Between-A Netflix Original. First two episodes-some notes and dialogue with review after episode one. Minor spoilers only.



Netflix description of Between: (first aired 22nd May 2015)
“Watch a new episode every week”
“The adults in Pretty Lake die.  Those under age 22 live.  But no-one can leave town.  Now what do you do?”

Netflix description of episode One:
“After a mysterious disease kills every resident over 22 years old, survivors of a town must fend for themselves when the government quarantines them.”

***

Between

Episode one.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Day 10
Death Toll pretty Lake
3,462
(indistinct radio chatter)
A guy comes out of the darkness..
Soldier:
“I got him”!
It’s like the Berlin wall.  In the old days.

Then-
Day 1
Death toll Pretty Lake
0
It took me a while to understand the teenage girl was saying as she was speaking in psychobabble.

Then-a fast car-in red-loud music blaring.
Whilst two guys fix a truck on the side of the road.

Now we’re in prison.  Where a guy is getting hassled.

Then in the Army Recruitment centre.  Another hero or heroine in the making.

Then: a beautiful teenager-I think.  And a clever guy called Adam.

Oh no-we’re going to see people’s text messages on screen.

The pregnant girl is sarcastic and wise cracking.Then:
“Dad!”  we have the first casualty.

Then-another scene:”Mom!”
Dottie:
“Agh”.

Then-the handsome young guy who joined the Army at the recruitment centre:
“Grandad!”

So as the situation worsens, text messages about the disease fill the screen.

Adam:
“Any news Uncle Dave?”

The other character is the brother of the mechanic who is doing a deal.

Uncle Dave to Adam:
“Your Dad would have been right in his element”
“For a geneticist, he was always interested in the morbid.”

Adam is rightfully suspicious of his Uncle Dave.  And if he wasn’t before he sure should have been when Uncle Dave hugs him.  For a long time.  Tells him to get outta town.

Then:
Adam:
“Mom, what’s wrong with you?”

Day 5 Pretty Lake.
Death toll…
I think I should stop here.

The sister of the pregnant girl:
“Pray with me now, before it’s too late..”
“Unless you ask for forgiveness,
“eternal damnation is a possibility”!
Wily/ Pregnant girl:
“I don’t want forgiveness from you or God!”

TV Newsreader Lady:
“Quarantine, for you own safety..know our thoughts and our prayers, are with you..”

The Mayor is looking too old to be alive.  Like a lot of other people..

Funky music plays: the guy in the truck from the deal returns to Pretty Lake.

Swat Man:
“Initiate bio-hazard protocol two three bravo..”
Oo err.

Ugh.  Gloopy thing is pulled out of someone’s chin.

So the guy in the prison fights back.

So there is an officially rich family and an officially poor one.  The rich family has a demonic looking Dad, Charles, who strangely, hadn’t died yet.

Charles to the two brothers: 
“You will do what I say!”

Then.  Gord-The handsome army guy saves the day.
Charles is truly harsh and scary.


Charles to Gord:
“You have no idea what sort of pile you just stepped in!”
Gord:
“I live on a farm, I’ve stepped in a whole lot of piles!”

I just knew the tall handsome Gord , the army guy, would know how to deliver babies!

So the two guys who have been fighting are in the prison that is in the town.

This is harsh.  Until:
“Drop the gun!”
 “I said”
“Drop”.
“The”.
 “Gun”.
(says) The woman Prison Guard.  I thought she was in trouble until..

Did I mention that young Adam  plays a wonderful part.  No only does he have the look of a young Dustin Hoffman he talks like him too.

OMG..

***

So Between is looking very promising.  Interesting and unusual so far.  The drama is filmed in a sort of crisp and classic style.  The action fairly bundles along.  The drama begins on day ten of the quarantine and or outbreak of the disease.

Throughout the episode is the pleasant, I felt, sound of clacking keyboard keys.  The white plain font of the text tells us the death toll on day 10.

Then the tally of deaths reappears consistently throughout on screen, the numbers are large. Very large.  And no one has moved the dead bodies from the hospital.  Flies are buzzing.  That’s not a good sign surely.

Not the flies but the non-removal of the bodies.  For examination.  Or even burial come to think of it. Not a very good sign at all.

Added to that in the list of not good signs is that this is the quickest acting disease yet apparently known to man. I am trying to think of ones quicker.

So the disease, although declared as so: is not necessarily contagious.  There is or must be a method of transmission.  Or spread.

