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Deep State Review 2018 TV-Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Creators: Simon Maxwell, Matthew Parkhill
Stars: Anastasia Griffith, Mark Strong, Joe Dempsie
Review: This initial episode does just about enough to get the audience hooked and wanting more. A good balance of back story and character building/relationship detailing to give enough knowledge around the theme with a good dose of action and suspense to keep you wanting more.
Odd to call it as such given that Bourne was a copy of Bond, but this series thus far has more in common with for former than the latter.Regardless, this is a very well written political/spy thriller (5 episodes in) that is entertaining and intelligent. Each episode (as I recall) ends with a cliffhanger, so will keep you wanting more.
I was curious after seeing Mark Strong cast as the lead as has the acting nous to take on the main theme of the show given his track record in the genre. Thus far (5 episodes in) I have felt far from disappointed as this is turning into a very intriguing spy show that TV has missed since arguably “24.”
The perspective of this show, thus far, is less aligned with “24’s” early post-September 11 “terrorist” fears than with later American takes on “terrorism” such as the Bourne films, the underrated David Mamet movie, “Trojan” or UK film, “Eye in The Sky,” where the impact of systemic issues has on humans – on all sides – is explored. It also has the vibe of some of Liam Neeson’s recent action films within it as well. All of that makes this show to have all the potential to be a hit for the slightly more sophisticated straight male crowd looking for good entertainment that asks you to think a bit. That being said, the female characters are decently written and strong as well, so they are not just a side show.
It’s on EPIX in the U.S., a cable network that barely registers to most here and has had a series of misses with their original content, so it is going to fly under the radar to most here. I happen to get EPIX due to a subscription to HBO, so I am fortunate.
If you liked the Bourne films and similar shows I listed at least tickle your fancy I’d suggest you check it out. It will unlikely be a waste of your time, as I am already looking forward to the next episode.