Investigating the death of a fleeing man on Chelsea Bridge, and what appears at first to be the scamming of rich, foreign students, Harry and Suri find it all traces back to the mysterious Golding. As Anna also uncovers a connection to the elusive man, and despite warnings from Eve about just how much luck can be derived from the bangle, Harry deliberately puts himself in the line of fire.
A young man is running half-naked, bloodied and panic stricken through London. The result of a severe beating and torture, he is inadvertently turned into a fireball as police officers taser him, unaware he has also been doused in petrol. Harry and Suri are assigned to the case and quickly uncover a con involving two east end wideboys preying on rich foreign students and quickly link the dead man to Golding, the man Harry is sure is after the bracelet and behind everything. As Harry and Suri get in ever deeper, Deputy Mayor Karl Frierson unsuccessfully tries to pressure Detective Superintendent Winter to get rid of Harry and when that fails, he turns his attention to DS Orwell. Meanwhile, Anna’s investigations of the Whitecross Clinic have revealed that Kevin Grey didn’t commit suicide but was instead murdered and she’s been given a name. Golding.
Stan Lee’s Lucky Man suffers from that all too frequent get out clause of bad storytelling – the fact that everything, and everyone, is connected to everything else. It removes any real need for plotting, character or planning. Simply get some generic bad guys, have them do something terrible and then reveal they all link back to the big bad in ways we have yet to learn or, indeed, care about at all. So the crime of the week set-up that is, of course, assigned to Harry and Suri becomes ever more complicated and a new player in Charles Collins is introduced, seemingly to fill the void created by the now dead Yury Becker. Exposition Eve pops up once more (and of course Harry, again, just sits and listens instead of asking questions) to try to further the plot, even going so far as visiting Paul Lermontov – remember him? – casually dropping that they’ve known each other since childhood. And so once more the show plays schizophrenically, trying to be deep and complex and deadly serious whilst using the conceit of the magic bangle in the most mundane ways possible and showcasing stunts and set pieces that really should have no place on prime time television. A case in point is an attempted assassination involving blowing the tyre of Harry’s car at 30mph in heavy traffic. Oh, wow, not. The final shootout at the marina, with Harry willingly standing directly in front of a hail of bullets and trusting everything to the luck of the bangle, has all the tension and drama of a bag blowing in the wind.
Last week’s episode was pretty dull, but this week’s trumps that by being confusing as hell at the same time. That’s quite a feat. There’s even a case for wishing Harry would do some running, just so there’s something entertaining to watch. But we’re not that lucky.
Stan Lee’s Lucky Man airs in the UK Fridays, 9:00pm GMT, on Sky One.