But whatever the disease is made of it must have some genetic element to it: otherwise what other ingredient could possibly tell the age of its victims?  I dunno.   Of course all this is completely constructed conjecture.  I don’t really know a thing about genetics.

However it will be interesting to see.  My  guess is the usual dark government plot.  Experiment even.

It would be cool if some in the town are immune to the disease in the older age groups.  I’ve already been thinking-could this mean they are aliens?  Walking amongst the town folk so to speak.

Like back in the day in that series V.  All the give-away then was a crooked little finger.  Or that excellent but sadly truncated (here in the UK) series, Invasion. With the fish people.

You couldn’t tell the fish people either.  They just had to have  lot of baths.
But I digress.

I suppose the device of the text messages on screen may be meant to depict and symbolise the world of the twenty two year olds and younger.

This method of texting as an ongoing form of communication in this age groups is nicely evinced in one scene: where a character in quite a bit of trouble at the time texts instead of calling.

However nobody calls: everybody texts of that age group.

That particular scene was quite amusing really for me.  But it won’t be unusual for everybody.  This is the way.  The way of the new communication method.  And whatever you do, never, ever leave a voice mail.  You’ll be metaphorically laughed out of town.

Still, I digress.  Point was, that the scene, figuratively with text on screen before us: is being set for the twenty two year olds and youngers.  Their world.  They will have to cope. They will be alone.

They may not even have their phone, or a network, after a while.  But that, I feel is looking like the very least of their worries right now.

***

The Between-Episode Two.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

The prologue.
So Between is harsh.  And getting harsher.
The beginning was fairly gob-smacking.  Visually speaking too.

Now.
Oh.  So my alien theory didn’t hold up.  For long.

The unctuous TV message: (to the town)
“The whole nation prays for you, your immeasurable loss..”

voice of the lady Senator, President, not sure, continues:
“All you have to do is burn the bodies and we’ll be able to lift the quarantine..”

Does anybody really believe this shit.
Plus is it a good idea to be downwind of the fire.

So Ronnie is the name of the of the  two brothers.  He does the deals.  The dodgy deals.

So Adam is thinking along the same lines as me. About why precisely the age twenty two.  It has to be an experiment.  A genetic experiment.  And they ain’t letting the people out.  Any time soon.

So Adam has a point of course,  Why would the SWAT men guarding their compound/ town still have Bio-Hazard full respirator masks on if everything was OK?

They (the SWAT men) are sure better prepared for the soon to be mass fire aren’t they?

So things just got pretty weird.  A kid (Nate) holds a knife on Wiley and won’t put it down.
Nate:
“Promise you won’t hurt me?”

Girl:
“So quarantine’s almost over, that’s what is says on Facebook..”

Gord:
“Lana..” (who is Lana)

(meanwhile)
The guys in the prison.  Or rather the guy.  Are having a face-off.

(Chuck shuddering)

I like how there are several Detective elements to the series, several investigations are going on within the town.  Which is cool.

So Chuck’s sister, Katie is a character with Down’s Syndrome.  She is a good character.  Later we find out that she can tell a lie.

So this scene in particular and a few before it similar to this are not for the faint hearted.

Now we are playing of game of where’s Wiley.  which is rather nerve wracking.
Adam:
“Wait- hold on a minute..”
Pheweeee.

Mournful singing ensues.
Song:
“Mother, father..”
“Lay me down..”
“Let my heart wait forever”
“In this ground..”

Between is really realistic and realistically awful.

***

Between-A Netflix Original. First two episodes-some notes and dialogue with review after episode one. Minor spoilers only.


Netflix description of Between: (first aired 22nd May 2015)
“Watch a new episode every week”
“The adults in Pretty Lake die.  Those under age 22 live.  But no-one can leave town.  Now what do you do?”

Netflix description of episode One:
“After a mysterious disease kills every resident over 22 years old, survivors of a town must fend for themselves when the government quarantines them.”

***

Between

Episode one.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Day 10
Death Toll pretty Lake
3,462
(indistinct radio chatter)
A guy comes out of the darkness..
Soldier:
“I got him”!
It’s like the Berlin wall.  In the old days.

Then-
Day 1
Death toll Pretty Lake
0
It took me a while to understand the teenage girl was saying as she was speaking in psychobabble.

Then-a fast car-in red-loud music blaring.
Whilst two guys fix a truck on the side of the road.

Now we’re in prison.  Where a guy is getting hassled.

Then in the Army Recruitment centre.  Another hero or heroine in the making.

Then: a beautiful teenager-I think.  And a clever guy called Adam.

