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MI-5, Volume 1

July 12, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Defending their country, deceiving their friends, MI-5 takes us into the secret world of the clandestine UK security service and the people who make up the elite team. This exciting, fast paced drama, full of split screens and technical wizardry, explores the passion, jeopardy and intrigue of people who have to lie for a living and deceive their loved ones about what they do. DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commentaries on all episodes!
Deleted Scenes
Featurette:Numerous Behind-the-Scenes featurettes on the making of the program
Interviews:Exclusive interviews with the cast and crew!
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MI-5, Volume 1


5 Responses to “MI-5, Volume 1”
  1. This stunningly bad BBC confection can best be summed up by A&E’s somewhat desperate use of Nickelback to trail the third series in the US: An unconvincing set of second hand ideas, thrown together without the wit to make it truly compelling, but with enough po-faced bravura to ensure a baffling degree of popularity.

    Horribly bereft of irony, its attempts at action are feeble and the reviewer who mentioned Le Carre should really watch Tinker Tailor, Soldier Spy again, very soon. George Smiley would run rings around these children.

    Series 1 contains one of the most sickeningly manipulative twists ever committed by a cynical scriptwriter desperate for ratings, and each series ends in the most preposterous manner since Blake’s 7 dispatched it’s entire cast with monotonous regularity.

    Saddled with the least convincing hard-man lead since Roy Dupuis’ laryngitis-riddled performance in La Femme Nikita, this is thoroughly resistible nonsense.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. John says:

    I started watching this BBC-produced series. I quickly realized that most of the bad-guys were products of the fevered British “progressive” imagination: a U.S. fundamentalist Christian woman (who violently fights abortion, in Britain [yep, that one happens a lot, there are a lot of those wandering the streets of the UK], a right-wing racist, etc. It became really predictable. I was waiting for the “neo-conservative” to make his appearance. I also didn’t like the way the characters came out and said things like “I know what I am saying is cynical power politics, but that is just how things work”. In one scene at MI5, a cabinet-level politician says that, basically. Come on ! Politicians justify their behavior better than that. I also don’t think it is necessary to show the the MI5 agents “have home lives”. What is the point ? What, did we think otherwise that they spent all their time in the MI5 building ? It was unnecessary to show that.

    In reality, the Islamic/fascist threat is growing by the day in Britain (over 200 known terror plots, and the REAL MI5 can’t keep up with it all). In this fictional MI5 world, Britain is at peace, except for the occasional rightwing villain getting off the plane from Boston or New York. I just didn’t buy it.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. I am one of those who watches a show, gets into it, and doesn’t worry about logical or detail flaws unless they are glaring. MI5 Season 1 has such flaws in abundance (I can’t get OUT of the house? Even Britain has fire codes.)

    God, I hate when every actor appears to have red-stained lips. The show’s producers/directors appear to assume that any cosmetology school graduate is a fully qualified makeup artist. Plainly, this is not so!

    So, I have to examine whether there is enough action, drama, what have you to outweigh my misgivings. I observe that I am trying to find MI5 Season 2 at a reasonable price point (for ME, that is about $30). Therefore, there must be enough to keep me interested or I would just blow it off.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. Smauggy says:

    I wanted to enjoy this series, but was let down by the contrivances in the writing and direction, and some very average acting. Unlike, say, the superb productions of Le Carre’s George Smiley novels, the show adopts a kind of Mission Impossible, technology-ridden, slick attitude….but it doesn’t have the production values to pull it off, so it always feels kind of cheesy. I enjoyed the contemporary plots and the moral ambivalence, but somehow it crossed a line of implausibility that, say, Law & Order, doesn’t.

    Not without merit, but I really can’t give it more than 2 stars.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. S D'Anconia says:

    It’s interesting to note that in a day and age where just about every resource of the real MI-5 is dedicated to fighting Islamic Terrorists, Fascists and a few Chinese & Russian spies, this interesting show focuses on everything but, leaving us to believe that reality is quite irrelevant. The real enemy is given a pass, much like on 24 or in plot lines like Jericho’s (CBS).

    While racists and right-wing terrorists need to be knocked out, MI-5 or Spooks as it is known abroad, does not give us a relevant and entertaining presentation of the facts. Rather, this is Hollywood fantasy with British accents and some Doctor Who-ish looking sets. Makes sense coming from a Government run television network who won’t use the word “terrorist” in news reports in the hopes of not offending the, um, terrorists.

    What MI-5 is missing is a Neil Burnside (Sandbaggers) who knows the politically incorrect truth and acts on it. We would all like protection from our enemies and MI-5 instead gives them an artistic safe harbor. The real MI-5 must be quite displeased to say the least.

    Save your money and buy The Sandbaggers or anything that Le Carre produced before the Soviet Union fell. You may be offended but your mind won’t be dulled by more lies in the guise of a Television program.

    Rating: 2 / 5

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