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The stakes are raised in the new series of the award-winning MI-5, as the threat to national security increases and the nee to thwart the activities of terrorists operating within the UK becomes more urgent. Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) and the team find themselves at the heart of the action and must deal with the psychological fall-out of leading such dangerous double-lives.]]>
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The arc of the quality here seems to be the complete reverse of Series 1. While I enjoyed both series, Series 1 had been marred by a pilot that made precious little sense and carried almost no sense of danger. Series 2 starts off on a roll and retains its momentum all the way until the final episode, when a somewhat contrived plot, too much exposition and a forced ending (which the writer admits was necessitated by a question about whether a cast member would return for Series 3) mar the enjoyment.
But it remains a strong 10 episodes. All the talent involved -- directors, writers, actors -- appear to be more comfortable since the template of the show was already so clear from the first series. Matthew MacFadyen is given more of a chance to chomp scenery, and he excels at it -- his marvellous way with confrontational dialogue is made more enjoyable by the fact that he still has that boyish face which sometimes can sneak into '80s Tom Cruise territory, but when he turns on the heat, MacFadyen's intensity is electrifying. Keeley Hawes still has the ability to light up the screen with her English-rose beauty, but she's also given a mix of a heartbreaking subplot as well as some deadpan jokes, both of which she delivers with aplomb. Megan Dodds is superb as CIA agent Christine Dale, an oddball cross of mischievous schoolgirl and vicious ice goddess. The fact that she never completely slides into either role makes her endlessly interesting to watch, and Dodds makes for a much stronger romantic interest for MacFadyen than Series 1's Esther Hall (Ellie).Read more ›
This show makes Alias look like Romper Room. These 1-hour versions give you the WHOLE show, not the 44-minute A&E butcher jobs. It's like watching a densely plotted mini movie with continuing characters. Macfadyen, Hawes, and Firth are terrific, etching flawed but believable characters. Wonderful stuff.
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i have read a few reviews comparing this show with the american show 24. sorry but other than terrorist story lines now and then this show is just so much better and very... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Daniel
Typically well done British TV with superb cast of actors and fascinating stories that could very well be true. Matthew MacFayden is a real leading actor.Published 3 months ago by VP Customer
This is my favourite episode of Spooks. I wanted a digital copy, but this version has been edited.
Subtle yet important lines of dialogue have been cut, primarily... Read more
Well done. My only problem now is trying to stop and get some sleep ;) I'm averaging 3-4 hrs/night. Even though terrorism is a common theme for action shows this has a good... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tcoopnj
MI-5 was one of my all time favorite series. In series 2 I think only one I had seen before. It is very interesting from a historical perspective to look back at the world of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charles Randyl Britten