Oh no-we’re going to see people’s text messages on screen.

The pregnant girl is sarcastic and wise cracking.Then:
“Dad!”  we have the first casualty.

Then-another scene:”Mom!”
Dottie:
“Agh”.

Then-the handsome young guy who joined the Army at the recruitment centre:
“Grandad!”

So as the situation worsens, text messages about the disease fill the screen.

Adam:
“Any news Uncle Dave?”

The other character is the brother of the mechanic who is doing a deal.

Uncle Dave to Adam:
“Your Dad would have been right in his element”
“For a geneticist, he was always interested in the morbid.”

Adam is rightfully suspicious of his Uncle Dave.  And if he wasn’t before he sure should have been when Uncle Dave hugs him.  For a long time.  Tells him to get outta town.

Then:
Adam:
“Mom, what’s wrong with you?”

Day 5 Pretty Lake.
Death toll…
I think I should stop here.

The sister of the pregnant girl:
“Pray with me now, before it’s too late..”
“Unless you ask for forgiveness,
“eternal damnation is a possibility”!
Wily/ Pregnant girl:
“I don’t want forgiveness from you or God!”

TV Newsreader Lady:
“Quarantine, for you own safety..know our thoughts and our prayers, are with you..”

The Mayor is looking too old to be alive.  Like a lot of other people..

Funky music plays: the guy in the truck from the deal returns to Pretty Lake.

Swat Man:
“Initiate bio-hazard protocol two three bravo..”
Oo err.

Ugh.  Gloopy thing is pulled out of someone’s chin.

So the guy in the prison fights back.

So there is an officially rich family and an officially poor one.  The rich family has a demonic looking Dad, Charles, who strangely, hadn’t died yet.

Charles to the two brothers: 
“You will do what I say!”

Then.  Gord-The handsome army guy saves the day.
Charles is truly harsh and scary.

Charles to Gord:
“You have no idea what sort of pile you just stepped in!”
Gord:
“I live on a farm, I’ve stepped in a whole lot of piles!”

I just knew the tall handsome Gord , the army guy, would know how to deliver babies!

So the two guys who have been fighting are in the prison that is in the town.

This is harsh.  Until:
“Drop the gun!”
 “I said”
“Drop”.
“The”.
 “Gun”.
(says) The woman Prison Guard.  I thought she was in trouble until..

Did I mention that young Adam  plays a wonderful part.  No only does he have the look of a young Dustin Hoffman he talks like him too.

OMG..

***

So Between is looking very promising.  Interesting and unusual so far.  The drama is filmed in a sort of crisp and classic style.  The action fairly bundles along.  The drama begins on day ten of the quarantine and or outbreak of the disease.

Throughout the episode is the pleasant, I felt, sound of clacking keyboard keys.  The white plain font of the text tells us the death toll on day 10.

Then the tally of deaths reappears consistently throughout on screen, the numbers are large. Very large.  And no one has moved the dead bodies from the hospital.  Flies are buzzing.  That’s not a good sign surely.

Not the flies but the non-removal of the bodies.  For examination.  Or even burial come to think of it. Not a very good sign at all.

Added to that in the list of not good signs is that this is the quickest acting disease yet apparently known to man. I am trying to think of ones quicker.

So the disease, although declared as so: is not necessarily contagious.  There is or must be a method of transmission.  Or spread.

But whatever the disease is made of it must have some genetic element to it: otherwise what other ingredient could possibly tell the age of its victims?  I dunno.   Of course all this is completely constructed conjecture.  I don’t really know a thing about genetics.

However it will be interesting to see.  My  guess is the usual dark government plot.  Experiment even.

It would be cool if some in the town are immune to the disease in the older age groups.  I’ve already been thinking-could this mean they are aliens?  Walking amongst the town folk so to speak.

Like back in the day in that series V.  All the give-away then was a crooked little finger.  Or that excellent but sadly truncated (here in the UK) series, Invasion. With the fish people.

You couldn’t tell the fish people either.  They just had to have  lot of baths.
But I digress.

I suppose the device of the text messages on screen may be meant to depict and symbolise the world of the twenty two year olds and younger.

This method of texting as an ongoing form of communication in this age groups is nicely evinced in one scene: where a character in quite a bit of trouble at the time texts instead of calling.

However nobody calls: everybody texts of that age group.

That particular scene was quite amusing really for me.  But it won’t be unusual for everybody.  This is the way.  The way of the new communication method.  And whatever you do, never, ever leave a voice mail.  You’ll be metaphorically laughed out of town.

