MI-5, Vol. 1
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Defending their country, deceiving their friends, MI-5 takes us into the secret world of the clandestine UK security servi and the people who make up the elite team. This exciting, fast paced drama, full of split screens and technical wizardry, explores the passion, jeopardy and intrigue of people who have to lie for a living and deceive their loved ones about what they do.]]>
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The lead "spook" is Tom Quinn, played by Matthew MacFadyen. He runs an undercover operations team, the most prominent members of which are Zoe Reynolds (Keeley Hawes) and Danny Hunter (David Oyelowo). The interior of MI-5's London HQ, Thames House, is ultramodern and high tech; the CIA probably never had it so good. Tom's boss is the hardboiled and sphinx-like Harry Pearce, played by Peter Firth.
Admittedly, I didn't become engaged until episodes three and four, when I realized that the intricate scripts, fast-paced and tautly presented, transcended the glitz. I'm now hooked, and eagerly await the DVD release of the Season 2 episodes in late 2004. My only remaining complaint is the too clever lead-in to each episode which requires excessive button-pushing on the remote to navigate. I mean, just get on with it. Prince Charles will become King in a shorter time.Read more ›
But as Episode 2 rolled along, it's like the show woke up from slumber and began to gallop.
The comparisons to 24 are a little convenient -- two espionage shows on two sides of the Atlantic, both surfacing around the crucial year of 2001? But if you go into MI-5 expecting the ferocious action, ruthless characters, endless treacheries and gritty camera work of 24, you'd probably be a little disappointed. MI-5 doesn't quite have the gut punch of 24 -- few shows do -- but what it does have is a very good cast, unusual plotting, a quirky sense of humour, and an eye for detail for the minutiae of life in espionage. Also, because it's not bound to the real-time and L.A.-centric conceits of 24, MI-5 is actually broader in scope, dealing with Irish terrorists, Islam, race-motivated hate crimes, and European anarchists all within the first six episodes collected here.
While I was initially skeptical of how babyfaced the actors looked, they prove to be very fine performers. According to the supplementary materials on the DVDs, half of the members of MI-5 in real life are under the age of 40, so in that respect, the casting would make sense.Read more ›
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Fast and smart action if you can deal with snarky attitude toward cousinsPublished 13 days ago by Bubbles
I started watching this series beginning with season 7 and loved every episode through the end. I wanted to go back to the beginning and watch seasons 1-6 to complete the entire... Read morePublished 1 month ago by GEORGE
Gripping, gritty spy stories that don't hesitate to go very dark indeed. I like it a lot. My only caveat is that the DVD transfers are mediocre at best. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. R. M.
joyless, grim, and ultimately boring. It's not like it's realistic either. All that would be fine but the writing is poor. Tour average 10th grader could do better.Published 3 months ago by JR Bob
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