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Hijack [Apple]



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 35,941 CMod ✭✭✭✭pixelburp

    Ooh I can't resist thrillers in claustrophobic, confined spaces. This could be a good wee bit of summer fluff.

    Gotta admire Elba's workrate, though I can't imagine there's many actors with a longer list of middling output.

  • Registered Users Posts: 84,740 ✭✭✭✭JP Liz V1

    When I saw Archie Panjabi, thought another series of Departure

    Looks good for a short limited mini series

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice

    Noticed the label on the armed airport soldier/police/security person at the end being CTSFO so googled it:

    A Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearms Officer (CTSFO) is a United Kingdom police firearms officer.[1] The CTSFO standard is the highest Authorised Firearms Officer level in the National Police Firearms Training Curriculum (NPFTC) and was established by the Metropolitan Police Service in the lead up to the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London on 27th of July.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,503 ✭✭✭✭AMKC

    Live long and Prosper

    Peace and long life.

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 18,192 CMod ✭✭✭✭The Black Oil

    Threads merged.

  • Registered Users Posts: 80,988 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    Decent enough start.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,361 ✭✭✭cmac2009

    Thought it was fairly woeful personally, cliche ridden with some terrible acting. Like an average BBC show and definitely not up to the usual apple level of quality. Watched the two epsiodes but I'm done.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice

    Only one episode so far but first impression is that it doesn't feel half as boring as some english made tv shows seem to get.

    Had a quick check of the director / writer combo Jim Field Smith / George Kay and they seem to have gotten pretty high TV scores in the past. Woeful movie scores for Smith but they were a longer time ago.

    Jim Field Smith:

    George Kay:


    1: Good setup for a first episode. A lot of setting the scene and who the big players seem to be. Overall story still a mystery and a bit of a surprise at the end.

    Not sure what he's at, working with them. I'd been thinking he was going to try and negotiate them down but maybe he'll try negotiate a bigger.. money thing / prisoner exchange (total guess they'll be looking for a prisoner)

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭ondafly

    I'd nearly say it has a more Sky TV vibe than BBC - but would be in agreement !

    I'll give it another episode though.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,971 ✭✭✭✭ejmaztec

    The only other series that I remember seeing Neil Maskell in was Utopia, and he seems to be playing the same character. 😁

  • Registered Users Posts: 288 ✭✭TOMs WIFE

    Yes, me too. Like a later day episode of 'The Bill' (and the guy having the relaitonship with Idris's wife was in The Bill if I'm not mistaken). The 'extras' are absolutely shíte (trying too hard for their 6 minutes of fame) and most of the main characters are poor. And the usual feminist virtue signalling, with the working mother trying to manage her kids getting to school, but equally being the only one with half a brain in the Air Traffic Control section - with the men (mostly men) looking like complete dopes (apart from the Abu Dabia guy in his robes - box ticked there too!).

    As for Idris Elba, case of no man can be better than the quality of the cast/direction behind him. Will stick with it, but it's poor stuff.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,404 ✭✭✭squonk

    I think you’re all over analysing it. I agree it won’t be winning emmys and is a bit clunky but it’s good sky quality summer fluff. Agreed it is strange it’s an apple show but there you are! I’m enjoying it for what it is.

    Now for what it’s worth I thought the captain opening the door was pants. The hijackers seem to have taken over the plane for gge craic because they don’t seem to have a plan given that Idris is calling the shots so easily. The mother/ATC lady made a hell of a jump from a random call to pointing to a full on terror threat I thought.

    It’s pretty flawed but it’s kind of fluffy fun. That saves it imho.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,971 ✭✭✭✭ejmaztec

    I know there's a lot of box ticking these days, but I wouldn't have thought that having the Abu Dhabi guy in his robes was box ticking, he was on his home turf after all, and not in somewhere like Heathrow for example. 😛

  • Registered Users Posts: 288 ✭✭TOMs WIFE

    Ha, no, not what I meant. I was pointing out WHICH guy in Abu Dhabi, as there were a few ATC's without robes! And saying that him being the clever guy (compared to the white fool playing video games) was box ticking.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,971 ✭✭✭✭ejmaztec

    I think the white fella had an extremely high IQ in that he could play games at the same time that he was doing his job of keeping tabs on planes. 😂

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice

    2: This is clever enough. The ending was a bit of *gasp* moment. I was able to guess the connection that

    the air traffic controller wan made... well not her making it.. the two calls being made part.