Still, I digress.  Point was, that the scene, figuratively with text on screen before us: is being set for the twenty two year olds and youngers.  Their world.  They will have to cope. They will be alone.

They may not even have their phone, or a network, after a while.  But that, I feel is looking like the very least of their worries right now.

***

The Between-Episode Two.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

The prologue.
So Between is harsh.  And getting harsher.
The beginning was fairly gob-smacking.  Visually speaking too.

Now.
Oh.  So my alien theory didn’t hold up.  For long.

The unctuous TV message: (to the town)
“The whole nation prays for you, your immeasurable loss..”

voice of the lady Senator, President, not sure, continues:
“All you have to do is burn the bodies and we’ll be able to lift the quarantine..”

Does anybody really believe this shit.
Plus is it a good idea to be downwind of the fire.

So Ronnie is the name of the of the  two brothers.  He does the deals.  The dodgy deals.

So Adam is thinking along the same lines as me. About why precisely the age twenty two.  It has to be an experiment.  A genetic experiment.  And they ain’t letting the people out.  Any time soon.

So Adam has a point of course,  Why would the SWAT men guarding their compound/ town still have Bio-Hazard full respirator masks on if everything was OK?

They (the SWAT men) are sure better prepared for the soon to be mass fire aren’t they?

So things just got pretty weird.  A kid (Nate) holds a knife on Wiley and won’t put it down.
Nate:
“Promise you won’t hurt me?”

Girl:
“So quarantine’s almost over, that’s what is says on Facebook..”

Gord:
“Lana..” (who is Lana)

(meanwhile)
The guys in the prison.  Or rather the guy.  Are having a face-off.

(Chuck shuddering)

I like how there are several Detective elements to the series, several investigations are going on within the town.  Which is cool.

So Chuck’s sister, Katie is a character with Down’s Syndrome.  She is a good character.  Later we find out that she can tell a lie.

So this scene in particular and a few before it similar to this are not for the faint hearted.

Now we are playing of game of where’s Wiley.  which is rather nerve wracking.
Adam:
“Wait- hold on a minute..”
Pheweeee.

Mournful singing ensues.
Song:
“Mother, father..”
“Lay me down..”
“Let my heart wait forever”
“In this ground..”

Between is really realistic and realistically awful.

***

Note to my readers of a new series-the Swedish series Jordskott-coming soon to ITV Encore channel or Sky channel number 123 on Virgin Media TV in the UK-Update & Correction-Virgin Media does not have Sky channel 123. I do have channel number 123 but it is called “Pick” On Virgin Media TV. Plus a note of Humans coming soon and Sense Eight on Netflix.

http://www.sky.com/tv/show/jordskott/article/brand-new-and-exclusive-to-itv-encore

http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/itv-encore-acquires-swedish-drama-jordskott

Jordskott. Thursday 12th March 2015.
So I spotted an ad for this series-which is “coming soon” so the TV advertisement says..
It is a nordic-noir mystery-hurray!  Quoted from second link above:

“ITV encore has acquired Jordskott, the critically acclaimed Nordic mystery.  The ten-part series ..premièred on SVT in February to critical and ratings success.”

“Jordskott is set deep in the ancient forests of Sweden.  Seven years after the disappearance of her daughter Josefine, police investigator Eva Thörnblad is still trying to cope with the grief of her loss.  Even though her daughter was said to have drowned, Eva knows in her heart that someone had taken her child on that fateful day by the Silverhöld lake.

“So when a young boy goes missing in the same forest of Silverhöld, Eva returns to delve into the dark mystery that haunts her.  As she is drawn into the investigation she learns that there is a much deeper and darker force in operation but how far is she willing to go to protect the one she loves!”

***

Humans-Channel Four
Nb. So I will also be looking out for the remake of the Swedish original of Humans, coming soon to Channel Four in the UK The original name of which I will look up.  Because so far-in the increasingly extended TV trailers for it: Humans is looking good.

***
Sense Eight-a new Netflix Series.
I was sent details of this by Netflix and saw the brief trailer.  Looks interesting:
Voiceover:
“Eight cities, eight people, one connection.. you have seven other selves now…”

Lots of fighting and generic action, not sure if it’s my cup of tea.

***
Postcript.

So I am really enjoying Wayward Pines (if that is the right word) on Fox Channel currently and the series Between-on Netflix.  Both of them are so far I feel, proving to be excellent.

