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Stick with it
on 15 May 2008
As series four opens the general feeling is that Adrian Lester took the magic with him when he left at the end of series three, but if you stick with it things do gradually start to improve and by the end you might just appreciate this fourth season as perhaps the most experimental and unique edition of `Hustle' yet...
Episode 1 (8/10) The Hustle team in Hollywood- how could it fail?! Well it starts off slow and the story never really takes advantage of the glamorous setting, but guest performer Robert Wagner is pure American charisma and even if the story falls short of Hustle at its best, there are some great character moments and funny situations to enjoy.
Episode 2 (7/10) takes us back to the gang's usual territory and introduces new gang member Billy Bond with another horse-racing-themed story that doesn't excite as much as the similarly themed `The Last Gamble' from series one, but is still pretty solid.
Episode 3 (7/10) is an episode that twists the plot in all the typically surprising ways, and which also develops the gang's new set-up, as the team adjusts to a new leader in Danny and new member Billy. The wine-scam is slow to involve, but has a nice twist in the tail.
Episode 4 (9/10) is a fantastic return to form, as Billy finally gets a chance to prove his worth. It's a wickedly funny and well-written story, as each of the crew take on an hilarious persona in the fickle world of fashion with an ultimately very satisfying conclusion. `Hustle' is back on track!
Episode 5 (8/10) sees the tables turned on the crew, as they find themselves on the wrong end of a sword, being forced to pay the ultimate price for their crimes. Very solid and inventive with some absorbing animation thrown in to boot.
Episode 6 (9/10) sees the gang make a return to the U.S. with far better results than the opening episode. The glitz and danger of Vegas is the perfect fit for the show and characters. The plot doesn't offer anything particularly different, but the whole gang looks much more at home while attempting to swindle the mob out of their fortune!