy.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2019

Myfanwy and Farrier quickly discover how dangerous life is outside of the Checquy, while Grantchester runs out of options; Myfanwy chooses between her freedom and Farrier's life.

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Cast & Crew

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Emma Greenwell
Myfanwy Thomas

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Jon Fletcher
Alex Gestalt

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Adrian Lester
Conrad Grantchester

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Olivia Munn
Monica Reed

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Ronan Raftery
Robert Gestalt

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Joely Richardson
Linda Viscountess Farrier

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Joshua Squire
Myfanwy's Friend

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Catherine Steadman
Eliza Gestalt

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Toby Cordes
Myfanwy's Friend

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Barry Atsma
Peter van Syoc

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Tamsin Topolski
Bronwyn

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Michael Thyx
Geoffrey

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Howard Corlett
Trevor Birch

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Michael Karim
Nazim

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Luke Roberts
Marcus Kevler

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Karyn Usher
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News & Interviews for The Rook

Critic Reviews for The Rook: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The Rook: Season 1

  • Jan 24, 2023
    Why don't they pronounce Myfanwy correctly? It's really. really annoying. Due to stupid Americans, no doubt.
  • Dec 29, 2021
    Wheels within wheels, an intelligence operative with unusual powers works for an organization that targets and controls the traffic in other espers. Usually an interesting premise but here the plotting between various parties and infighting in the team just mangles the narrative and confuses the story. By the end of the season it's still not clear which side will win, or what the mess in episode 1 was supposed to achieve. Too much grey to sort out the machinations and apply motivations. Dissatisfying.
  • Apr 07, 2021
    It was good. I had fun. Learnt about the other side of the Gov.
  • Mar 03, 2021
    I hope there's a season 2! I guess I should've searched. I love fantasy, sci-fi characters in an intriguing storyline set in diverse settings with troubled romantic relationships and thrilling mini-subplots❣️ Watch it- I binged this Starz original series!!
  • Jan 08, 2021
    Episode 1 straight up rips off The Matrix, not off to a good start...
  • Oct 25, 2020
    Didn't get into it immediately and hadn't read the book (something I intend to remedy) but the Rook really grew on me. Can't say that I really clicked with the central protagonist but I loved the world and characters surrounding her - particularly Gestalt! This is yet another show that the critics didn't get but the public evidently did. Hope Starz remember that it's the public who pay their subscriptions when considering another season :)
  • Jun 17, 2020
    After reading the book and thoroughly enjoying it, I was looking forward to the TV adaptation. Unfortunately it's had the soul ripped from it, and a light, clever, and funny story has been totally rewritten into some kind of tryhard drama. I guess that's what happens when you 'mericanise a quaint British story (though written by an Australian). In summary, don't bother. Just read the book and pretend the TV series doesn't exist. You'll be much happier.
  • Feb 06, 2020
    Loved it very intriguing!! I'm hoping for a season 2
  • Jan 21, 2020
    great series !!!!!!!!!!!! I hope they make season 2, and ASAP :)
  • Jan 10, 2020
    I really enjoyed this show. I like the storyline to have nice twists and turns that keep me guessing. I sincerely hope it is renewed. I want to see what happens next.

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