Oh yes and let’s not forget the incredible Gotham (now ended) and the unique and one-off original- Bates Motel. Brilliant. Pretty much. In my opinion.

Then there was the Italian series, 1992,  Verily, I have been dwelling in the oasis of the televisual desert.  Or an oasis.  And the oasis has been stocked plentifully indeed.

***

Note to my readers of a new series-the Swedish series Jordskott-coming soon to ITV Encore channel or Sky channel number 123 on Virgin Media TV in the UK-Update & Correction-Virgin Media does not have Sky channel 123. I do have channel number 123 but it is called “Pick” On Virgin Media TV. Plus a note of Humans coming soon and Sense Eight on Netflix.

http://www.sky.com/tv/show/jordskott/article/brand-new-and-exclusive-to-itv-encore

http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/itv-encore-acquires-swedish-drama-jordskott

Jordskott. Thursday 12th March 2015.
So I spotted an ad for this series-which is “coming soon” so the TV advertisement says..
It is a nordic-noir mystery-hurray!  Quoted from second link above:

“ITV encore has acquired Jordskott, the critically acclaimed Nordic mystery.  The ten-part series ..premièred on SVT in February to critical and ratings success.”

“Jordskott is set deep in the ancient forests of Sweden.  Seven years after the disappearance of her daughter Josefine, police investigator Eva Thörnblad is still trying to cope with the grief of her loss.  Even though her daughter was said to have drowned, Eva knows in her heart that someone had taken her child on that fateful day by the Silverhöld lake.

“So when a young boy goes missing in the same forest of Silverhöld, Eva returns to delve into the dark mystery that haunts her.  As she is drawn into the investigation she learns that there is a much deeper and darker force in operation but how far is she willing to go to protect the one she loves!”

***

Humans-Channel Four
Nb. So I will also be looking out for the remake of the Swedish original of Humans, coming soon to Channel Four in the UK The original name of which I will look up.  Because so far-in the increasingly extended TV trailers for it: Humans is looking good.

***
Sense Eight-a new Netflix Series.
I was sent details of this by Netflix and saw the brief trailer.  Looks interesting:
Voiceover:
“Eight cities, eight people, one connection.. you have seven other selves now…”

Lots of fighting and generic action, not sure if it’s my cup of tea.

***
Postcript.


So I am really enjoying Wayward Pines (if that is the right word) on Fox Channel currently and the series Between-on Netflix.  Both of them are so far I feel, proving to be excellent.

Oh yes and let’s not forget the incredible Gotham (now ended) and the unique and one-off original- Bates Motel. Brilliant. Pretty much. In my opinion.

Then there was the Italian series, 1992,  Verily, I have been dwelling in the oasis of the televisual desert.  Or an oasis.  And the oasis has been stocked plentifully indeed.

***

The Game-a one-off Review of Episodes One and Two-some notes and dialogue on first watching with review at the end. Minor Spoilers only. On in the UK on BBC Two Thursdays @ 9pm. Catch up on BBC i-player

The Game 

Episodes One and Two only.


Episode One.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Bobby Waterhouse: Spy Chief
“(this is when i decided I liked The Game-when he said this and that I would write about it)
“A jigsaw?”
“I mean, planned in the shadows?”
“What is he talking about?”
“I hate it when they try to be enigmatic”!

The Russian man is called Arkady.  Like one of the men in the KGB office in the series The Americans was.

MI5 Chief: (called “Daddy”)
“The man who raises the killer arm..”
“leaves his heart exposed..”

Then the spy chief Bobby Waterhouse goes home.  To his mother.
Bobby to his mother:
“Daddy has formed a special committee..”
Mother:
“Darling, you will bring glory to the Hercules name!”
Then:
I had to rewind the drama to make sure I had seen what I saw.  Oo err.

So I was convinced the Russian guy was John Sims but I think the Policeman is him.  Or I could be seeing John Sims everywhere.

So the man with the mother (Bobby Waterhouse) is the “Head of Counter Espionage”.

The policeman John Sims says to the inscrutable curly haired and fringed spy:
“I don’t like your world”
“You’re arrogant, you think you’re above the law..”

Then the hero spy guy has a hard line on spy talk and an excellent game.  Spy game.  He is soon shocking the policeman.  Of course the curly haired handsome guy has a secret quest/ back-story.  His accent is rather variable by the way.

I’m not really sure that a small crack team of assorted boffins and cool inscrutable blue eyed blazing hero isn’t a little bit sterotypical.

