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The stories are realistic and timely, the acting superb (with one exception), and the action is fast-paced. Actress Genevieve O'Reilly struggles with an American accent and some decidedly non-American idioms, but that's a minor complaint.
And in typical MI-5 fashion, Section D sustains personnel losses, often when the viewer least expects it. Long-time viewers will be pleased to see Ruth Evershed return in an exceptionally good storyline, and in another Lucas North is confronted by the man who imprisoned and tortured him for 8 years. I'm a fan of Richard Armitage, but I watched the series before he joined and will continue till the Powers That Be cease production.
On its' worst day, MI-5 beats 99% of other dramas' best days hands down.
MI-5 not only escapes that fate, but actually breaks it and throws it in the trash bin. After eight years, the series is strong, engrossing, intelligent, suspenseful, and continues to expand on it's base story line, the "defense of the realm" by common people who become officers of "5" from all walks of life. This is easily one of the best produced, acted, and scripted television shows ever made, and that's saying a lot, but, in my opinion, its absolutely the truth. These episodes are like 60-minute movies rather than TV shows, and the suspense and intrigue so immense that there can only be counted two, or perhaps three, truly "weak" episodes in the eight year run of some 70 - 80 episodes (and one of the weakest episodes is the pilot, which is typical as new shows get started and are unsure how to immediately handle all the show's components).Read more ›
But, although I do think names are massively important (Juliet, let us remember, was wrong, wrong, wrong,) none of that really matters with this series. It's just so amazingly good . . . .
In most long-running series, the production values get better while the plots get worse. Not true here. The issues are timely and sharply focused and remarkably balanced. As an American, I feel the slings and arrows of British opposition to our foreign policy, but fair enough. I've started using clips from the series in my Humanities class as examples of how much the US resembles the Athens of Thucydides.
As the other reviewer says, the casting is impeccable. And I've been hoping for the return of Ruth, the dead-pan intel genius.
This is a great series at a good price. My only complaint is that there are so very few episodes.
PS and I agree with the first reviewer about the CIA woman's accent/vocab; who could believe a CIA operative saying "I don't like being messed about" ???
In short, love the show, and loved season 8 almost, but not quite, as much. Aspects of both the story arc and individual stories had strong echoes of seasons past and made me wonder if the shows best days are behind it.
Also a gripe -- as I write this episode 6 is not available. Why? Somewhat unlikely that a single episode in the middle of a series has different licensing issues than the rest of the season.
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Good story writing in this season. It's more of the Lucas North we fell in love with in season 7. Highly recommend for any Richard Armitage fan.Published 3 months ago by Maria Day
Another great season of this fine series. Enjoyable because of good casting, writing and above all acting.Published 5 months ago by zebweb
I had long been waiting for the US release of Spooks (MI-5) Volume 8. I am happy to report that after viewing it, I was not disappointed, for this latest foray into... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Randy Takayama