Patriot: part Homeland-style fable, part stoner spy comedy

This unique drama about an addled Iraq war vet grips and confounds but substantiates endlessly imaginative

What is it ? A US anti-hero spy drama like no other.

Why youll affection it : Because you require a palate disinfectant to wash away all the dour procedural Tv harassment of late. And you would rather have the blaze beautifully confounded out of you for an hour in preference to the heavy-handed plot signposting that goes on in the thick-as-pilchards Tv drama so prevailing since Downton Abbey.

New Zealand newcomer Michael Dorman play-acts John Tavener( AKA John Lakeman ), a thirtysomething Iraq war vet and knowledge operative stationed in Amsterdam, where he has started native, inhaling weed and playing folk songs at open-mic darkness. Back home in Milwaukee, his nice partner waits for him, his intelligence chief father( Terry OQuinn brilliant) plucks strings at the State Department and his congressman brother, Edward,( Orange is the New Blacks Michael Chernus) supports offbeat comic aid with his complicated dwelling living and own espionage dabblings.

The family business is not dissimilar to Sherlock, but there the similarity intention. What I find myself adoring about Patriot is its lack of resemblance to anything else Ive experienced, in flavor at least. Writer/ administrator Steve Conrad takes a Homeland-y set-up involving the USs attempts to curtail Irans growing nuclear capability in 2012, and rotate it into a hyperreal fable spun from the PTSD-addled brain of a strange, unknowable boy. And it appears so incredibly beautiful. And its really funny.

John must go undercover at an petroleum pipeline busines in order to travel undetected between Iran and Luxembourg, doing his snoop nonsense. He gets the job done, but his methods are often surprising.

Its part workplace comedy John strifes to gain favour with irascible petroleum boss Leslie( Kurtwood Smith) and make nice with his co-workers and duty thriller, following his first trip-up to Luxembourg to hand over a luggage of money, where he unknowingly slaughters an airfield proletarian. Detective Agathe Albans( Aliette Opheim) connects the legend as the Luxembourg cop investigating the fatality. Will her investigation jeopardise Johns unlikely assignment? Is any of this even plausible? Im very caught up in the endlessly imaginative storytelling to care.

So often with a new series, the opening is key and this one is strong. Comically glib-tongued inhumanity is followed by the opening titles set to the gossamer beauty of Vashti Bunyans Teach Song. Its an appropriate decoration: you have to get on the instruct and preserve travelling no matter how odd it gets.

Its deliberately, strangely picturesque then suddenly bathetic, playing with the natural lilt of both slapstick and drama. John appears up to the sunlit sky to realise a murmuration of chicks and falls off his bike on to the cobbles. Thats the whole show right there.

Episode two audaciously begins with a attribute we havent previously converged, trying to sell his battered kayak to a stranger. We follow his legend for a while and then return to him much later, paddling the beleaguered tank from Brussels to Luxembourg. Hes heading for the plot were following, but hes not there yet.

Whether John genuinely can avoid nuclear armament in Iran instantly becomes inconsequential as youre swept into the current of his nutty creek. No you are able to blamed you if youre still standing on the banks, tutting. But those who go with the flow are in for a merriment ride.

Patriots already got its own hashtag #WhoIsJohnLakeman. Grant it a try. Its not like other television and the better for it.

Where : Amazon Prime.

Length: 10 one-hour chapters, all available now.

Stand-out episode : The pilot, for setting a unique flavor that manages to clutch and confound but never to alienate.

If you liked Patriot, watch : Fargo( Netflix) for that odd, off-beat tone.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ tv-and-radio/ 2017/ feb/ 23/ patriot-part-homeland-style-fable-part-stoner-spy-comedy