Series / Hit And Miss
Hit and Miss
(2012) is a six episode Sky Atlantic drama series starring American film actress Chloe Sevigny
utilizing an Irish accent. It has a simple, if bizarre premise, following as it does Transgender
hitwoman Mia as she discovers that she has a son by her late former girlfriend, Wendy, and Mia's attempts to bring her family together. The series did not get renewed for a second series.
- Action Girl: Mia
- Action Mom
- Dark Action Girl: She does kill people for a living...
- Lady of War: Zig-zagged. Mia glamours it up off the job, but dresses very practically (and, probably, deliberately androgynously) when taking out a mark.
- Adult Fear: You think your child is safe when they're actually taking the hand of a stranger and being led far into the woods…
- Affably Evil: Eddie seems friendly enough, but don't piss him off.
- Anti-Hero: Mia, depending on your point of view.
- Anti-Villain: Mia, again, depending on your point of view. Eddie even more so.
- Big Brother Bully: Mia's brother Philip, to a truly nightmarish extent.
- Bi the Way: Mia probably would be this if not for No Bisexuals; she tells the kids she identifies as straight, but emphasizes that her love for Wendy was real.
- British Brevity
- Cheerful Child: Despite (or because of) hallucinating her mother (or does she receive visitations from her ghost?), Leonie seems reasonably blithe.
- Cliffhanger: The series ends Eddie pointing a gun at Mia's head, while Ryan aims a rifle at Eddie. The series was not renewed.
- Corruption of a Minor: Eddie takes a special interest in Levi and decides to pay him to move "packages" and take messages about "jobs" being done.
- Creepy Child: Ryan gets a moment of this in the third episode, when he responds to being told to disect a frog by holding a scalpel to his own throat, then stabbing the teacher's tie into the desk.
- Dead Guy Junior: Sort of. Mia's son Ryan is named after her male identity. So "Ryan" would have been dead to Wendy.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: After the punch in the head, Aaron seems to stop bullying Ryan and actually become his friend for... some reason.
- Double Meaning Title: Mia's a female (miss) hitman trying to maneuver her way in a family that seems ambivalent at best and actively wanting her out at worst.
- Drink Order: Mia likes her brandy.
- Dysfunctional Family: Oh, Lord. Ryan's withdrawn and being bullied, Levi spends his afternoons assaulting girls by pulling their clothing up or down to reveal undergarments and snapping photos, Riley's fucking the asshole landlord actively trying to kick them out at every turn, and Leonie cuts off her dolls' hair to resemble her mother during chemotherapy and tries to communicate with her through them. For all her issues with connecting with the family, the fact that Mia's actually trying makes her the most well-adjusted member and she kills people for a living!
- Easy Sex Change: Averted. Mia has to take hormone pills and use hormone cream; she starts to panic when she misses them for a single day.
- Empty Shell: Mia's mother in the last episode. After a fashion, anyway; she seems barely aware of the world.
- Fake Irish: Chloe Sevigny put on the accent quite well, by all report, but she's American.
- Foreshadowing: We see the kids' stalker playing on a sports therapy football team for men with learning disabilities and mental health problems that Ben runs before he takes Leonie or is revealed to be their mentally ill uncle.
- Gender Reveal: Within the first five minutes, in a piece of full-frontal nudity.
- Hitman with a Heart: Mia turns out to be one of these, especially when she adopts the kids as her own.
- Insane Equals Violent: Surprisingly subverted with the man who took Leonie, who turns out to be Wendy's brother Liam.
- In the Blood: For Leonie and Liam, hallucinations. For Mia and Ryan, badassery.
- I Wished You Were Dead: In one of the most positively intentioned iterations of this trope, Ryan prayed that his terminally-afflicted-with-cancer mom would be taken away by angels so she wouldn't have to suffer anymore, but still felt responsible for her death when it came.
- Jerk Ass: The landlord.
- Mama Bear: Ben has apparently never heard of this trope, because he calls the violent look in Mia's eyes when the family finds the man who took Leonie "not very lady-like" and wonders if there's still "a bit of man" in her.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Mia gives one to the Landlord who's been giving her trouble.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Averted so far. It's almost impossible to tell that Sevigny is American.
- Oop North: Set and filmed in and near Manchester.
- Once an Episode: A nude scene showing off the prosthetic and someone dies.
- Professional Killer: Mia.
- Promotion to Parent: Riley, to the point of actively trying to keep Mia from having anything to do with the family.
- Punch Clock Villain: Mia doesn't actually seem to enjoy killing people, nor is she a sociopath; she's just really good at it.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Mia is pretty classically Irish in appearance and gets a lot of male attention (including male attention she'd just as soon not get from her skeevy landlord).
- Samus Is a Girl: Surprise, the hooded killer in the first five minutes of the first episode is our female protagonist! A Double Subversion in that she's also revealed in those first five minutes to have a penis.
- Sexual Extortion: John had an "arrangement" with Wendy and tries to have the same with Mia. She pretends to acquiesce, only to have him agree to the arrangement she'd like at gunpoint.
- Snapback: The show does not deal with the ramifications of Mia getting injured badly and taken to hospital. (Either the actual injury or getting taken to hospital? Maybe in Season 2, which won't happen.) Also ignored: Ryan's behavior at school.
- Trans Equals Gay: Played with. This is assumed by Wendy's children and Ben; defied by Mia.
- Traumatic Haircut: Mia's brother inflicts one on her.
- Underestimating Badassery: Something everyone does to Mia. Especially the landlord.
- What Does She See in Him?: John is a thoroughly loathsome human being with apparently no capacity for empathy, a violent streak (it's implied he abuses his wife, let alone everything he does on-screen to Riley), and a general flair for being an asshole. Yet, somehow, he has both a loyal wife and, for most of the series, a frevently devoted teenage mistress.
- Would Hit a Girl: John.
- Your Cheating Heart: John cheats on his pregnant wife with Riley and almost certainly cheated on her with Wendy and would have liked to do the same with Mia.