Review: Hooten & The Lady (The CW) – A jolly summer adventure
By Daniel Redford on June 29, 2017
The CW is ready for an adventure this summer, with a series that is quite unlike anything else the network is offering — but in a good way. originally aired on Sky1 in September and October, and is now coming stateside for the summer. The show follows an unlikely duo as they travel around the world digging up ancient treasures not unlike Indiana Jones.
Ulysses Hooten (Michael Landes, ) is a charismatic but lone-wolf type American adventurer who is very keen on doing whatever is best for himself. On one of his travels — this time visiting an unknown tribe in the Amazon to trick them out of some of their gold — he literally runs into Alex, or Lady Alexandra Lindo-Parker (Ophelia Lovibond, ). She is the most British aristocrat you can imagine, and she works for the British Museum collecting treasures. She is very by-the-book, but also fascinated and very eager to follow in the footsteps of the greatest archeologists.
is a fun ride as a summer adventure series. The characters visit a different part of the world each week. They need to overcome a series of hurdles and often do so in incredulous ways, but that doesn’t take away from the entertainment value of the series. If anything, it adds to it.
With all the crazy travels and adventures as the context, at the core of are of course Hooten and Alex, the Lady. Much of the charm of the series, apart from the ever-changing surroundings, comes from the clash between their personalities — she an aristocratic Brit, he a narcissistic American. But obviously, beneath their constant bickering, they start to bond over the adventures they have survived together, as would be natural for two people who are constantly saving each other’s lives.
Hooten & The Lady airs on Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.