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My Spooks 10 Journal - Day Three: Tender is ... Dimitri.

By Mariagrazia @SMaryG


Max Brown as Dimitri

My task is not an easy one indeed! Saying and not saying to avoid spoiling the pleasure of discovering the details by yourself. Hence, again, go on reading only if you have already seen this episode of Spooks or if you don't mind spoilers.
This episode story-line reproposes and investigates the theme of how hard being a spy can be, especially if you are not  unscrupled or insesitive . So we are get involved and become witnesses of  Ruth's, Harry's, Sasha's, the Home Secretary's (well, he's not a spy!) and, especially, Dimitri's weaknesses, doubts, regrets, fears, wishes. I love this aspect of Spooks, the introspection - though quick and never boring - into its protagonists' humanity.
In episode 3 Dimitri is asked to honey-trap a young woman to get to her brother suspected of being an anarchic terrorist trying to introduce radioactive material and attempt to the lives of many.
When Erin asks him to get as close as he can to the girl to discover as much as he can about her brother, he says candidly: " I thought we didn't do that. Erin, I'm not comfortable with it".
Tender sweet naive Dimitri. "Men are lying to women all over the world right now to get them into bed. Don't  over-think it", answers Erin.  And he does have to make efforts to overcome his scruples and bed the poor unaware terrorist's sister who's  totally hooked by gorgeous shy Ryan (Dimitri's cover name). Their first date is so incredibly weird and sweet at the same time. How disappointed will the girl be at discovering she was tricked and used? We can just imagine. Erin's infallible apologizing letter, included. Yes, she writes one to relent Dimitri's sense of guilt in the end.

Surprise, surprise! Even ice-cold Russian spies have a heart and cry! Moving scene between mother and son. Sasha wants to know from Elena why she betrayed her country. He had to kill to hide the truth. And sobs.
Poor Ruth! She's taken aback a couple of times in this episode and she's really puzzled but as strong as usual: Harry's total trust isn't there but he asks her something he knows will make her suffer: to meet Elena, the woman from his past,  in order to get her communiques. They meet in front of a tragic painting at the National Gallery, The Execution of Lady Jane Grey by Paul Delaroche. A premonition?
Then, unexpectedly, Ruth discovers she's got a secret admirer who wants her to change alliances, leave Harry and section D to work (is it just a business proposition?) for ... him.
Not going to say more. I've said too much.  Understood. I'll stop. No, just one more! They discovered who's behind the attempt to Gavrick's life, behind the stolen computer, behind the murder of their friend.

How sweet was Dimitri! Wasn't he?
I hope they (meaning the scriptwriters) don't have the time (only 3 episodes left!) to destroy and turn  his character upside down! They are persisten offenders and should face a trial once and for all.  Will they reveal he's there by mistake because he was mistaken for a tough navy officer while he actually was a very good boy from a seminary?
After Lucas North was turned into John Bateman I suspect everything's possible and nothing is too absurd for them.
Did I like this episode? Yeah, quite good. Though I was awkwardly relaxed for being there watching Spooks!
Watch The Cost of Being a Spy  (interviews from Series 9 set)

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