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February 01, 2012

British Series MI5 Really Ringing The PC Bell

steve_in_hb watched some of MI5 (or Spooks, as it's called in England) on Netflix. He called it "comical" and invited me to guess at the series' villains thusfar.

I guessed "Rightwing terrorist" for Episode one. He said no, that's episode two. Actually, though, I'm right. And anyway I got it in my second guess...

Episode one is apparently about an arch-Christian American fundamentalist who smuggles twenty bombs into England to blow up "family planning" offices.

This one has an awesome title which someone really s t r e t c h e d his writerly craft for-- Thou Shalt Not Kill.

This is where someone at the writer's table is supposed to say "Bit on the nose, isn't it?" but didn't.

Brilliant parody, except it's not a parody. That actually happened. Someone wrote this, and then real people actually scouted locations and filmed and acted in it.

Episode two is about MI5's efforts to stop a right-wing racist Minister of Parliament, who is attempting to start a race war in England by (if I have this right) framing Muslims for bombings.

Episode three is about Middle Eastern terrorists. Finally! But wait, oh, it's the Kurds, the only Middle Eastern cohort that seems to kinda-sorta like the West.

The BBC is just a joke.

"State media" is not media. It's propaganda.

Fake Episode Pitch: Pitch me a parody plot description for MI5!

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