MI-5: Volume 2 (DVD)
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.
When it comes to delivering exciting and
dramatic espionage stories, few do it as well as the British, as evidenced by the BBC's high-tech spy series MI-5
(known to U.K. audiences as Spooks
). And the hit show's second season, which is compiled and well-annotated in this five-disc set, serves up more international intrigue while ratcheting up the drama in the lives of its main characters, most notably team leader Tom Quinn (Matthew MacFayden). Season 2 opens quite literally with a bang, with Tom's girlfriend and young daughter are trapped inside their house with a booby-trapped laptop set to explode ("Legitimate Targets"). From there, the tension escalates in each episode, with the MI-5 team facing extremists ("Nest of Angels"), computer espionage ("Hackers"), and illegal arms trading ("Clean Skin"). But the series' most intriguing wrinkle comes in its final episodes, starting with a visit by the U.S. President, and concluding with a cliffhanger season closer that calls Tom's loyalty into question. Solid performances by the program's cast and intelligent scripting should help boost MI-5
's rapidly growing and rabidly loyal viewership, who should also appreciate the extensive supplemental features in this boxed set. As with the previous MI-5 set
, all 10 episodes are uncut and presented in widescreen format, with commentary by cast and crew, nine behind-the-scenes featurettes, and two hours of deleted scenes chief among the bonus material. --Paul Gaita