SPOOKS Season 9 Episode 7 Review

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SPOOKS Season 9 Episode 7 – If this episode had a title it would have to be ‘Betrayal’. This week we finally get (most of) the story behind Lucas and Vaughn, enough that we at least understand what Lucas was trying to hide and just how desperate he really is.

Meanwhile, Ruth spends the episode following up on a possible lead from a grieving council worker, while dealing with a reminder of the man she loved and lost. This finally gave us some solid headway in her relationship with Harry, as she can now tell him that she’s okay. She doesn’t blame him for her past love dying and she’s no longer grieving. But while this seems positive, it also emphasizes just how the job has warped her – warped all of them – into being unable to grieve. It’s a pretty sad situation.

But not as sad as Lucas’. The tale told over the first 4/5ths of the episode paints Lucas as a once misguided young man, lured by the temptation of money into inadvertently planting a bomb in a British embassy in Dhaka. Vaughn even kidnaps Maya, allegedly to keep her safe from the Chinese who want the Albany file, though he uses her as leverage to convince Lucas to get to the file more quickly. It all makes the viewer sympathetic to Lucas, wanting the best for him. We hope he can get out of the situation, get the girl, make Harry understand that he really does want to be the ‘Lucas North’ persona he’s built up for 15 years.

And then the final ten minutes hit us like a ton of bricks. Our Lucas was the one who killed the real Lucas North. He knew that he was planting a bomb; Vaughn even says it was all Lucas’ idea. We don’t know all the facts yet, but we know enough that it feels like we, the viewers, have been betrayed.

Sure, Lucas North as we know him has been a good guy and a great agent, but does that excuse what he once did? And can it possibly excuse the desperate murderer he has become? Lucas knows his association with MI-5 is almost over, that Maya will probably second-guess their relationship now that everything has come to light, so what will he do next?

This episode isn’t the strongest of the series so far, but it was still a solid offering that taught us a lot about two of the main characters. While the outcome out of Ruth’s storyline was interesting, I would have preferred more time spent on the Lucas storyline, though the preview for next week shows that we’re in for a very Lucas-heavy episode. I can’t wait to see what he does next!

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  • siriusgreen1

    A flawless episode. One of my favourite Spooks episodes ever – if you want to see more classic Spooks you will NOT regret watching the opening two episodes of season five. They’re the best episodes I’ve ever seen (I missed some of seasons three and four so can’t fully vouch for those).