Condor – Season 2

A continuation of the flummoxing first season; maintaining engagement better throughout but ultimately had us exasperated and shouting “Goddamn spies!” when the protagonists invariably did something with more layers of intrigue behind it. Lots of focus on Reuel Abbott, which was weird for me because I still see him as …

Condor

More compelling CIA action (who knew we liked spy stuff so much!) which was all the more baffling for being totally un-putdownable for around 7 of the 10 episodes, but finishing in a way so ambivalent that neither of us could recall mere days afterwards what had actually happened.

Homeland – Seasons 1 to 7

Compelling CIA thriller following a sometime-unbalanced agent in her counter-terrorism work, in which she becomes very personally entangled – and also caught in the machinations of higher-level Machiavellian scheming by career spymasters. Famously slow in seasons 3 & 4, taken overall it’s a compelling rollercoaster and though it took a …

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Season 2

More compelling CIA stuff… hard to know where to suspend disbelief about the Action Man antics of Jack Ryan, who’s ostensibly meant to have gotten himself a job as an office jockey.  This provoked a little bit of shouting “Arrrgh, WHYYYYYY!?” at the TV when characters supposedly selected for CIA …

The Night Manager

I suppose this one was my fault for not knowing the source material – this was a six-part adaptation of a John Le Carré book, rather than a 6 episode TV series: Tom Hiddleston’s character almost out Bond-ing James Bond, with musical cues to match.  Incredibly well-executed though and one …