For once, Spooks forgets its fancy gadgets for a good, old-fashioned and exciting chase involving lots of running and hiding in London’s disused Underground network. The city is in danger of annihilation, again, this time from nasty Russians, disaffected former KGB agents who have been biding their time since the fall of Communism before detonating a nuclear bomb in the capital, using one of a huge network of “sleeper” agents. These people, we are told, have infected the highest levels of the government and the police service, so Harry and the rest of the MI5 gang can’t trust anyone. There’s a typically nerve-shredding Spooks end-of-series race against time as Lucas and Ros (Richard Armitage and Hermione Norris) try to dodge a terrifyingly efficient Russian “kill squad”. And it’s not just themselves they have to look after – they are forced to babysit the Grid’s traitor, whose identity was revealed last week. Source: Radio Times
A very James Bond-esque final episode I thought with a suitable cliff-hanger to finish off the series (that has big implications for the next series, for sure!).
A portable nuclear device is to be let off by a sleeper cell that trumps even Sugarhorse by its sheer scope and audacity – for it has been asleep for 25 years, a relic of the KGB era.
Connie eventually saved the day but paid the ultimate price for her duplicity. I think the circumstances surrounding her being a double agent lacked much credibility but this is TV so you have to live a little.
I’m also unsure (well, doubtful) that the FSB have infiltrated London to the extent they show it on Spooks. So many of the plot lines (around terrorism and even the credit crisis) have mirrored day to day life that you are naturally left wondering what is likely fact and what is more likely to be complete fiction.
Overall a great series and very much a reason for staying in on a Monday.
Reviews of Spooks Series 7