The Continental Has Been A Killer Misfire From The John Wick Franchise

The Continental

The Continental: From The World Of John Wick, which is the prequel made by Peacock of the movie series, has been nothing more than a hit-or-miss effort that tries to dig into the wider universe of the hitman. Nevertheless, what it does succeed, is on leaning into the penchant of the films for brutal, bone-crunching action, and a whole bunch of weapons.

The miniseries, which is made in three parts, is an origin story set in the 1970s, for Winston Scott, the chief ally of Wick- who is also the suave manager of a luxury hotel for assassins- who is played by Ian McShane in the films. The Hotel Continental, in the movie, is also home to a whole bunch of the most intriguing Wick mythology, but the miniseries manages to encapsulate it. 

The Continental Miniseries Fails To Find Ground

On the other hand, the throwback Continental takes quite a lot of time in simply figuring out a lot of what should be and then is stuffed to the brim with supporting characters, a bunch of genres, and subplots, from police drama to a heist flick. It finally finds some sort of coherence in its groove in the form of an extremely violent, movie-length finale. Only the most ardent John Wick fans would love to stick to the end of the series. 

In the John Wick movie franchise, Winston runs the posh hotels in New York which are connected to a shadowy guild of international killers. In The Continental, which is set 40 years ago, Winston is a little less powerful and connected, and is simply working as a London businessman when he finds himself nabbed by the goons- and then brought back to America by force. He is then trained by Cormac O’Connor, played by Mel Gibson- who is the owner of the Continental and turns up to be the criminal mentor to both Winston and his older brother Frankie.