You know me, when I like something I tend to go full on fangirl-mode. It’s a little weird to do this for this show, considering what it is about. But I didn’t plan for this, I simply did not expect to love this show so much. It is not in my typical genre, being very twisted and dark, but Thirteen completely captured my heart. But I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s clear some things up first.
I’ve actually briefly mentioned the show before in one of my Trailer posts, and back then I said I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to watch it or not. I don’t think that this show will ever be one that appeals to the masses, you sort of have to be in the right mood for it, however, it is extremely captivating and chilling, so I can only recommend it … obviously!
Ivy Moxam is a 26-year-old woman who just escaped her cellar-prison she has lived in the past 13 years. The police and her family are shocked at the discovery that she is still alive, never having dealt with a case like this before. Reconnecting with her past life isn’t the only difficult thing she has to deal with though, as everything is getting complicated when Ivy’s accounts don’t add up and another girl is being abducted.
Cast: Jodie Comer, Aneurin Barnard, Richard Rankin, Valene Kane, Natasha Little, Stuart Graham, Joe Layton, Katherine Rose Morley, Eleanor Wyld, Nicholas Farrell, …
Episode Order: 5
Running Time: 60 minutes
I think my biggest hesitation with the show was the general topic. There was an actual real-life case with something like that in Austria, just a couple years back. Somehow it felt a little disrespectful and tasteless to turn it into a show, but I am not saying that there is any connection between the two. From what I read it is not based off that case, it just feels similar to me. But then I was too curious, especially because I adored Jodie Comer on My Mad Fat Diary and am I glad I checked it out!
Having watched 2 episodes so far, therefore almost being at the half-way point, I can only tell you that I love the show. Jodie Comer‘s performance is riveting and disturbing. She portrays Ivy in a way that you empathize with her and are confused at the same time. Honestly, I don’t know what is really going on most of the time and that is probably one of the parts I like most. Usually I want to be in the know about everything, but here it just opens up for so many possibilities the story could go in the end.
Comer‘s Ivy is not the only stand-out character on the show though. Sharing a second place in awesomeness are Aneurin Barnard, who plays Tim, a childhood friend of Ivy’s, and Richard Rankin, as the protective D.I. Elliott. Especially as the police is getting more pressing and suspecting of Ivy (which I hate – just thought I’d throw that in there), it is interesting to watch her dynamic with those two. I could go on about the other characters, but I think it’s best you discover the rest for yourself.
This is exactly the kind of drama I want to see on TV. It is real and it is gripping. The actors and actresses are amazing and the music is getting better by the episode. I don’t like all the characters, but I am infinitely intrigued by them.
Enough fangirling for today. Let me know if you’ve seen the show in the comments below and what you think about it!