AMC’s The Night Manager Episode 3 TV Show Review. The Night Manager: Episode 3 has put Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) into the deep end as he has already overstayed his welcome on Richard Roper’s (Hugh Laurie) villa in Spain, so it will be interesting to see how the series remains fascinating and how the tension will truly build up as we have only four episodes left. The good thing about this third episode is that the show is still captivating to watch and the suspense just keeps on coming. Susanne Bier continues to keep viewers guessing as we are being given all this information about what Richard is up to and Jonathan trying to relay what he finds out without getting caught.
Jonathan Pine has successfully infiltrated Richard Roper’s inner circle with his charm and wit. With the hard part over, Jonathan must now find some dirt on his new best friend to give to his handler Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) and avoid detection from Roper’s guards. That’s easier said than done, as he must also gain the trust of Roper’s right hand man Corcoran (Tom Hollander) as well. It gets more complicated for our spy as he gets deeper into the lives of Roper’s other family members, including his wife Jed (Elizabeth Debicki).
Tom Hiddleston continues to deliver a dazzling performance that would make James Bond proud. Jonathan manages to easily switch into any role whether it’s being Roper’s son Denny’s sitter to Richard’s new right hand man and undercover spy. Elizabeth Debniki has truly shined in this episode as we learn more about Jed’s past. Elizabeth shows her seductive yet fragile side to her character who is completely unaware of Roper’s illegal activities but she struggles to hide her past and the truth about her son from him. It seems that Jonathan may soon find out about Jed’s secret after finding her in an emotional state and finding a piece of her hair in Roper’s office. It makes us wonder what else Jed may be hiding from her boyfriend?
Richard Roper remains to be the most elusive antagonist in the series, and Hugh Laurie does a brilliant job in portraying this flawed character. We learn about Roper’s approach in life with each episode, and this time we see that he believes he found a way to excel in life by cutting through the red line. Roper describes being a man as someone who recognizes the world is on fire and doesn’t mind it. While he becomes this humble host, we see that he has some personal problems to deal with when it comes to being suspicious of Jed and not being able to spend a lot of time with his own son. However, when push comes to shove, he is willing to eliminate anyone who gets in his way.
One of the biggest things of the series is keeping it grounded and making it as realistic as possible when it came to the world of espionage, which it manages to excel in. It was smart seeing Jonathan and Angela communicating without detection from Roper’s guards while he was out with Denny. Using his surroundings (including an ice cream menu), Jonathan found a way to convey his message to Angela in a way that she could understand.
The third episode pulled out its surprising move as Roper gives Jonathan a position in his arms trading business. This has put Jonathan deep into the man’s criminal activities, but it will be difficult for him to keep his cover the longer he stays in his company. It will be interesting to see how long Jonathan can survive in Roper’s company while still getting information on him for Burr. The revelations are still yet to come as our level-headed spy is in over his head.
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