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disappointing decrease in quality,
This review is from: MI-5: Vol. 5 (DVD)
The MI5 series started as a no-nonsense series with spooks able to deal with all kinds of situations. But as the series continues, and especially in the 5th season, it becomes politically correct to modern standards. Suddenly the officers don't carry arms anymore, or at least very seldom, and the enemies are sought more within the British system than outsides, especially in the Arab and/or Muslim world. There is less violence than in the beginning, and there is more "let's talk about it" atmosphere. Very disappointing. But the situation changes if suspected Israeli agents come into play. Suddenly they are the bad guys, suddenly they are more violent than any other counterpart MI5 encountered in the last 4 seasons and suddenly the SAS, when storming an embassy (again) can shoot straight. Of course they shoot the Israelis, even when they are on the ground, numb from an explosion. You wouldn't (and haven't) see this when it comes to Muslim terrorists. But as it's only Israelis, nobody cares.
Oh, and yes, of course, in this seasons more than ever before the Americans are the bad and stupid ones, and the spooks of her Majesty are of course, although outnumbered and out-resourced, the heroes.
Rather cheap and disappointing. Another thing is that after politics economic powers took over: I appreciated the car diversity in this series - Peugeot, Lexus, Renault, Jaguar, LAnd Rover ... all kind of cars. Since season 5 the Volkswagen Group took over, and Harry switches to Audi, Ruth to SEAT, the SAS arrives in a VW van, and even the Israeli ambassador drives a Porsche (which no Israeli ambassador I know would do). It is a pitty. I strongly reconsider buying the following seasons.
So, for all the viewers who would like to see unarmed far-from-reality agents acting politically correct, bashing Americans and Israelis - go and watch MI5. For those who liked the first three seasons - don't continue to season 5. Keep the good memory of the first seasons.