In Review: Lucky Man – Episode 2

Harry's lucky bracelet is put to the ultimate test as he and Suri hunt for the man behind Casino boss Freddy Lau's death, while Eve re-appears with a dire warning.

Synopsis: Harry’s lucky bracelet is put to the ultimate test as he and Suri hunt for the man behind Casino boss Freddy Lau’s death, while Eve re-appears with a dire warning.

(Warning This Review Contains Spoilers)

Review: This episode continues the procedural storyline that was set in motion last week, but also manages to explore the bracelet a little more and the consequences that Harry’s luck is having on others and the world around him.

The scene in which Harry is at a support meeting for gamblers sees him being clued into what will be a vital plot device as the series moves forward. When Harry asks the members of the meeting what they’d do if they owned there own luck. He gets some interesting responses, but the guy running the meeting says its a crock and that Harry should write down a list of his wins and losses in order to appraise how much luck he really has.

A scene later on at the dog track sees Harry trying to trick the bracelet by swapping his winning ticket with a guy who has made a bad bet. This prompts a brief visit from Eve who warns Harry that he cannot play games with the bracelet or the people that are after it. A brief altercation ensues and Eve and Harry’s pursuers vanish.

In terms of the investigation Harry pushes his luck. He and his partner Suri are supposed to wait at Kings Cross Station in order to intercept the killer, but Harry plays a hunch that the killer will turn up at Lau’s funeral. Suri waits at the funeral only for the killer not to turn up during the service, but Harry hangs in there until the funeral is over and tracks the killer. A big foot chase ensues where Harry runs down the killer, but in order to capture him he has to run right across a busy motorway, which has fast traffic in both directions. Harry makes a run for it and amazingly gets across safely.

As they bring the killer back to the Police Station a train wreck in which 40 people were seriously injured is playing out out live on the news. Harry and Suri are quite stunned at this revelation given that had they not gone to Lau’s funeral they’d have most likely been among the injured or worse still.

By the close of the episode Harry has started to use sticky notes on his wall in order to measure his luck and the collateral damage that it seems to be causing others. At this point he gets a distressed call from Suri whose boyfriend and fellow detective has just vomited and had a pretty bad seizure. As Harry is driving to the meet her at the Hospital Suri’s boyfriend dies on the journey to the hospital.

This episode seemed a little bit more balanced in terms of the procedural stuff and the mythology concerning the bracelet, but I’d like to see more of the mystic stuff surrounding the bracelet and find out who Eve is and why her and the people she is working for are distributing the lucky bracelet. I’d also like to know if there is more than one or even one that bestows its wearer with rotten luck.

I enjoyed that we got a little more insight into Detective Superintendent Winter and his grudge against Harry, but I think that plays secondary to the rest of the story.

Once again James Nesbitt pretty much carries the episode along and once again has some solid support from Amara Karan as his partner DS Suri Chohan.

Over all this was a pretty strong second episode, which moved things along enough to keep me interested for next week.

9.1
Lucky Man - Episode 2
  • Story
    9.0
  • Acting
    10
  • Stunt Work
    9.0
  • Incidental Music
    8.5

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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