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"Spy Game" seeks to emulate classic spy shows like "The Avengers," "The
Man From U.N.C.L.E.," and "Get Smart." But these shows were far more
simplistic in their depiction of espionage, far more black and white.
We had not yet been exposed to the many shades of gray that more
complex story lines presented in movies like "Three Days of the
Condor," and "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold" or television shows
like "The Equalizer" and "Reilly: Ace of Spies" where the enemy could
just as easily be a trusted comrade as it could a foreign agent.
If a show is promoted as being campy action-adventure that's not meant to be taken seriously, then it should honor its limitations. I can accept fantastic plots of vengeful ex-spies turned assassins, human detonators, killer androids, deranged psychiatrists, and sexy spies with names like Honey Trapp. Just don't expect me to keep up when the show gets maudlin about the horrors of death and deceit in the espionage business. You'd never see John Steed needing therapy, or Napoleon Solo feeling remorse over an assignment gone wrong. That's because they weren't real spies, they were TV spies who were highly entertaining.
Also, some of the roles were miscast. Bruce McCarty's a fine actor, but his relative youth and guileless appearance made it difficult to accept him as Micah Simms, head of an independent spy organization with experience and contacts in the world of intelligence. Actors like Daniel Benzali (The Agency, Murder One), Paul Guilfoyle (CSI, Secret Agent Man), Miguel Sandoval (Murder One, Clear and Present Danger) or Tony Todd (Candyman movies, Babylon 5: A Call To Arms) would have been more credible in the role. Not to mention John DeLancie and Mitchell Ryan, both of whom had guest-starring roles on the show.
While I had no problem seeing Linden Ashby as war-weary ex-CIA agent Lorne Cash, Allison Smith's role as counterspy Max London seemed a bit of a stretch. Her fight scenes were less than convincing. It would have been more believable (and more comedic) to have her play a bureaucrat-turned-spy whose relative inexperience would contrast sharply with Cash's history in the field.
So what did I like about this show? The guest appearances of actors like Peter Lupus, Patrick Macnee, Dana Delany and John DeLancie were quite entertaining. And I love the theme song! It has such cool spy music. Come on, say what you will about the show, but you've got to admit that the theme song that was composed by Christophe Beck rates up there with I Spy, Man From U.N.C.L.E., and Mission Impossible.
So remember, if you get a chance to see "Spy Game," don't miss the opening credits; the theme song is not to be missed.
I still can't believe they only made one season.
'Spy Game' was a very interesting show. The action/fight moments were brilliant. Linden Ashby (Lorne) and Allison Smith (Max) looked impressive in the fight scenes. They made a very cool screen duet. Too bad, they aren't popular. Great actors!
The main theme song was great as well. You really feel that spy atmosphere while listening to it.
Many people call this show 'cheesy'. OK, maybe they are right but it was so entertaining at the same time.
Spy Game is one of the main reasons why I miss the 90's so much!!!
"Spy Game" was a great tribute to shows like "The Avengers" and "Mission: Impossible". It was witty and didn't take itself too seriously. It has and will remain one of my favorite shows of all time. Allison Smith, Linden Ashby and Bruce McCarty are all excellant actors. And people who don't like this show probably didn't like the other great Spy Shows and don't get why the material is funny and good.
Yes, it's cheesy! Yes, it's unbelievable! But it gets the humour and the action just right, and getting Patrick MacNee in for cameos makes it perfect. Try and catch all the references to The Prisoner, The Avengers, and so on. And it's so good to see a series where the girl does more than just sprain her ankle during the fights.
This is probably one of the worst Tv Series ever seen. For some reason, no matter how bad it progresses, you become mesmerized by the sheer idiocy of the program.
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