The “tech” or rather not tech guy is almost officially Aspergers like in his behaviour.  Then, when affixed to the recording machine, surrounded by the crack team, he relates the detail in the next room like a sound whisperer.

It/ the effect is as if he was the usual computer whizz relating everything that was happening on screen.  Would this really have happened?  Why am I asking that.  It’s a drama.  However it smacks a little of transplanting modern day dramatic devices back in time.  Perhaps.

The set-up.  It all goes horribly wrong.  I’m sure.  Well I haven’t seen the outcome yet.
One of the team:
“Four flights of stairs?”
“It’s a lot”.
Yes.  It is.

It (The Policeman) is John Sims, it is.  He is such a chameleon.

The sound guy and his wife Sarah.
Her:
“The geese fly south in the winter..”
Him:
“But the eggs are plentiful..”

So the handsome hero (Joe) looks completely fabulous in a raincoat.  In the smoky blue night.  Smoking and so on.

Likewise the set up between Joe and the Policeman is a bit corny.  As in modern day.

***

Episode Two.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Daddy: (Head Chief spy)
“We endanger the few, to protect the many..”

The drop.  Our hero is reading a newspaper too.  On a bench.

Joe to Arkady: (the Russian spy)
“What happened?”
In the Men’s toilets.
“He wanted sex!”  says Arkady.

Joe to Arkady:
“I told him it was his chance to be a hero..”
Yes.  He (Joe) tells everyone that.
That and you can work towards something greater than us.  Or summat.

There is something of Sean Connery about the actor playing Arkady.

Nb. The Game has a very cool beginning by the way.  Newspaper cuttings, bleached out and Cyrillic lettering.

From the other (previous) episode-not sure if they really would have told rape jokes then.

Arkady:
“Mr. Mallory,I bring you greetings from your Aunt in Somerset..”
Mallory:
“My Aunt,I don’t have an aunt..”
“Oh yeah“..

Sarah to Joe:
“How about doing your job, instead of this ridiculous quest for truth and vengeance?”

Ah.  But that wouldn’t be any fun, would it.

(flashback time)
Joe and his chalk and his beloved.
Joe:
“See this?”
He continues: (apparently assuming they don’t have chalk in Poland/ Russia)
“I bought it in W.H. Smith”!
Fascinating, Joe.

Me-I think that the whole operation is a set-up. Joe’s girlfriends happening is a set up.  It’s all a set-up.  But then I’ve seen two series of the excellent series The Americans.

The Game is a bit like a British version of The Americans.

Joe is like the solo version of Elizabeth in The Americans.  He is the honey trap.  He turns the potential victim into a spy.  Then looks on dispassionately as they declare their love for him as either alive or eventually as they expire.  Usually in their spy controller’s arms.    Elizabeth in The Americans.  Joe in The Game.

I dunno.  The action and feel of the drama went all a bit daft then I thought and very dated.  But then it is in the past I guess.

Yes.  The Game went a bit like The Avengers back then in flavour.  Except there is no high kicking Diana Rigg.  Guess women didn’t fight back then.  Melodramatic music ensues.

More running down flights of stairs by Joe.  There is a lot of running down stairs.  They are not great believers in lifts apparently-the MI5.

Here comes Joe again.  Looking fabulous and moody and somehow smouldering.  All in the rain with a big black umbrella.  down the neon sign lit alleyway.  Brothels being just around the corner supposedly.

I am liking Bobby Waterhouse and really hope he doesn’t do something silly.

This has to be the sixties surely, not the seventies.  There is a less than jolly TV advert about what to do in the case of a nuclear attack.
TV:
“Move down to the bunker, if there is a body, leave it alone, covered over..”

The young woman spy (Wendy) to Bobby:
“Wait!”
“They can’t see your face!”
“You’re Head of Counter Espionage!”

Bobby is brave or getting brave.  Plus he has the most incredible three piece suit of a soft flannel.  Which he wears with aplomb.

Woman to Bobby:
“No, he might see you, let me go,”
“I’ll bring him up..”
Down the stairs she goes.  Stairs.  We know stairs are unlucky already.

By the way I think I know who the mole is.  I may be wrong.

Bobby and Wendy.
Bobby:
“I’m just going to pop my hand, there!”
Officially awkward.
Bobby continues:
“I’m going to give it a jolly old squeeze now!”

The guy who played Luther’s mad best friend is the baddie- Tom.

Tom:(to Joe)
“You know what they promised me, the comrades?”
“A statue in Gorky Park, a national day, a line of supplicant women..”
or summat like that.

