This Sunday night at 11pm, WETA's beginning the first series of Hustle, a super intelligent, exceptionally charming caper from the producers
The preview below doesn’t explain the cons so much, but it introduces you to all our major players, including the always excellent Robert Vaughn (Albert), fairly adorable Marc Warren (Danny) and Philip Glennister’s brother Robert (Ash, and the family resemblance is uncanny).
The basic premise is simple – in the first episode Michael “Mickey Bricks” Stone is, for the lack of a better phrase, “putting the band back together” after a recent stint in prison. Every member of their crew of grifters – including new addition Danny – has a specific job to do, as the inside man, the pickpocket, the tech expert, the roper, the bait, and so forth. Their crew targets immoral, ne’er do well types of the corporate persuasion and takes advantage of their greed. It’s a bit high-end Robin Hood, in a way, but, as the gang will tell you in the very first episode, “You can’t cheat an honest man.” You won’t feel too guilty about cheering for the “bad guys” here.
Plus, the “bad guys” are extremely appealing. As the series goes on, we learn more about each member of Mickey’s crew, what makes them tick, and how they relate to each other. The great relationships and character development are almost more appealing than the clever criminal tricks. (Almost.)
Hustle has a great cast, sharp writing, and more often than not, will con the audience right along with everyone else. (Full disclosure: the ending “twist” of the pilot episode surprised the heck out of me. I apparently am what the experts would call an “easy mark” because I fell for everything. Maybe you’ll do better.)