MI-5, Volume 4
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MI-5: Volume 4 (DVD)
As the fourth season of MI-5 begins the stories are more relevant than ever before. The series has always been fast-paced a hard-hitting but now the battleground of national security provides an even more dramatic backdrop to the challenges facing the team from MI-5. The group were left reeling after the shocking death of Danny at the hands of hostage-takers as the last season concluded. Now Adam, Harry, Ruth, Fiona and rising star Zafar set out to become even stronger in their battle to safeguard the nation.]]>
British intelligence unit MI-5 has survived terrorists, assassins, political intrigue, and American interference, but can it withstand the loss of some of its main characters? In fact it can! Rupert Penry-Jones, as wily agent Adam Carter (intoduced last season), comfortably takes the lead while some fresh faces (like Anna Chancellor, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) fill out the solid continuing supporting cast. The show's strengths are uninterrupted: Zippy exposition that crams a season's worth of plot into a single episode; cunningly intertwined plot threads and compelling twists; clever use of gadgetry and surveillance devices; and sterling guest stars, including Martine McCutcheon (Love Actually), Rupert Graves (Different for Girls), and Douglas Hodge (The Way We Live Now).
All ten episodes of the fourth series of MI-5 (known as Spooks in the U.K.) mix high-tension plots with thorny political debate--is torture justifiable to save lives? Can dirty tricks be used for democratic ends? Naturally, since our heroes are the agency, the show comes down on their side...but enough shades of gray exist to give the show some intelligent bite. When it turns out an innocent man has been imprisoned for two years, has his imprisonment turned him into the terrorist he didn't used to be? Combine this with crisp dialogue, tense performances, and moments of inspired direction (like the gripping gunfight lit almost exclusively by muzzle flashes) and you've got a top-notch spy series. The extras are few but include interviews with actors, directors, and producers. --Bret Fetzer
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Season Four again focuses on a new series of threats to the UK, and, perhaps more than any other season to date, has a "thematic" flavor that carries through the entire season. And although it seems increasingly impossible that the show could ever match the emotional excitement and achievement of each last season, Season Four raises the bar once again and seems to defy all "regression to the mean." I liken the show to one of those plate twirlers who gets a plate spinning up in the air at the top of one of those skinny sticks, and while you are trying to understand how he is doing it, starts another plate stirring on a second stick while keeping the first going. And then, to your incredulity, he adds yet a third plate on a third stick, and now maintains all three plates. You scratch your head with amazement even as you watch him keep all three plates twirling on those sticks, and yet he does it right in front of you. That's what MI-5 is like as you enter the third and fourth seasons.
Because of the complexity and the intellectual development of characters (as well as the plots themselves), it is best to watch MI-5 in order by episode, with no skipping of episodes, and this makes the DVD release of the show perhaps the very best manner in which to view the production. The DVDs allow you to step your way through each season, episode by episode, thereby viewing the show in the manner in which it was intended to be viewed. This gives you the ability to watch how characters are developed, and to better gain an understanding of how the MI-5 Section D group works. With the exception of the very first episode of Season One (the first episode is really not up to the standards of all the remaining ones, an issue attributable to the difficulties inherent in plot development) the shows are incredibly exciting, but also intelligently written in a way that will make you re-think the issues surrounding the role of the security forces in countries, what actions should and should not be allowed, the best way to address classes of threats, the implications for a free society when eliminating threats, the intersection of political and security concerns, and much more. You might at first glace think that MI-5, as an entertainment production, would be no more than that; but MI-5 is certainly more than a simple entertainment show. Be prepared to be entertained, but also mentally stimulated.
This is a truly amazing show. It's easily seven stars out of five. And the prices of the discs have come down dramatically from earlier years. But don't forget: you need to watch these IN ORDER. If you haven't seen it yet, start with Season One, work your way through that first not-so-good episode, and then watch the thing take of a like a jet. You'll be hooked by the time you get to the end of Season One.
MI-5, Volume 1
MI-5, Volume 2
MI-5, Volume 3
MI-5, Volume 4
MI-5: Volume 5
MI-5, Volume 6
MI-5, Volume 7
MI-5: Volume 8
Mi-5: Volume 9
Volume 10 not yet released (Dec 2011)
The constant character shift in MI-5 is amazing. Characters are killed or are sent away. No ones enter the picture. It is a constant shift. Peter Firth as Harry Pearce, the head of the MI-5, is the one constant and the glue that binds the series together. Nicola Walker as Ruth Evershed is my favorite. Lovely, insecure yet amazingly skilled with computer skills, Ruth is the other keystone in the series.
The stories can be over the top but there is a fun to it and the series is addictive. Unlike in US shows, we usually know very quickly who the criminals are. With London's maize of close circuit TV cameras, every crime is caught on video. Add in MI-5's amazing Facial Recognition technology and the terrorist has a name. Our MI-5 spies are adept at breaking into homes and placing secret cameras and audio bugs. With all this technology, it still takes time to get the evidence needed for an arrest.
The last episode leaves us with a serious cliff hanger. I have to hurry and get Season 5 to see what happens. A former spy has gone wild with "proof" that the MI-5 was responsible for Princess Diana's death. What is the real truth?
Season 4 did not delve as much into the personal lives and conflicts of the spies and the previous seasons, although there is one major cast change and the emotional conflict this causes.
The series if fun and addictive. It is far from perfect but it has charm and adventure.
I watched the first eight seasons that were free on Amazon Prime and am ready to purchase the DVDs of the final two seasons. I periodically rewatch various episodes to appreciate the way in which the writers construct the stories and develop the characters. The directing is solid and the technical elements are very well done.
Thank you, Amazon Prime!