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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Language, crackling sexual tension in fun escapist thriller.

TV HBO Comedy 2020
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Billy and Ruby have so much crackling tension in this thrilling comedy (or is it a comic thriller?) that viewers will be forgiven for primarily wishing the two would go ahead and kiss already. But Run is all about teasing out the story and its two leads, slowly revealing what they're running from and why as the pair inch ever closer to the inevitable outpour of all that sexual energy. Wever, so good as a gentle yet intrepid detective on Unbelievable, is on fire in Run, oscillating between confidence, exhilaration, arousal, and regret in the space of a few minutes.

The chemistry between Billy and Ruby is enormous, magnificent, so strong that within a few minutes of meeting, each retires separately to an Amtrak bathroom to pleasure themselves and take the edge off. It's easy to see they're still enchanted by each other, harder to understand what each is running from, though those surprises are doled out judiciously, episode by episode. Naturally, both have things in their past that can't be left behind, and people who are looking for them, and though the drama cheats a wee bit with narrative curveballs involving a lack of cell service (really? On the corridor from NYC to Chicago, no service?) to hold them off, the complications start piling up and threaten to derail their hastily conceived plans. But that'll only make viewers more confounded and compelled by this great escape of a series. All aboard -- wherever Billy and Ruby go, you'll want to follow.

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