"Spooks", the highly acclaimed BBC spy drama, has long been valued for its gritty and raw intensity. Creative and tension thumping story lines delivered by a range of talented actors make "Spooks" an excellent show for anyone who enjoys political dramas or stories of spies.
Spooks Code 9, however, fails to follow in the shadows or footsteps of "Spooks" to such an extent that it is near impossible to see why it has even been published under the same branding. Set in the aftermath of a nuclear bomb in the not too distant future, the security services have been re calibrated. Viewers are told that since 'terrorists are getting younger... new and youthful spies are being recruited to fight the new threats'.
Thus, a new breed of uninteresting and slightly post-puberty spies are trying to learn the ropes of playing with gadgets and dealing with equally unimpressive terrorists. Sadly, the show seems to lack creative input in terms of story, and this is combined with a cast who seem inexperienced for a show of this genre.
"Spooks" season 7 will begin this autumn and hopefully the MI5 team will be back in full glory to deal with the new and rising threats of terrorists and even low budget poorly written dramas like Spooks Code:9.
Spooks Code:9 has only just begun and so may still gather some interest and momentum. In the meantime, however, it appears to be leaving a slight scar on the highly acclaimed "Spooks" franchise. My advice is to simply avoid this show like a nuclear bomb.