3 Reasons to Watch Tom Hardy's New Show Taboo

James Keziah Delaney is an even more brutal reprisal of Hardy’s character in The Revenant—Delaney is brooding, rough, and amoral—but now he’s on the offensive. Delaney is running the show from Act I, literally and figuratively: Hardy steals every scene, and Delaney mercilessly puppeteers the other characters, giving few clues to his long game. Early reviews have made much of the idea that Taboo would be nothing without Hardy. That’s true: Taboo is a show Tom Hardy made to celebrate Tom Hardy. But Tom Hardy is pretty great.
Man, Heart of Darkness was great. Taboo takes place in the same dark moment in history, when European imperialism was beginning to unravel and the tensions between Victorian values and “the darkness” were bubbling to the surface (thank you, SparkNotes). Delaney is Marlow, back from Africa, tormented by what he’s seen, and ready to fuck shit up. Or is he Kurtz, risen? Taboo, in any case, is very dark.
If you don't watch Taboo for Hardy, watch it for the East India Company, reimagined as a group of codger kingpins orchestrating their machinations from a gilded lair. Jonathan "The High Sparrow" Pryce is especially chilling as the ringleader of the Company. Something about a frustrated old white man making a desperate power grab feels so current. I just can’t put my small, stubby finger on it.
Taboo airs on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. Eastern on FX. You can watch the first episode here.

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