This post contains spoilers from the Amazon Prime television series Hanna, so make sure you watch the show before you read further.
Erik threatens Marissa to work with him or he will hurt her family.
Hanna finds documents in Dieter’s apartment that show Erik isn’t her father.
Does Hanna trust Erik or not?
Hanna decides she can no longer trust Erik
When Erik is trying to fly to safety with Hanna, she confronts him with her new-found knowledge and then runs away. Erik is caught in a trap. He is wounded and escapes. Hanna stows away in a boat heading for the UK.
This value shift is a +/-. In the beginning, Hanna is safe and Erik has control of Marissa. By the end of the episode, Hanna no longer trusts Erik and is on the run, Marissa escapes, and Erik is wounded.
Hero’s initial strategy against villain fails – Erik loses control of Marissa and is wounded, his team must now find Hanna and make a new plan.
Hero’s All is Lost Moment, when he must change his approach in order to salvage some form of victory – This might be an all is lost moment, since Hanna is on the run and Erik is being chased and wounded, but if this is the all is lost moment of the first season then it is too early to carry the season. I think their will be another one, and hopefully stronger.
Hero at the Mercy of the Villain – Too early yet.
Hero’s Sacrifice is Rewarded – Too early yet
Hero, Villain, Victim clearly defined – Hero – Hanna; Villain – Marissa; Victim – Maybe Hanna too? (To be determined)
The hero’s object of desire – stop the villain and save the victims
The Power divide between the hero and villain is very large – Hanna is alone, with only her father’s training; Marissa has many resources and men and an agency behind her
Speech in praise of the villain – To early yet, though Erik has warned Hanna that Marissa is dangerous.
More action and intrigue, new knowledge for Hanna and the viewer. Hanna and the viewer are discovering information at the same rate which raises the tension. Most of the action is at the end when Erik has a shoot out with the commandos on the plane. It is not clear what Hanna plans to do now that she has broken ties with Erik.
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