The BBC have followed up on their success with Spooks with a spin off series, Spooks Code 9. I never watched the orignial series, but this one promised hot teenage boys, so of course I had to watch it.
The series is set in 2013 after a bomb blast in London destroyed most the city, killed thousands and forced relocation of MI5 to Manchester. To say that this would cause some disruption to national security would, of course, be an understatement but there were soooo many things that made no sense during the first two episodes:
1. Why have they chosen a bunch of 18 year olds? Did the bomb kill every adult in the country, not just the ones in London?
2. Why are they given such little resource? It’s just the six of them running around, without any police help or forensics. At one point their target is stabbed in the back, they lament the loss of their only lead and don’t stop to consider forensics or witnesses, they just keep chasing people.
3. Why are they all so hot?
4. After a massive terrorist incident, when faced with a series of potential disasters the entire MI5 remains remarkabkly flippant, trusting these 6 kids to pretty much the entire country’s security simply because one of them is good at maths.
5. Even the team themselves remain shockingly calm, choosing to wander off and practise shooting targets or drinking wine of an evening, rather than worrying about national security.
Andrew Billen described it in the Times as “state torture with a boozy, flirty This Life house-share”, which pretty much sums it up. The show makes no sense whatsoever. I’ll keep watching it though because Vik and Charlie are handsome and I don’t care if I’m far, far too old for them.