The six part series of Spooks Code 9 finished this weekend and left me screaming at the tv. I’m still angry three days later. No TV show has ever been quite badly written, badly acted and frankly, shit.
The first five episodes each had their own main storyline – man tries to blow up bank, man tries to deal drugs, man tries to kill MI5 member etc. Then on top of this the series had long-running sub plots – the ginger one is dying from radiation poisoning, Rob might have murdered someone and Jez lost his family. These sub plots have been so under-developed that you thought they might be using them for the big finale, making sure you’d paid attention to all the little (dull) details. Oh no, these were merely there to bore us all to pieces and to provide filler when the writers weren’t sure if their gang of teenagers should be clubbing or saving the world, because of course, there is nothing in between. I don’t care enough about Rob’s possible murder to wait for series 2, I can’t even remember who he’s supposed to have killed because we’ve never been shown anything about the event itself or the people involved.
We also had to put up with the story that someone within MI5 was a traitor and I presume we were supposed to be guessing who it was. Fine, if they’d ever shown us more than one MI5 boss that might have been fun.
Just to tip us over the edge into TV throwing territory they ended the bloody thing on a cliffhanger – is the bomb going to go off and will the blonde one die??? That’s not a fucking cliffhanger – a good cliffhanger leaves you theorising, guessing what could happen next and trying to look back on clues from the series. These two events don’t rely on any previous storylines – it’s simply up to the bomb squad and the doctors as to what happens. Mmmm… gripping.
What with this and the news that they’ve cancelled Project Catwalk I’m about ready to give up tv and take up line dancing. Aaarrghhhh.