Spooks

Season 2 Episode 10

Episode 10

2
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 11, 2003 on BBC
9.1
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Tom ignores Harry's demands to end his relationship with CIA officer Christine Dale. Christine hands Tom a secure communication which she has accidentally received from high up in the CIA. It says that an American assassin has come to the UK for a hit and that the CIA are going to take him out, without informing MI5 or any of the security services. Tom can't tell Harry what he knows so enlists Danny and Zoe to help him, but things start to go terribly wrong.moreless

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  • Departure

    8.5
    OK so first up, I am a big fan of the Tom character arc - I think the writers have done a really great job of taking a man who seemed relatively straight forward at the beginning of Season 1 (I say relatively - he is a spy after all), and taking him on a journey of questioning what he wants in life and how far his allegiance to MI5 extends. Most of this emotional shift comes through his mostly bad experiences in trying to build a personal relationship outside of work and the emotionally brutal leadership decisions that had to be made during the EERIE exercise (earlier in season 2). I like that he is challenged by this and doesn't remain the same person throughout the series. In real life things happen, and people change.

    All this to lead into why this was an "edge-of-the-seat" cliff-hanger episode (IMHO). Characters who have been so loyal to each other are suddenly pitted against each other. But they live in a world of deception, which makes the relationships all the more fragile. And then things just keep going from bad to worse all through the episode until you really can't see a way out - so that the conclusion is both a little expected while still shocking. How can they possibly go on from here ...

    I think the main difference with this episode though is that it is a real departure in plot writing from the more political thriller/external threat style of weekly story (even the EERIE episode had elements of that) to a more character focussed drama, drawing on the subtle emotional stories that have been developed throughout the first two seasons.

    As for the possible departure of Tom? Well given that the Spooks writers have no trouble killing off potentially main characters this really builds the tension. It was a risk for the writers, but it has paid off in the long run I believe, as not only does it keep the watcher in suspense (you mean the main 'hero' might actually die?!?) but keeps the shows writers on their toes as they have very little 'buy-in' time to keep you watching if they take away your favourite character.

    *as an end note - Tom is and has always been my favourite Spooks character. But even his departure has not kept me from watching the remaining series. Although not perfect, the writing really is that good.moreless
  • This is a poor end to what was a great run on Spooks. Tom ignores an order to end a relationship with a CIA officer, and then appears to have gone rogue and ends up being a fugitive.....moreless

    2.0
    This is a poor end to what was a great run on Spooks. Tom ignores an order to end a relationship with a CIA officer, and then appears to have gone rogue in what is eventually revealed as a set-up. He appears to have betrayed his colleagues, and MI5, and ends up being a fugitive -- all in an attempt to write out a main character.



    This episode could have ended the entire series, and certainly felt like a finale. In fact, it was a way to write out the main character for good (although he does make a brief appearance in the next season, to write him out more faily). Everything about it is out of character, and it really isn't a good representation of what the series is about.moreless
Elizabeth Chambers

Elizabeth Chambers

Woman

Guest Star

Samantha Coughlan

Samantha Coughlan

Lisa Joyce

Guest Star

Bruce Payne

Bruce Payne

Michael Kaharias

Guest Star

Hugh Simon

Hugh Simon

Malcolm Wynn-Jones

Recurring Role

Rory MacGregor

Rory MacGregor

Colin Wells

Recurring Role

Megan Dodds

Megan Dodds

Christine Dale

Recurring Role

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