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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2013
I have awaited Foyle's return on screen for quite some time, and the wait was definitely worth it. The episodes are well written, interesting and suspenseful. Foyle comes back from America and is immediately approached by MI5: Finally they want him to work for them.
The episodes are really exciting and dramatic. The war is over, and Foyle finds himself in the world of espionage, with the new threat of the Sovjet Union and its spies and schemes lurking around every corner. Foyle manages to use his forensic skills creatively in this new setting. I really like the way the series treats Foyle's balance between doing his job and his moral integrity. The dilemma between the dark and possibly immoral ways of MI5 and the notion of the "greater good" is a returning theme that the series deals with.
Michael Kitchen is as excellent as ever. There is such a great depth behind his subtle way of acting; a lot is being said behind his non-verbal demeanour. His "silent" style is what makes Foyle Foyle. Superb acting, in other words. Honeysuckle Weeks is also back; this time playing a more sombre and tired Sam, reflecting the hardship of the times, without omitting the occasional hilarious moments when she really brings joy and laughter to the episodes. Foyle's war is of course unthinkable without her.
I encountered some disappointments. First of all, I was a little unsatisfied that we did not get to see Foyle's hunt for senator Howard Paige in America, since I have looked forward to this ever since the episode where he got away (50 ships I belive it was), and since the last thing Foyle did in the last series was to go to America. I hope we might get to know more of this later, if they continue the series.
It might have been preferable to have the same actor to play Sam's husband, but this is a minor detail of course. This option was probably not available for the creators at the time, for some reason. That is very understandable and constitutes one of the difficulties of making a prolonged series.
There is also a literal change of colour in the series, especially in the first episode, "The Eternity Ring". A tone of grey dominates the canvas, conveying the dismal and gloomy feeling of post-war Britain, with bombed out buildings and food rationing. This grey appearance loses some of the feel of the earlier Foyle episodes, but does also add to the drama, the difficulties of the time and the moral "grey zone" of the world of espionage and Foyle's new employer, MI5.
I am sorry about the small nit-picks. Maybe I am being somewhat harsh in giving it four out of five stars, because it is a very good comeback for Foyle with dazzling acting performances and interesting plots. I highly recommend it.