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24 October 2011 @ 08:00 pm
Spooks 10.6 - A full reaction  
Firstly, I caved and created a tumbr account, which is here - although it contains graphics with spoilers for this episode so if you haven't seen it don't click.

And Secondly; I've calmed down slightly so under the cut is my review of the final ever episode of Spooks. Although just a quick point - I haven't rewatched it yet so certain things might not be wholly correct, but feel free to tell me so in comments. I think this post might be all over the place - for which I apologise and I'm also going to leave it unlocked.

Edit: I rewatched certain scenes so I've edited my post to reflect this.

BEWARE - MAJOR SPOILERS

Nicola said I was going to cry, and well, I did.

As well as being spoiled on the fact that Tom was returning, someone last night decided to text me after the airing of the show on BBC1 with “I hate that they killed Ruth” knowing full well that I’d have to wait for Iplayer to upload the episode. Eugh – thanks a lot, I sent them a stern reply back in case you were wondering, but it meant that I watched the episode with a sickening feeling in my stomach praying that it wasn’t true.

I thought the first 50 minutes of the programme were pretty good, it was tense and fast paced with lots of twists and turns although I had totally guessed it was Elena and some bonus one liners from the Home Secretary! The only thing that bothered me was the incompetence of the team. Harry had completely lost it for understandable reasons I admit but I really didn’t get why he didn’t trust Ruth over Elena – particularly after her true nature was revealed, he was made to look like a fool with Elena as the better spy, and it seemed to be his incompetence that killed Ruth. And then I couldn’t help thinking that if Ros and Lucas, hell even Adam while he was suffering from PSTD, had gone to the house instead of Dimitri and Erin they would have figured out the clues earlier – the same with their reaction to Ilya killing Elena which was horrifying btw - there was plenty of time to get into the room and stop her death or even just move Sasha away, and then seriously, would you really let the guy run around after having just witnessed what they saw, being held at gun point by Harry and realising that your Mum was completely selfish. I didn’t think so either. I know the team were probably cut up about watching Ilya kill Elena, but they see death all the time, they can’t just lose their heads like that.

On a quick side note; Erin your hair is too perfect and you change your clothes far to often.

And then to that horrible bit…firstly, CPR people. If you’re going to inject adrenaline you need to do compressions too. Seriously do MI5 not know first aid either?! And why was Erin there – it should have just been Harry and Ruth in shot.

Anyway, it was heart breaking; and I think that was purely down to Nicola Walker and Peter Firth, I loved that Harry didn’t want to touch Ruth with his bloodied hand but didn’t wipe the blood away so that he could because it was hers. I loved the replaying of the 5.5 music. But that was it. Now I’m not naive enough to think that the ending was going to be happy, but between all the tears I couldn’t help thinking that Ruth’s death was rushed and pointless.

I do think that Kudos misunderstood the fans they’ve probably been looking at fan fiction to much! I think most of us would have been annoyed if Harry and Ruth walked off into the sunset together, I really do believe that the shippers would have been happy with a simple acknowledgement that the relationship between Ruth and Harry would progress and become a relationship which would have also pleased the non-shippers because it wouldn’t have been out of character, for both Ruth and Harry and the show itself. After 10 years of investment, admittedly mine is only about two/three years it would have been nice to have something happy.

Secondly, which arguably is what has annoyed me more, is that Ruth’s death was pointless, she didn’t sacrifice herself for Harry as some have suggested, she didn’t know that Sasha had that piece of glass. She didn’t sacrifice herself for the country or to protect civilians like other characters and she didn’t die in a memorable way (I’m not saying that we won’t remember it, I just mean that it wouldn’t be top of my list of great character deaths) like Helen, Danny, Colin, Adam, Ben, Ros and Jo for example. It just seemed like a poor way to go for arguably one of most loved Spooks characters. It got me thinking of Ianto’s death in Torchwood actually.

EDIT: I have just re watched it, and she does realise that Sasha hs the glass just before he stabs her,  but I still don't think it's sacrifical, going on what persiflage_1 has just said, with which I agree with, it seemed as if she wanted to talk Sasha down, reason with him because that's the type of person she is. It was only that he stabbed her before she could do this. So therefore, my original point still stands!

