You can breathe out now.
Born To Kill delivered a gut-punch of a first episode, a dim and unsettling demeanour into the mind of a teenage killer.
We were introduced to Sam and his overprotective silent Jenny, who has led her son to trust that his father is dead. But not only is his father very much alive, he’s in jail for a aroused crime and could presumably get parole. And Jenny’s ‘s**t-scared’ of him.
Meanwhile Sam has befriended rebel fire-starter Chrissy at school, and thinks he’s finally found a crony he can be himself around.
All is not good with Sam though. He practices conversations on camera and then reels them off verbatim to people he meets. He invents a drastic death for his dad, changing the sum every time so it sounds some-more upsetting and then trips up on his own lies. He fantasises about drowning another student and spends way too much time on the geriatric sentinel where his silent works, slow around people’s beds like an angel of death.
Much like Channel 4’s other hit play National Treasure, these characters’ every day lives are carried out in an rough atmosphere that smothered everything. It all seemed ordinary on the surface but there was something malignant effervescent underneath, which is substantially because the ending, nonetheless dreaded, didn’t come as much of a shock.
The murder itself – in one take, with the camera spinning away in a round until the help was finished – was difficult to shake off. Sam’s sated countenance thereafter was even some-more so.
Yes he’s immorality (born evil?), but Sam is such a fascinating character, exposed one notation and manipulative the next. When the grave finale played out it was unfit not to watch, and that’s wholly down to visitor Jack Rowan, who clearly got stuck in to this disturbing role. Awards panels should take note for next year.
Born To Kill has given us one of the many fascinating characters on TV in ages, and he’s going to lift a lot of questions. Whose error is it (if anyone’s) that Sam has these dim desires? Can anyone really be born a murderer? And should Chrissy be worried about her nan? We’re gonna go with a indeterminate approbation on that one.