Starring: Idris Elba, Neil Maskell, Christine Adams, Jude Cudjoe, Max Beesley, Archie Panjabi, Eve Myles, Kate Phillips, and Ben Miles
Creator: George Kay and Jim Field Smith
With Hijack following the 24-method of real-time storytelling, the series aims to create tension, and does so with great effect; I caught myself sitting forward in my chair on quite a few occasions. In limited time, I was given sufficient reasons to become invested in the flight passengers, but none more so than Sam Nelson (Idris Elba). His calm, cool, and collected demeanour only added to the tension since I was just waiting for him to explode. Things get a little turbulent in the middle of the series, and the story takes some unnecessary turns, but it all culminates in an exciting finale.
With a simple premise and an engaged Idris Elba, Hijack is a fast-paced series that will hold your interest from episode to episode even as you pick out some minor flaws. Billed as a show that takes place in real-time, that aspect never feels necessary or propulsive in the way that it did for 24. There also are some on-the-ground side characters that feel like filler, and the hijackers aren’t all that formidable. In fact, they mostly come off as buffoons. All that said, those are very minor nitpicks for a show that remains captivating due to the story’s inherent tension and Elba’s immense watchability.