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Spook'd Out !
on 31 March 2011
Recently a well respected motoring journalist wrote regarding the launch of a majour manufacturers replacement for a best selling model that was "not very good" that no matter what was written the faithful would still go out and buy and hey presto! another best seller..
..Forward to Spooks 9 ,this is also "not very good" but the faithful who must make up 99% of the target market will buy regardless - and that includes yours truly.
My overwhelming sensation of "9" is that the new writers wanted to make their mark by re-inventing the series paying little attention to what had gone before..
...The sinster organisation that has been the main story arc recently was hastily and ludicrously dumped in the opening scenes by claiming one of the series sympathetic characters was to blame,no evidence,and bumped off.They decided to ramp up the "love angle",make Sir Harry more "human" and error prone and then have us believe Lucas was a totally different person who would go completely off the rails over somebody he had a colledge fling with..beggars belief really.
The first half is lazy cliched plotting,2 bombs threats averted in the nick of time plus a "magic bomb" that saves the day,seemingly impossible situations solved by "hang on I have an idea!"everything micro controlled by a just out of uni' whizz kid (to appeal to a younger audience ?),countless times you hear "48 hours ! we need it now - hang on I can do it 2, I have an idea !",first heard I think uttered by Scotty in Star Trek,they also seem to have perfected Trek's matter transporter as they travel effortlessly from place to place in busy London ,to arrive usually in the nick of time,again.It also features in episode 1 what must be the worlds fastest submarines as they exceed the motorway speed limit up/under the Thames.The 2 newbies have had character bypasses especialy Dimitri who appears to have graduated from the school of wooden acting (Grade A pass) etc etc.
The second half dealing with the de constructon of Lucas ,if related back to previous episodes is complete nonsense,none of it makes any sense,the main reactions being "what""why"to the attempt to create an alternative reality to justify the plot.
All said and done it is not without its excitements and at least one truly shocking moment but should be viewed as an average stand alone drama.
Spooks 9 should carry a "Faithful Beware !" warning,on this performance I am dreading the next one,would I buy it ? Well I am of the Faithful,but maybe for not much longer......