MI-5, Vol. 7
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MI-5: Volume 7 (DVD)
MI-5 Volume Seven stays true to form as the award-winningintelligence drama returns for more highly topical stories with new castmember Richard Armitage (Robin Hood, North and South)! The BAFTA- undercover operations and double-agents, this time with an added danger… a deepening schism with Russia raising new Cold War tensions. Newly free after eight years in a Russian prison, Lucas North (Richard Armitage) is welcomed back by MI-5 supremo and old friend Harry Pearce, who was instrumental in finally securing his release. Lucas is keen to get back to work straight away and, with Section D's current priority operation having a strong Russian connection, he could well prove invaluable. But, after eight years with only a high ranking Russian spymaster for company, can Lucas's loyalty really be taken for granted?]]>
With the long-running UK spy series MI-5 entering its seventh season, the question facing fans is will an abbreviated season deliver the same number of thrills as before? Luckily for them, the eight episodes contained in this set are up to the show's standard of high-octane espionage for the small screen. Things get dramatic in a hurry with the death of a major character in the first episode ("New Allegiances"), which forms the backbone of the series' main concern--growing tensions with the Russians. Trouble on this front is further solidified with the appearance of Lucas North (Richard Armitage), an agent who returns to active duty after eight years in a Russian prison. Though Peter Firth's Harry Pearce vouches for North, his loyalties remain one of the burning questions of the season--which comes to a head with Moscow aiming missiles at London, and a classic MI-5 twist in its reveal of a double agent within the team. Brief doesn't always mean bad, as volume 7 proves, and devotees of the series should find plenty of nail-biting moments throughout the four-disc set.
Extras are unfortunately limited as well; producer Katie Swindon provides commentary on the season closer, "Nuclear Strike," on which she's joined by director Sam Miller and writer Neil Cross. Swindon is also featured on a very brief tour of the show's Moscow locations; a half-hour featurette that covers the making of the season provides the greatest amount of behind-the-scenes information. --Paul Gaita
"Spooks in Russia" featurette
Original UK trailer
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There were a fewer episodes in Series Seven when compared to the other seasons but the action was more intense and the treachery more volatile.
We lose one agent in a spectacular manner early in the season and more are to follow. Hermionie Norris is back as Ros. Richard Armitage joins the cast as Lucas North--a spy who has just been released after 8 years in a Russian prison. He has his demons to deal with and the odd thing is he goes back to work apparently on the same day he returns to London.
This season it is the Russians who are up to no good trying to become an energy super power at the expense of the UK and the rest of the world. It is refreshing to see the Brits saving the world rather than the Americans. In fact, The British and American spies never work together in harmony and there is a constant mistrust of each side's intentions.
As in prior seasons, the loyalty of certain members of the MI-5 come into question. Is Lucas now a double agent? Can he be trusted? Who in the department is leaking information to the Russians. We go down one path that leads nowhere and then another direction and then back to the original direction. It's a wild world of plot twists and conflicting loyalties.
Some of this season appears to have been filmed in Moscow and that just adds to the excitement of the show. The extras in this season are sparse but I did enjoy hearing a producer saying the writers are stretching the limits of reality in the show. The situations are more intense and they have the confidence that the audience will accept that shift in reality.
London is constantly about to be destroyed in a specactular attack but the MI-5 is there just in time to prevent any destruction. There always seems to be a mole in the MI-5 or MI-6 or high up in the government giving information to the "bad" guys. That is the beauty of MI-5, the show.
I enjoy all the high tech gadgets that Malcolm and company use. They have facial recognition software and voice recognition capabilities to track down a suspect. Locations are easily pinpointed. This time The Russians could find the indentity of masked intruders with just a picture of an eye. Modern technology saves the worlds.
I'm ready for Season 8. I can't get enough of MI-5.
MI-5, in case you are unfamiliar with the show, is a section of the security service in the UK that addresses domestic threats. The threats can be of any nature--terrorist, economic, public disturbance, and many others--but these categories of threats are those that are deemed a threat to national security and safety, and MI-5 is called upon to monitor, track, and intervene to address them. The "MI-5" television show attempts to tell a dramatized version of this branch of the security services by allowing us to see the individuals who choose to join "5" and are often unexpectedly impacted by the requirements of the job as they seek to keep the public safety. The episodes usually deal with one specific threat and 5's response to it, yet many episodes are woven together into a larger, more long running story that encompasses many episodes, sometimes, an entire season. That's why "MI-5" is best watched in episode-by-episode order, starting with Season One.
In Season Seven, we see the story pushed forward into ever more dramatic situations than before. It's a Season where a number of major changes in the show takes place, and there are some truly unexpected and dramatic events that take place. Yet the show maintains its relentless move forward, and story lines, acting, and directing are still at a pinnacle of performance, and the show continues to build on its previous six seasons of history, resulting in episodes that tackle a whole new level of security threats. The interaction of Section D of MI-5 with the government is more highlighted in this Season than in others, as well.
MI-5 is intense, dramatic, powerful, intelligent, and gorgeously filmed and acted. It is certainly one of the best shows the BBC has ever put together, a premier offering among an admittedly excellent grouping of shows already made by them. The series helps us to think upon the issues surrounding intelligence and security in a country, and the intersections between liberty and safety with which any free country must deal. It's a superb exercise in filmmaking.
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)
One beef though: BBC America, please stop putting in the commercials in the beginning... every time I play the disc, it's really not fun to keep on pressing the button to skip so many of them. I'd rather focus just on the product that I asked for, thank you very much.
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