Joe and Tom have a smoke-off in the interview.

Hard-faced and coal-eyed Sarah with her black beehive glares.  Whilst sitting in a stylish yet faded armchair.

***



Review of The Game-first two episodes.

So I didn’t review The Game at the time of seeing it.  Mainly I suppose because I jumped ship after episode two.  I did want to like The Game.  The drama seemed like it could be fun to write about. One of those series.  Or be interesting even.

But The Game was just a bit blah.  A bit bland as a drama.  Only really in it’s overall feel, to me anyway, as a cogent piece.  The story-lines seemed all over the place.  Almost  generic in nature.

Perhaps that is the problem with a spy story.  which is a genre in itself already.  A spy story cannot help but be generic.

We all know the drill.  The classic conundrums of such a story are already familiar to the viewer: betrayal (of one’s country) for the defector, subterfuge, lies deceit.  Deep. Cover.  Then exactly the same sometimes: for the spy on the Other Side.  Who falls in love with- you guessed it.

Still, all this could be good and should.  The Game is certainly a veritable and accurate, in fact painstakingly created depiction of the period’s style.

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Footnotes.


The Game is incredibly and utterly stylish of course.

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W.H. Smith is a chain of stationery stores in the UK.

***

Watching the Game reminded me of The Americans.  Then I find out that there has been a series Three of The Americans.  Noo!  We have missed that here then.

***

The Game-a one-off Review of Episodes One and Two-some notes and dialogue on first watching with review at the end. Minor Spoilers only. On in the UK on BBC Two Thursdays @ 9pm. Catch up on BBC i-player

The Game 

Episodes One and Two only.

Episode One.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Bobby Waterhouse: Spy Chief
“(this is when i decided I liked The Game-when he said this and that I would write about it)
“A jigsaw?”
“I mean, planned in the shadows?”
“What is he talking about?”
“I hate it when they try to be enigmatic”!

The Russian man is called Arkady.  Like one of the men in the KGB office in the series The Americans was.

MI5 Chief: (called “Daddy”)
“The man who raises the killer arm..”
“leaves his heart exposed..”

Then the spy chief Bobby Waterhouse goes home.  To his mother.
Bobby to his mother:
“Daddy has formed a special committee..”
Mother:
“Darling, you will bring glory to the Hercules name!”
Then:
I had to rewind the drama to make sure I had seen what I saw.  Oo err.

So I was convinced the Russian guy was John Sims but I think the Policeman is him.  Or I could be seeing John Sims everywhere.

So the man with the mother (Bobby Waterhouse) is the “Head of Counter Espionage”.

The policeman John Sims says to the inscrutable curly haired and fringed spy:
“I don’t like your world”
“You’re arrogant, you think you’re above the law..”

Then the hero spy guy has a hard line on spy talk and an excellent game.  Spy game.  He is soon shocking the policeman.  Of course the curly haired handsome guy has a secret quest/ back-story.  His accent is rather variable by the way.

I’m not really sure that a small crack team of assorted boffins and cool inscrutable blue eyed blazing hero isn’t a little bit sterotypical.

The “tech” or rather not tech guy is almost officially Aspergers like in his behaviour.  Then, when affixed to the recording machine, surrounded by the crack team, he relates the detail in the next room like a sound whisperer.

It/ the effect is as if he was the usual computer whizz relating everything that was happening on screen.  Would this really have happened?  Why am I asking that.  It’s a drama.  However it smacks a little of transplanting modern day dramatic devices back in time.  Perhaps.

The set-up.  It all goes horribly wrong.  I’m sure.  Well I haven’t seen the outcome yet.
One of the team:
“Four flights of stairs?”
“It’s a lot”.
Yes.  It is.

It (The Policeman) is John Sims, it is.  He is such a chameleon.

The sound guy and his wife Sarah.
Her:
“The geese fly south in the winter..”
Him:
“But the eggs are plentiful..”

So the handsome hero (Joe) looks completely fabulous in a raincoat.  In the smoky blue night.  Smoking and so on.

Likewise the set up between Joe and the Policeman is a bit corny.  As in modern day.

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Episode Two.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Daddy: (Head Chief spy)
“We endanger the few, to protect the many..”

The drop.  Our hero is reading a newspaper too.  On a bench.

Joe to Arkady: (the Russian spy)
“What happened?”
In the Men’s toilets.
“He wanted sex!”  says Arkady.

Joe to Arkady:
“I told him it was his chance to be a hero..”
Yes.  He (Joe) tells everyone that.
That and you can work towards something greater than us.  Or summat.

