The Old Man

The Old Man season 1





Kennedy Unthank

TV Series Review

Dan Chase is being chased.

He’s an old man, but that doesn’t make him any less of a hot commodity—at least, not by the CIA’s standards. After 30 years of laying low, changing his name and recreating his life, Dan feels the law’s hot breath on his neck, ready to nab him and bring him in. finally come after him to take him in. And they’re not exactly going to take “no” for an answer.

Unfortunately for the CIA, Dan Chase isn’t the most compliant of people. He knows what likely awaits him should he be captured, and he has no plans to let that to happen easily. So, with his two dogs, a firearm and a tossed-around vehicle, Dan will do all he can to start over—that is, escape the detection of the CIA, make a new newname for himself and hope that the second one sticks.

But Dan’s not as spry as he once was when he did this 30 years ago. He’s got pills to take at every meal. He’s got joints that crack and ache. He has to get up multiple times in the night to use the bathroom.

But make no mistake: if the CIA wants to capture him, they’d be wise to not underestimate the senior citizen.

Respect Your Elders

Be sure that your sins will find you out.

That’s what Dan is discovering, anyway. 30 years ago, he went against the wishes of the United States government by aiding a foreign party during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. And whether intentionally or not, Dan’s relationship with that party ended on, let’s just say, not-so-friendly terms.

So Dan went into hiding. He changed his and his wife’s names, uprooted everything and vanished. And that was enough time for Dan to grow old, his wife to pass and some old grudges to continue festering. And even though Dan’s far out of his prime, that foreign party has called in a favor, and the CIA is suddenly acutely interested in bringing him in. But Dan was never one to simply listen to the wants of others–no matter how many bodies he has to pile up.

Hulu’s The Old Man plans to release its episodes on a weekly schedule, but if the first two are any indication of the content viewers may expect, they’ll be watching a lot of people die. Dan’s not afraid to kill anyone who would dare try to bring him in. And while the kills in this one have yet to be extensively grotesque (though one fight scene does go on for a decent amount of time), viewers should expect many more people to get shot, stabbed and choked—all to the beat of a number of heavy swears.

Episode Reviews

Jun. 16, 2022—S1, Ep1: “I”

After Dan finds and kills a home intruder, he realizes that his past has caught up to him, and he makes a plan to flee.

Dan urinates offscreen on two occasions. After an intruder breaks in, Dan’s dogs hold the man down by his throat, and Dan shoots and kills him. We hear the man gasp for breath while he dies. Dan also crashes a car into a pursuing agent’s car, and he shoots and kills a CIA agent. Dan gets into a prolonged fight with another agent, complete with punching, choking and knife slashing. Dan’s dogs kill the agent offscreen. Dan crashes a second car.

The f-word is heard nine times. The s-word is used four times. “H—” is used twice. God’s name is misused twice, and one is in the form of “g-dd–n.”

Jun. 16, 2022—S1, Ep2: “II”

Dan rents a temporary home to lay low, and he forms a fast relationship with his renter. A CIA officer learns that another agent may be connected with Dan’s sketchy past.

Dan references rape and murder. He breaks into a junkyard to steal car parts. We see Dan shirtless, and many scars are displayed on his back. Dan shoots and kills two police officers, and he shoots and kills a woman. Dan has a vision of his dead wife.

A man references a warlord who killed a lot of people. A woman texts while driving. A CIA agent discovers that a girl had died by suicide. A man hires a hitman to kill Dan.

The f-word is used six times and is once preceded by “mother.” The s-word is used once. “H—” and “d–n” are also used occasionally. God’s name is misused three times; once is in the form of “g-dd–n.” Jesus’ name is misused once.

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Kennedy Unthank

Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics. He doesn’t think the ending of Lost was “that bad.”

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