Angela Burr sends Jonathan, out to avenge Sophie Alekan, to Devon, to present himself as vicious drug dealer Tom Quince, a successful ruse helped by money from American agent Joel Steadman. Six months later he is working on the island of Mallorca where Roper and Jed are living with his little boy Daniel. Whilst the trio are at a restaurant with Roper's friends Lance Corkoran and Lord and Lady Langbourne Albanian thugs break in and kidnap Daniel for ransom but are thwarted by Jonathan. Unaware that the whole exercise has been staged a grateful Roper welcomes Jonathan into his circle, despite Corkoran's suspicions. In London Burr and Steadman congratulate themselves that MI6 are unaware of their plan.Written by
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There is half a psychopath lurking in there, Jonathan. I want you to find him and stick to him. Once you get down to Devon, you are the second worst man, first place, already taken. There is no right or wrong for you down there. Down there it's all me, me, me. Don't give anyone an inch. Anyone pisses you off, you smack em. Anyone who crosses you, God help them. I want you to scare the shit out of everyone, and that includes me. Richard Roper must know that you're in the same league as him. Laws...
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The second episode of the mini-series offers some nice touches and some others that just reek of conventionality. It is, though, as with the first episode, another nice showing of good acting, direction and plot development.
Pine gets in contact with Angela, who convinces him to help in stopping Roper once and for all. So now our hero has to go to the dark side to get into Roper's inner circle and help in destroying it.
As with the first episode, the visuals, and the acting are very very good. We have a chance to see more of Laurie, who it is pretty easy to see is enjoying this dark character. Olivia Colman is great too as Angela, Pine's "boss". This is Hiddleston's show, though, and he dominates with his calm and cool presence.
The first part is very good, but then the show falls a little bit into conventionality, with a couple of plot developments that could have been avoided, and that take a little bit from the story, and bring a sense of spy-of-the-week to the series. Nonetheless the quality of everyone involved is good enough to keep the series on the right side.
And the game between Laurie's Roper and Hiddleston's Pine has just started...
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