Secret Army

Season 1 Episode 2

Sergeant on the Run

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 14, 1977 on BBC
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Sergeant on the Run
Lifeline has a growing number of allied servicemen on its hands, and one of them, Sergeant Walker, is caught by the Germans and taken for questioning in their Avenue Louise headquarters. Albert and Lisa are desperately worried about what information on them the enemy will get out of Walker - and then he makes a bid to escape.

Meanwhile, Lisa still does not trust Curtis and would much rather not have him around.moreless

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  • World War Two was not (in) black and white.

    In this remarkable second episode we get a very nuanced view of what the people in the Second World War were like. Forget the jingoistic war films made in the late forties and fifties, don't even mention the propaganda films of the early forties.

    War is hell, there may be good guys and bad guys, but they both do some questionable things. I find it remarkable that a British-produced show in the late seventies could already depict British soldiers warts and all. For every heroic man like Walker, who tries to commit suicide before he can betray the cause during torture, there are British soldiers who react stupidly or panic too quickly. Yvette's description of them as irresponsible children must have shocked some viewers.

    Then there are the Belgians, apparently the heroes of the show. Their motives are understandably personal, but they seem to be self-centered as well. Lifeline's obstinate refusal to cede its independence to the Brits is partly understandable, considering what they think of the British servicemen, but it also betrays a certain pride. The unexpected ending of the episode, (spoiler alert) when Lifeline kills the man they've been trying to save, surprises you, mostly because of the coldness our heroes display. The Germans can be divided in two groups: the good ones (Brandt) and the bad ones (Kessler). Here the writers have made things a bit too simple. Kessler appears to be a total beast, Brandt a nice man just doing his duty, harming as few people as possible. This simplicity clashes with the harsh reality used for the other characters.moreless

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    • Brandt: You surely are not going hunting yourself?
      Kessler: Is there any reason why I shouldn't?
      Brandt: No. But isn't there a saying about having a dog and barking yourself?
      Kessler: I do not bark, Major Brandt, I bite.

    • (Lifeline worries about who the captured pilot might betray)
      Albert: That's about seventeen people if he talks.
      Curtis: He has been trained.
      Yvette: Trained? They are children, they're irresponsible! They either panic at the first sight of a German uniform or they view the whole thing as a game.

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