    Elbas character having a more subtle plan feels kinda cool

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 18,192 CMod ✭✭✭✭The Black Oil

    Enjoying this, it's quite bingeable and has a good sense of unease.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,741 ✭✭✭satguy

    4 episodes in,, and it's 10/10 so far.

    Also not suffering too much from the disease that is plaguing Disney and other streaming services.. 

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,720 ✭✭✭Doodah7

    It’s very, very good. Interesting that they can keep the tension going over four episodes so far and it is still not clear which way the whole show is going to go. Keeping the motives hidden is an excellent narrative device.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,966 ✭✭✭Royale with Cheese

    They gave the bad guy an android phone. The only time I've ever seen anyone in an Apple show using a non Apple device 😂

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,069 ✭✭✭stargazer 68

    Thoroughly enjoying this. Up to date so far and it's really good. Love a bit of Idris though :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice

    3: The clever way this story is playing out is good I think. Following everything happening on board and it was all making sense but at the same time, there's a bit of

    anxiety about who has just gotten shot. I'm like 99% sure it can't be Idris.. too far away from the head guy who just swapped the real bullets in. Has to be someone in business or economy, someone who was standing up and noticeable. just don't know though.

    no way he's wasted a bullet

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 18,192 CMod ✭✭✭✭The Black Oil

    The Apple app on my LG TV is glitchy as hell with this particular show. Every time, the sound drops out completely after about 30 seconds into an episode. Have been watching on the Macbook instead.

  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,684 Mod ✭✭✭✭Tabnabs

    It continues to be an entertaining show.

    You do have to switch off a little not to get riled by the glaring plot holes, like in the latest episode the pilot carrying on in Hungarian despite clearly being told not to by an armed assailant. Sam appears now to be allowed to wander around the plane and access all areas as he likes. Also, thank goodness Sam's son had come to visit his dad when he did and wasn't at home in his mother's house, as usual.

    Hope there isn't a season 2, the return flight from Heathrow to Dubai?!

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 18,192 CMod ✭✭✭✭The Black Oil

    Certainly sloppy. 'Yo Sam. Get back in your seat and STFU. Well actually, hang out in the cockpit during a big moment. First officer, what's the medical response phrase...actually, keep nattering away in Hungarian and we won't put a gun to your head at all'.

  • Registered Users Posts: 31,801 ✭✭✭✭gmisk

    Finished episode 5.

    Is it good....not it extremely addictive... definitely! Look forward to it each week.

    Lots of plot holes. Idris Elba could have easily retaken the cockpit at one stage! Him and the female pilot were left alone by the hijackers. As pointed out already despite the crap he has caused they let him flit about the plane at will.

    The Max Beasley character is an absolute pillock, I need a tissue ah yeah off you go lol. She was barely moving and they couldn't catch her, useless.

    How powerful are these two crime bosses? They seem to be everywhere.

    Definitely do not need a second series, unless it focuses on a new hijack, maybe a cruise ship, speed 2 style ha.

  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,273 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123

    Only watched the first episode but I'm done. The stupidity of letting the hijackers into the cockpit did it for me. That doesn't work in 2023.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,404 ✭✭✭squonk

    I felt the same. I have an interest in aviation so nearly jumped out of my seat at that. It’s just not credible. However I stuck with it and it’s actually a show I look forward to each week now. It’s really a turn your brain off, sit back and go with it summer show. There are lots of things that don’t make sense or that wouldn’t happen like that in real life It does deliver some fun drama though. What it does it does very well so for me it’s earned the right to be a bit stupid in places because it delivers in others.

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 35,941 CMod ✭✭✭✭pixelburp

    Thing is, how do you get into the cockpit? Gotta write some contrivance cos yeah, realistically it's impossible given our post 2001 landscape - but the story has to happen somehow. It was bloody melodramatic but about as credible as any other necessary logic black hole. Same as with mobile phones; modern scripts have to write them out of the equation or the story's over in 5 minutes