The latest series of Spooks came to an end tonight leaving the audience wondering if Adam had, at her own request, killed colleague Jo to save her from their torturers unaware that special forces were just about to storm the building.
Having recently re-watched the first three series it was surprising to realise that virtually the entire cast has changed since the opening episode without the feel of the series being affected.
The show has always had a high turnover of characters who either die – Danny, Colin, Fiona – or are forced to disappear for their own good – Ruth, Zoe and now Ros.
Possibly the cruelest exit was Colin’s. His senseless and brutal death was all the more shocking because of his status as an office-bound geek normally far removed from harm’s way.
When not bumping characters off the series is capable of them wonderful chances to shine. Earlier this series, convinced he was close to death and had nothing to loose, Malcolm displayed the bravery he’d always admired in front line colleagues.
The show isn’t perfect and is capable of some pretty low lows, hopefully reaching it’s absolute worst with series three’s rock star episode, but when it does hit the mark it rates as one of the best things on TV.
Tonight’s episode felt like a decent payoff for those who stuck through a story arch spanning ten weeks but I’d prefer next series to return to the single episode stories of past series.