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I am still coughing, even after resting as much as possible this weekend.

Saturday night, I finished watching The State Within, notable because Jason Isaacs plays a good guy! He made an excellent good guy, if you're wondering.

I'd watched the first couple of episodes while I was home sick last week, and Saturday night was going to watch another couple, but ended up being compelled to watch all of the remaining four. It's one of those twisty-turny conspiracy thrillers with a high body count. Set in D.C., it's focused on the British Ambassador (Isaccs) who gets embroiled in a series of events surrounding a terrorist act that, of course, turn out to be more complicated than they seem. There's a large cast of characters and it's fun trying to figure out how all of them, and all of the events, connect (I wasn't able to figure it all out at any point!). Sharon Gless plays the U.S. Secretary of Defense, and she is a scarily convincing amalgam of quite a few types of American politician. I won't say any more because I think this is best enjoyed unspoiled.

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al_zorra
Nov. 14th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
It moved extraordinarily fast, didn't it?

I quite liked it. What was most interesting was this was an English production taking on a story located in the U.S. Seeing the English idea of Florida was particularly so.

I watched the Bill Nighey Page Eight streaming from PBS -- it was mediocre at best. These days one can never accept without noticing how very much , nor did Nighy seem up to what it took to be the lead in this production: when he isn't skating over his deliveries of almost-snarking of lines, with raised eyebrow to say can't you see the joke, he doesn't work well. It was all too pat, except that it did take on an issue that is utterly verboten in the U.S.

Love, C.
oracne
Nov. 15th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
I was expecting the view of the US to be much worse than it was.

I found it amusing that many of the "Americans" were played by Canadians.
swimtech
Nov. 16th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
Guess you haven't been watching Masterpiece Mystery, then. Isaacs plays a PI in "Case Histories." He's gorgeous when he's rumpled.
oracne
Nov. 17th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
I don't have cable, alas. But I am now really excited to see that show.
swimtech
Nov. 17th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
Silly Vix. Masterpiece (Mystery, Classic, and Contemporary) is, as it's always been, on PBS. You may even still be able to stream an episode or two online. If not, you can catch the rerun at some point.
oracne
Nov. 17th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
Before digital, I got reception on PBS only - after, even with the adapter, I got nothing. Sucks.
swimtech
Nov. 17th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Ah. Annoying. However, I think you can still stream Masterpiece online.
oracne
Nov. 18th, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
Most things turn up on DVD or something, eventually.
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