MI-5, Vol. 3
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MI-5: Volume 3 (DVD)Worlds collide and nothing is what it seems in the thrilling new installment of MI-5. Tom has been branded a traitor and has disappeared, while Harry is in the hospital, seriously wounded. There's dissension in the ranks as Danny and Zoe are determined to clear Tom's name and an enemy they never thought possible has put the entire service at risk. An enigmatic agent, Adam Carter (Rupert Penry-Jones) has been recruited from MI-6 to help pick up the broken pieces but with his track record nobody will be safe.]]
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How does a spy have a personal life? What do you tell a potential love interest once they have been "vetted" and cleared?
Series 3 takes us on a fascinating journey into the minds of the agents. Nothing or no one is ever as they seem. Adam Carter enters as a new top spy "borrowed" from sister spy agency MI:6. Soon his exotic and daring spy wife also joins the team. There's no chance of not taking their work home between these two.
The final 2 episodes of series 3 take a deep look into the psyche and morality of the "good guy" spies. How far would they go to save the nation from a terrorist attack? Is torture ever justified if innocent lives are at stake? Is it just "collateral damage" to destroy an innocent life or two to save hundreds or thousands? These issues ring true today in a world that has changed in the last few years.
The series does not end with a cliffhanger but there is a shocking and surprise ending that will leave fans stunned. Yet the ending fits the show and makes it all the more interesting.
Because of the complexity and the intellectual development of characters (as well as the plots themselves), it is best to watch MI-5 in order by episode, with no skipping of episodes, and this makes the DVD release of the show perhaps the very best manner in which to view the production. The DVDs allow you to step your way through each season, episode by episode, thereby viewing the show in the manner in which it was intended to be viewed. This gives you the ability to watch how characters are developed, and to better gain an understanding of how the MI-5 Section D group works. With the exception of the very first episode of Season One (the first episode is really not up to the standards of all the remaining ones, an issue attributable to the difficulties inherent in plot development) the shows are incredibly exciting, but also intelligently written in a way that will make you re-think the issues surrounding the role of the security forces in countries, what actions should and should not be allowed, the best way to address classes of threats, the implications for a free society when eliminating threats, the intersection of political and security concerns, and much more. You might at first glace think that MI-5, as an entertainment production, would be no more than that; but MI-5 is certainly more than a simple entertainment show. Be prepared to be entertained, but also mentally stimulated.
Season Three has some significant changes in how 5 and the story lines surrounding it is constructed, and since I never want to give out plot spoilers, I will not say anything more than that. As we move into the Season Three and Four episodes, we see with ever more intensity how the members of 5 are asked to sacrifice in all kinds of ways, and we also see the toll that their service takes on them as they do so. The earlier Season Two brought the level of drama and emotional intrigue so high as to make it seem unsustainable: yet, Season Three, and then Season Four, moves the bar even higher. Its one of the rarest of shows that keeps building on its success, stays more than fresh, and meets the challenge of surpassing previous seasons. I liken it to one of those plate twirlers who gets a plate spinning up in the air at the top of one of those skinny sticks, and while you are trying to understand how he is doing it, starts another plate stirring on a second stick while keeping the first going. And then, to your incredulity, he adds yet a third plate on a third stick, and now maintains all three plates. You scratch your head with amazement even as you watch him keep all three plates twirling on those sticks, and yet he does it right in front of you. That's what MI-5 is like as you enter the third season.
This is a truly amazing show. It's easily seven stars out of five. And the prices of the discs have come down dramatically from earlier years. But don't forget: you need to watch these IN ORDER. If you haven't seen it yet, start with Season One, work your way through that first not-so-good episode, and then watch the thing take of a like a jet. You'll be hooked by the time you get to the end of Season One.
MI-5, Volume 1
MI-5, Volume 2
MI-5, Volume 3
MI-5, Volume 4
MI-5: Volume 5
MI-5, Volume 6
MI-5, Volume 7
MI-5: Volume 8
Mi-5: Volume 9
Volume 10 not yet released (Dec 2011)
As I said before, this season is so very good with beloved characters leaving and/or sadly meeting their demise being replaced by some very intriguing folk. The acting is really great.
If you, like me, love "high tech" nail biting spy thrillers, you really cannot get any better than Season three (3) of MI-5.
Note to BBC America: You should be putting this show in schedule more often; and at a reasonable time of day on a predictable basis, instead of just tossing in an episode here or there in the middle of the night.