[Spooks] Series 09 – Episode 01 Review

Spooks Season 09 - I Spy Drama Ahoy. Sorry about that.

Spooks Season 09 - I Spy Drama Ahoy. Sorry about that.

What’s It About?

Still reeling from last season’s finale, Section D are back in action, tracking Somalian AQ terrorist Abib on a boat from Tangier. A boat carrying a lethal load possibly aimed at the Navy’s newest addition in Plymouth. Is this a diversion for a more sinister plot? …

Review It

A funeral, a revelation and a revenge killing. And that’s all before the titles. Spooks is one of those shows that mixes action and character in balance and this opener sets a positive trend for the forthcoming season. A plan that’s not all it seems and a suitably tense climax involving some tough decisions reminds the audience what Spooks is all about.

Joining the cast of regulars is Sophia Myles (Doctor Who: The Girl in the Fireplace, Outlander) who will be stepping into the still smoking shoes of Ros Myers. Interestingly, the character Myles plays is based on a real-life character – one who was trained by MI:6 but decided to work in the private sector. Initially seen with a Russian accent that is unsurprisingly realistic (Myles is half Russian), Myles quickly establishes herself during the action.

The other regulars perform as well as I expect them to – Harry and Ruth (Peter Firth and Nicola Walker) remain the stalwarts of Section D and Richard Armitage pretty much embodies the MI:5 man of action. It’s also nice to hear a northern accent amongst the spooks!

Ex-Special Boat Service man, Dimitri (Max Brown) makes another fine addition to the team as a back-up action-man. Perhaps a little cocky at first, this I feel is fitting with his background. I’d like to see more of him as I don’t think he had time to shine this episode.

In the past, I’ve always been impressed with the writing in Spooks – the threats are always believable and sometimes for-shadow similar real-world events. This week is no exception in this regard. On the (slight) downside, there does seem to have been a growing tendancy for escalation in the series and there’s more reliance on an arc now. Indeed, this series begins by continuing the arc from the previous one, which makes it a more difficult point to jump on to than has been the case in the past.

That said, The final couple of minutes act as an edge-of-seat conclusion (which shows that high drama doesn’t always need world-threatening events). Armitage’s final look of resignation sells the scene more than the dialogue or the implications of it. I look forward to next week’s offering!

Rate It: 4 / 5.

Dry Slaps: 0

Reviewer: WedgeDoc

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