Ludik Review 2022 Tv Show Series Cast Crew Online
One of the most important parts of any show is a likeable protagonist. Even shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, known for their despicable and morally corrupt players, have people we can support. Ludik, however, does not.
Despite a simple and enjoyable revenge thriller plot, this South African thriller falls apart when it comes to characters, and, in particular, its titular protagonist Daan Ludik. Daan is a pretty horrible person. He constantly belittles his son, he doesn’t really respect his wife, he doesn’t respect his daughter’s boyfriend (who happens to be an Olympic gold medalist), and he’s pretty ruthless overall.
Although the flashbacks in episode 1 partly explain his attitude, the rest of the episodes do nothing to improve his personality. In fact, Daan doesn’t really have a character journey beyond “don’t get caught”, which makes for a rather lukewarm and forgettable journey.
The story itself centers around Daan’s furniture business, Ludik Furniture and Carpets. Daan has made a name for himself in the region, with his trusty driver Charles and a team of experts running a tight ship. The thing is, Daan is hiding a big secret.
It turns out that this operation is just a front for a secret diamond smuggling business, which operates behind the scenes. Daan’s buyer is Farhad, but with great reward comes even greater risk.
When Daan’s brother Swys is kidnapped by Arend Brown, Daan is forced to switch companies to move gear for this sleazy antagonist. As the season progresses, Swys becomes an integral part of the plot and the story evolves into a revenge thriller.
There are additional players who come into the fold later to complicate matters, including Nkala who wants revenge on his dead father and demands answers from Arend. We also have the brigadier investigating Ludik’s business, determined to find out what our protagonist may be hiding. This all leads to an explosive final episode that resolves most of the big plot points, but also leaves things open after a big reveal at the end. No spoilers here though!
With 6 episodes clocked in just under an hour, Ludik has plenty of time to play but the pace is really quite mediocre. It doesn’t help that the sound design is overall uninspired, and the characters are cliched and very tropy. Swys is your typical recovering/relapsed drug addict, Lil is the generic computer whiz, and Daan’s messy family life is typical of a show like this.
But again, all of this could be overlooked if there were any good characters to seek out. Ludik really struggles with that and it’s something that certainly doesn’t get better as the season progresses. In fact, none of the characters really learn or grow either – at least not Swys and Daan anyway.
Ludik could have been an explosive action thriller but instead this one starts out on rocky ground before descending into mediocrity. The story isn’t too bad, but a slow pace and terribly unlikable protagonist make it far less appealing than it should be. It’s really a shame because there is really potential here.