October 6, 2010
Spooks Article in The Independent: Excerpts...Sincere thx to Musa for headsup..
Characters getting killed in TV spy series is nothing new, but has Spooks knocked off too many to be taken seriously? By Ben Walsh - Wednesday, 6 October 2010, The Independent
>Has there ever been a TV show as wilfully preposterous as Spooks?<
[Huh? Did he miss the next to last season of ’24’ when the White House was invaded(has to be the most secure piece of real estate on the planet) and female US Pres taken hostage?? Nothing so far in series 7 to ep3,S9 has been quite that preposterous in Spooks, has it?.]
>Has any other long-running series ever been so pitilessly dismissive, careless even, with its main characters? ..Or the Scooby Doo gang – Velma, Shaggy, Scooby himself – being systematically tortured one episode, and shot dead the next, as befell Miranda Raison's Jo in Spooks, series eight. Okay, these are silly comparisons, but Spooks is a supremely daft series. It makes 24 seem restrained.<
[Beg to differ w/last remark re ‘24’ - it often could‘ve been perceived as super daffy. Well, that’s true for those individuals still living in denial of the current realities in the world. The writer would’ve probably considered those predicting, during the 1930s, a Hitler triggered conflagration to be daft as well (some did have that attitude as we learn from today's history books) Case in point for all doubters - look at current headlines re conditions in Pakistan. The Taliban is attacking & destroying NATO fuel supplies. These are Islamist radicals and we all know their ultimate goal, which is world domination. Especially unnerving when you consider Pakistan is a nuclear nation.]
As for Jack Bauer - he was exposed to nuclear radiation…near death for almost an entire season & managed to survive and thrive. I’d match that preposterous scenario w/anything in Spooks IF almost all of it wasn’t actually tragic possibilities; unless, that is, western nations are prepared to deal deftly with current threats. Believe Ros would’ve agreed with that sentiment. p.s. Interesting to learn the world has apparently been treated to Scooby Doo & the Gang:]
Spooks, which is easing..into its ninth series, zeroes in on a small, not terribly merry band of MI5 officers working in a laughter-free office known as The Grid.
[I reiterate..huh? Didn’t he hear the Nancy Drew jokes in S8?…or Ros’s cutting aside about Lucas being forced to spend an afternoon in the line of duty at a strip club? Hehe Lucas's saucy smile after her remark made it clear he’d selflessly do whatever it takes to keep the UK safe..St. Lucas,,err, John??:]
Crème de la crème remark:
>And what, for the love of god, is happening with MI5's vetting process? It is, frankly, shoddy. Our new rugged, square-jawed hero, Lucas North (Richard Armitage) isn't who he seems. He appears to be someone called John, as a shifty Iain Glen keeps on popping up to inform us. Surely someone at the vetting stage would have twigged this?<
[Unfortunately, many clever people do manage to evade even the most efficient screening processes. There’s a long list of double-agent master spies to prove it.]
>Not many series would get away with this, and after poor, doe-eyed Jo and rock-hard secret agent Ros were disposed with, I didn't feel like "playing" any more… if Harry's spymaster walks out, or is slaughtered, I really do think I'll stop playing.<
[Obviously he considers himself childish to keep watching but evidently can’t help himself…it’s mindful of some females, after they’ve watched N&S..they compulsively stumble unto RA sites mumbling “this never happened to me before"..]