There is something of Sean Connery about the actor playing Arkady.

Nb. The Game has a very cool beginning by the way.  Newspaper cuttings, bleached out and Cyrillic lettering.

From the other (previous) episode-not sure if they really would have told rape jokes then.

Arkady:
“Mr. Mallory,I bring you greetings from your Aunt in Somerset..”
Mallory:
“My Aunt,I don’t have an aunt..”
“Oh yeah“..

Sarah to Joe:
“How about doing your job, instead of this ridiculous quest for truth and vengeance?”

Ah.  But that wouldn’t be any fun, would it.

(flashback time)
Joe and his chalk and his beloved.
Joe:
“See this?”
He continues: (apparently assuming they don’t have chalk in Poland/ Russia)
“I bought it in W.H. Smith”!
Fascinating, Joe.

Me-I think that the whole operation is a set-up. Joe’s girlfriends happening is a set up.  It’s all a set-up.  But then I’ve seen two series of the excellent series The Americans.

The Game is a bit like a British version of The Americans.

Joe is like the solo version of Elizabeth in The Americans.  He is the honey trap.  He turns the potential victim into a spy.  Then looks on dispassionately as they declare their love for him as either alive or eventually as they expire.  Usually in their spy controller’s arms.    Elizabeth in The Americans.  Joe in The Game.

I dunno.  The action and feel of the drama went all a bit daft then I thought and very dated.  But then it is in the past I guess.

Yes.  The Game went a bit like The Avengers back then in flavour.  Except there is no high kicking Diana Rigg.  Guess women didn’t fight back then.  Melodramatic music ensues.

More running down flights of stairs by Joe.  There is a lot of running down stairs.  They are not great believers in lifts apparently-the MI5.

Here comes Joe again.  Looking fabulous and moody and somehow smouldering.  All in the rain with a big black umbrella.  down the neon sign lit alleyway.  Brothels being just around the corner supposedly.

I am liking Bobby Waterhouse and really hope he doesn’t do something silly.

This has to be the sixties surely, not the seventies.  There is a less than jolly TV advert about what to do in the case of a nuclear attack.
TV:
“Move down to the bunker, if there is a body, leave it alone, covered over..”

The young woman spy (Wendy) to Bobby:
“Wait!”
“They can’t see your face!”
“You’re Head of Counter Espionage!”

Bobby is brave or getting brave.  Plus he has the most incredible three piece suit of a soft flannel.  Which he wears with aplomb.

Woman to Bobby:
“No, he might see you, let me go,”
“I’ll bring him up..”
Down the stairs she goes.  Stairs.  We know stairs are unlucky already.

By the way I think I know who the mole is.  I may be wrong.

Bobby and Wendy.
Bobby:
“I’m just going to pop my hand, there!”
Officially awkward.
Bobby continues:
“I’m going to give it a jolly old squeeze now!”

The guy who played Luther’s mad best friend is the baddie- Tom.

Tom:(to Joe)
“You know what they promised me, the comrades?”
“A statue in Gorky Park, a national day, a line of supplicant women..”
or summat like that.

Joe and Tom have a smoke-off in the interview.

Hard-faced and coal-eyed Sarah with her black beehive glares.  Whilst sitting in a stylish yet faded armchair.

***


Review of The Game-first two episodes.

So I didn’t review The Game at the time of seeing it.  Mainly I suppose because I jumped ship after episode two.  I did want to like The Game.  The drama seemed like it could be fun to write about. One of those series.  Or be interesting even.

But The Game was just a bit blah.  A bit bland as a drama.  Only really in it’s overall feel, to me anyway, as a cogent piece.  The story-lines seemed all over the place.  Almost  generic in nature.

Perhaps that is the problem with a spy story.  which is a genre in itself already.  A spy story cannot help but be generic.

We all know the drill.  The classic conundrums of such a story are already familiar to the viewer: betrayal (of one’s country) for the defector, subterfuge, lies deceit.  Deep. Cover.  Then exactly the same sometimes: for the spy on the Other Side.  Who falls in love with- you guessed it.

Still, all this could be good and should.  The Game is certainly a veritable and accurate, in fact painstakingly created depiction of the period’s style.

***


Footnotes.

The Game is incredibly and utterly stylish of course.

***

W.H. Smith is a chain of stationery stores in the UK.

***

Watching the Game reminded me of The Americans.  Then I find out that there has been a series Three of The Americans.  Noo!  We have missed that here then.

***