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If “Hooten & the Lady” feels somewhat predictable at times, that’s because it is. That’s not a knock on the series, though, because it knows it. In fact, that’s a major part of its appeal. The British Sky1 original series — now re-airing all eight of its episodes here as part of the The CW’s summer schedule — intentionally draws on that feeling of nostalgia that comes with an “Indiana Jones” flick or even “Romancing The Stone.” From the Amazon to Rome to Egypt to the Himalayas, “Hooten & the Lady’s” first season attempts to tell a rather self-contained action-adventure story in the span of eight separate hours. And it succeeds.
First of all, the series’ peculiar title is more straightforward than it seems: Your typical American adventurer-****-thief, Hooten (Michael Landes) has stubble, a tan, and a smile that can get any woman on his side. That is, except for the aforementioned “Lady,” Alex Lindo-Parker (Ophelia Lovibond), a curator at the British Museum (and British aristocrat) who’s grown tired of sitting behind a desk instead of doing actual field work. The CW’s press release describes Hooten as a “lone wolf,” and while he may also be a rogue, he’s no Indiana Jones — he’s just a vagabond criminal who often writes checks his charm can’t cash. That’s where Alex’s knowledge of the various cultures they infiltrate (or just literally fall into) come in. But she doesn’t quite know the real risks of the treacherous world of treasure-hunting. Hooten and Alex complement each other, even when they get on each other’s nerves or sell the other one out — which is why they just can’t go their separate ways after their initial meeting.
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