Tuesday, November 02, 2010

North face - Spooks in far fetched shocker

As the current series of Spooks drives headlong into a dramatic conclusion can I confess to feeling a little out of patience with the script writers. It is a ludicrous complaint to level at a series built on the very foundation rock of preposterous flights of fancy, but I just can't buy into the current Lucas North story.

Let me explain. Spooks is essentially a character-based drama set in a workplace. As it's a domain that deals with issues none of us have any experience of, we have to suspend any sense of realism or believability. No, that's not my issue. I just can't get my head around the simple identity theft of Lucas North's life by "John". It doesn't square with any of the actions and desires and sacrifices hitherto made by the same character. Or MI5's vetting procedures. As a storyline it has lost its way completely.

This is shame, I like Iain Glenn's character Vaughn Edwards, good murky wheeling and dealing at the fringes of Spookdom. Glenn is also superb at the bluff and double bluff he brings to each scene.

So, I'm still hooked, still buzzing from it and can't wait for next week's episode.

As for Harry and Ruth. Get a room. Please.


Anonymous said...

You have no idea how badly I *wish* Harry and Ruth would get a room!

Anonymous said...

You have no idea just how badly I wish Harry and Ruth *would* get a room!

@steverg said...

I agree that the identity stealing was a little incongruous but my main problem with it, is the name "John". I struggle to make the shift from "Lucas North", to "John".

Not that I have anything against the name John, it's the juxtaposition that bothers me - might as well have called him Steve or something!