If you’re a fan of the John Wick movies, you’ve likely heard about The Continental on Peacock. This series aims to capitalize on the success of the John Wick franchise by delving deeper into the world of assassins, with a particular focus on the legendary hotel, The Continental. As a fan of the action-packed John Wick films, I was excited to see how this spin-off would expand on the already fantastic world-building that has become a hallmark of the series.
One thing that has always defined the John Wick movies is their relentless action sequences and intricate choreography, and I’m pleased to report that The Continental doesn’t disappoint in this department. The fight scenes are executed with precision and flair, staying true to the franchise’s signature style. You simply can’t have a John Wick production without it. The choreography is undoubtedly one of the series’ strong suits.
Another aspect I appreciated was the cinematography and editing. The Continental doesn’t opt for a basic visual style. Instead, it offers viewers a variety of dynamic camera angles and interesting editing choices that keep the show visually engaging. The color grading adds to the show’s vintage feel, perfectly complementing the tone it aims to achieve.
However, while The Continental does many things right, it’s not without its drawbacks. As a die-hard fan of the movies, I found it somewhat challenging to get through the first few episodes due to their extended length. In an era of shrinking attention spans, breaking up these long episodes might have made the series more digestible for a wider audience.
Moreover, the series, at times, lacks the gravitas that the John Wick movies effortlessly deliver. Most of the characters fail to capture the intrigue and charisma of the movie’s key players, with the exception of Winston, played by Ian McShane, and Rose, portrayed by Lauren Cohan. I had hoped for more emphasis on high-stakes assassination missions, but the series often meanders into other territories, diluting its core identity.
Nonetheless, The Continental finds redemption in its finale. When the alarm sounds, the action kicks into high gear, and the series delivers a flurry of intense moments. Mini fights like the one in the phone booth and the sniper rifle showdown inject much-needed excitement into the narrative. As the episode reaches its climax, loose ends are tied up, and the season ends on a high note, leaving viewers eager for more.
The Continental on Peacock offers a mixed bag of experiences for fans of the John Wick universe. While it doesn’t quite match the intensity and charisma of the movies, it manages to redeem itself with a thrilling finale. If you’re still hungry for John Wick content, this mini-series is worth a watch. Let me know in the comments if you’re excited about more John Wick adventures. Subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow me on TikTok to stay updated on my latest content.