I don’t mean to say that I hated it because it showed the sacrifices MI5 officers have to make, I just think that if they were going to kill Ruth off, she needed something better. I know Kudos wanted to create a memorable and surprising final episode, but most of us knew that a death would come, we just didn’t know who would fall and surely it would be more of a surprise to let everyone live, because that’s the thing that the fans were least expecting.

Moving on, because I fear that I’ll debate myself to death;

Tom’s return was lovely, a brief encounter but I liked that it almost hinted that he and Harry were still in contact. As much as I wanted the return of Zoe, or Tessa, even Juliet, having Tom there was fitting and reconnected us to the past eras without dwelling on it too much. A glance of Malcolm, maybe consoling Harry would have been amazing though.

The memorial was lovely even if it’s Kaplan Kudos a fitting tribute to those who had passed before. I kinda liked that it didn’t focus too much on the names, just skimmed over them so that the audience remembered but didn’t dwell so that the emphasis and on R. Evershed was more poignant. I must admit that I welled up again when the camera rolled over R. Myers, although I would have liked to have seen L. North and C. Jones up there in memory of what they gave to the service rather than what they became.

Finally, I have to say that the ending annoyed me too, I know it showed that life goes on and normality has to return even after death, but it just felt inconclusive. I think that some of the endings us fans came up would have been much more fitting.

I have so much more to say, but I’m getting frustrated and emotional again. I may come back and edit at a later date. I also thought I should say that I’ve decided to do my re-watch again, but this time I intend to review and post alongside watching the episodes in a bit to keep Spooks alive.

On the last note; it may seem that I didn’t enjoy series ten, which is true in comparison to older seasons, but like I said before I started rambling there were some highlights in this episode, as there were in the previous five and it’s Spooks so of course I’m going to watch it. Although I wasn’t the happiest with this final episode I do think that the return of Tom and the memorial to the dead were fitting tributes to the show.
 
 
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the_silverdoe on October 24th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Totally agree about the incompetence of the team! Erin saw Sasha, had it been Ros (or Lucas, or anyone that was there before) she would have stopped him! That bit really didn't make sense!
I'm frustrated that Lucas's name wasn't on the memorial, just because those damn writers messed him up! He deserved to be there! :(

But I really liked the finale, apart from the few nonsensical details (and it's Kaplan, for God's sake!). Given the overall low quality of this series (even though I enjoyed it) compared to other series, I think this finale was a high. And, well, Peter and Nicola were so heart-breaking, and there was real emotional intensity, that's what I wanted! I expected a really bad episode, so I'm pleased. And well, seeing Tom was really nice. :)
Laura: [Spooks] Ruth Evershedblue_mariposa88 on October 24th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
Seriously, if the safety of the UK rests in their hands I would be very worried. I know it was for the plot, but it seemed that this with this episode especially the writers seemed to disregard the fact that Erin, Calum and Dimitri would appear to be completely stupid and not up to the job.

I can't believe they spelt his name wrong, surely they have a list of characters, or they could have even resorted to Wiki if they were that desparate.

I did think it was a good episode, I think 10.5 and 10.6 have definetly been the best of the series, it's just that certain aspects annoyed me...

Peter and Nicola are always heartbreaking.
dweomeroflightdweomeroflight on October 25th, 2011 11:01 am (UTC)
Ruth's death was pointless. I am absolutely furious and I agree with everything you say.

And Harry stll working? You are joking?
Laura: [Spooks] Ruth Evershedblue_mariposa88 on October 25th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you agree. It's been two days and I'm still so annoyed.
dweomeroflightdweomeroflight on October 25th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
I don't think I'll ever forgive this ending. WHY SHOW? WHY????????????

It was silly and meant nothing and why? For some cheap tears and the claim of "audacious." Sorry Kudos. I'm calling it what it is... bullshit.

Laurablue_mariposa88 on October 25th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)

I hope they will put an alternate ending on the DVDs so I can adopt that ending, otherwise I will just forget the last 10 minutes except for the memorial scene (minus Ruth's name) and Tom's return and just rely on my imagination.

Like I said I really do think Kudos a) missunderstood the audience and b) tried too hard to make it tragic.

dweomeroflightdweomeroflight on October 26th, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
I think Kudos just didn't give a damn anymore. Shame.