Spooks

Season 7 Episode 1

Episode 1

3
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 27, 2008 on BBC
9.4
out of 10
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Members of an al-Qaeda cell abduct a British soldier home on leave from a tour in Iraq, and threaten to execute him unless the Government cancels the country's Remembrance Sunday commemorations. MI5 secure the release of Lucas North, an MI5 agent captured by the Russian FSB eight years before. Arkady Kachimov, head of the FSB's London operation, offers to exchange intelligence on a Muslim terrorist network in exchange for support for an Anglo-Russian energy deal. Fearing that her cover has been compromised, Harry recalls Ros Myers from assignment in Moscow.moreless

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  • Explosive start to the new season

    9.5
    As a spooks viewer over the 6 previous seasons I've learned to expect anything can happen. But to kill your lead character in the first episode of the new season... well, that takes some serious balls. And that's the beauty of spooks. Any character could die...at any time. Even Harry, their boss. And after the islamic terrorism focus in previous series, the russians are firmly back on the radar like it was the 80's all over again. The russian episodes always tend to be more interesting than the random jihadists/in-fighting with the CIA episodes. It's very much spy vs spy and while some aspects of spook can be fanciful the fact that most of their plots are actually pretty feasible and they have such strongly written characters played by an exceptional cast ground this show in reality in a way something like 24 never could. Another show would have made the episode more adam-centric. Focussing on his life and what a noble sacrifice he was about to make. Not this show, you do your job and if you're not very lucky, bang, you're gone! It's not the first time they've done it, Helen in only the second episode and Danny after a few seasons, then Fiona. The characters in this show are doing a dangerous job and sometimes they pay the price for these risks which makes it a bit more real. But as always, when one character leaves then a new one joins the team. In this case Lucas North, traded back to MI-5 after 8 years incarcerated in Russia. Has he been turned by the russians, a double, possibly even a triple agent? Did he have salt and vinegar on those fish and chips? All will be revealed as the season unfolds (except the fish and chips part, that wouldn't really be relevant). A good character though, but is he an adequate Tom/Adam replacement? Only time will tell.moreless
  • Spoiler alert. a disappointing episode.

    7.0
    The Bottom Line: "Fair"



    The lead character who died should have been given a few episodes to build up a decent story arc to do his death justice. Secondly the fact that an excellent story line form last season was brought to a close with a pathetic flashback was simply rubbish. And finally, Roz betrays the team and her country but gets sent to russia to work for MI5....???? Is Spooks jumping the shark? i hope this is not a sign of things to come.



    The lead character who died should have been given a few episodes to build up a decent story arc to do his death justice. Secondly the fact that an excellent story line form last season was brought to a close with a pathetic flashback was simply rubbish. And finally, Ros betrays the team and her country but gets sent to russia to work for MI5....is Spooks jumping the shark. i hope this is not a sign of things to come.moreless
Ian Virgo

Ian Virgo

Private Andy Sullivan

Guest Star

Stuart Wilson

Stuart Wilson

Arkady Kachimov

Guest Star

Shane Zaza

Shane Zaza

Aaqib Faris

Guest Star

James Dicker

James Dicker

Wes Carter

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The tattoo on Lucas's chest is a depiction of the William Blake etching "Ancient of Days", a reference to the character's connections with William Blake.

    • Tattoos on Lucas North's body:
      Script: Dum Spiro Spero (While I live I hope) on back of neck; Gnothi Seauton (Know thyself) on abdomen; unidentified three letters on lower back; unidentified long passage on inner left arm.
      Graphics: eight cupolas with crosses on upper back, representing eight years of imprisonment;
      tallship on upper right arm, representing aspiration for freedom; star on left upper arm meaning will not cooperate with authorities, and had been through the maximum-security prison; handcuff (?) with a short chain on right wrist representing imprisonment. The main picture on his chest could be interpreted as religious iconography (world creation?).

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