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MI-5 Volume 7 (aka Season 7)

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:   469 minutes, two audio commentaries, trailer, two featurettes, behind the scenes documentary

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 5.1, 2.0 Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English

 

STUDIO:  BBC/ kudos/ 2 entertain/ Warner Home Video

RELEASE DATE: 1-26-2010

MI-5 (aka SPOOKS) has been one of my favorite shows since I first caught it on A&E (who butchered the show by taking 15 minutes out of each episode and didn’t give fair treatment to airing it).   The show follows a group of MI-5 agents in Section D and the head of MI-5’s counter-terrorism department, Harry Pearce.   Season 7 starts with MI-5 getting back one of their own, Lucas North, after he has been held in prison by the Russians for eight years.   The FSB (formerly known as the KGB) knows about Operation Sugarhorse- a network of sleeper agents in Russia that will stop Russia from launching a nuclear attack.   The FSB wants to bring down Sugarhorse and Harry Pearce suspects someone (in MI-5) who knows about Sugarhorse is a double agent.   Harry tries to find the traitor as the Russians seeks to destabilize the economy of the United Kingdom among other things leading to MI-5 learning about a sleeper agent network that Russia has implanted in the UK.   Ros becomes the new head of Section D as the team mourns the loss of one of their own and trying to figure out who Lucas North is.

 

I like Lucas North better than Adam Carter or Tom Quinn.   His dark and conflicted persona adds to the story and makes him a more interesting character than Adam or Tom ever were.   Richard Armitage gives the character of Lucas North real intensity and mystery.  The storylines have a grain of truth reflecting today’s climate.  Russia is becoming a power again in different ways.   The writers let their imaginations run wild with it and create the storylines for season seven.   The show is more Bourne than Bond.   It is more deeply rooted in gritty realism and preying on the real dangers that terrorists and other countries pose to the UK.    Also it keeps the characters human and show what they go through.   I wonder how they resolve the cliffhanger for season eight and wish the BBC didn’t have to wait a year to release season eight in North America (and what about the spin-off series CODE 9).

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Two audio commentaries- one for episode five with Producer Katie Swinton, Writer Christian Spurrier, and Director Edward Hall

The other is for episode eight with Producer Katie Swinton, Writer Neil Cross, and Director Sam Miller

 

SPOOKS IN RUSSIA- a short behind-the-scenes featurette on SPPOKS filming scenes in Russia for two episodes

ACTION SEQUENCE- a look at the filming of the chase sequence in episode six.

 

The BEHIND THE SCENES documentary covers the exit of one character, the introduction of another (Lucas North), the characters, and the storylines.  Spoilers for the entire season are in this one- watch the episodes first.   The end of the documentary foreshadows season eight.

 

Also the original UK trailer is on the set in addition to trailers for other BBC DVD releases (DOCTOR WHO, TORCHWOOD, PRIMEVAL).

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   Season 7 of MI-5 is as great as the first six seasons.  The show maintains a high standard of quality.  MI-5 is worth checking out (even if you’re a fan of 24).

 

This DVD review is (c)2-5-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com