Spooks s9 ep 8
Is anyone else a bit miffed after watching this?
I was expecting to be teary-eyed and emotional, but I’m more annoyed than anything else. The past few weeks have been turbulent for Lucas North fans as we’ve watched a character we thought we knew pushed and twisted into something unrecognisably horrible. The show encouraged us to invest in him as a good guy, a hero. Now, he’s a liar and a killer. And for what? Apparently for nothing at all.
“This woman’s at the centre of it all” but, as we’ve said before, “this woman” Maya, the third of Lucas’ doomed loves in as many seasons, never really rang true as a motivation and without that to anchor the story I’m left wondering what the point of it all was. Why spend all that time building Lucas up as someone we cared about then pull that out from under us for nothing? Giving us a decent reason to make destroying him worthwhile would have been small solace, but it would have been solace of sorts and, instead, we got a slap in the face.
If this week’s episode had been as good as last week’s heartbreaker or the previous week’s rollercoaster ride, maybe it wouldn’t have mattered as much but it wasn’t, and that just made the plot holes and the pointlessness of it all the more galling.
But I guess I’m just angry because I, and a lot of other people, liked Lucas and the writers stomped all over that. In fairness, though, this was still an intense and often powerful finale, with plenty of superb moments in amongst the slightly silly ones. Lucas embracing the unhinged and turning mad, bad, super-villian was somewhat melodramatic and difficult to swallow but, again, wonderful work from the actors saved the episode from descending into farce. The Lucas, Ruth and Harry triangle was at the heart of it all, with Richard Armitage and the incredible Nicola Walker making their scenes together tragically believable and gripping, while Peter Firth turned in yet another great performance as Harry, desperate to save Ruth, Lucas and Albany, whatever the cost.
Like last week, Dimitri and Beth seemed surplus to requirements as the three older characters did all the heavy lifting, and the addition of new operative Alec to aid the search also seemed unnecessary and clumsy; based on his lumbering contribution to this week’s episode I’m not particularly keen on him as a replacement for Lucas but then it’s always hard to give up a Section Chief. Given how we lost this one, I’ll know not to get too fond of the next.