Saturday, February 18, 2006

I would do anything for veracity, but I won't do that

I've been watching the first season of MI-5, which is well worth it if you like spy shows. It reminds me a bit of the spy fiction of M Somerset Maugham. The spies are patriots and dedicated, but they must deal with shifting sands of politics, uncertainty and personal lives that don't mix with spying. It's interesting that they tend to identify real life people and countries in the show. In one episode, they deal with anti-Bush protestors gone potentially violent. The very next episode involved MPs involved in illegal arms trade with made up Middle Eastern countries. Even a show that prides itself on realism, can't say S-A-U-D-I A-R-A-B-I-A. Robert Baer and Michael Scheur are on to something.

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