- Oct 26, 2017
just finished it and thought the exact same thingBit of a necro bump, but I finally got around to watching this show and I loved it.
Sure the last episode strains the suspension of disbelief quite a bit, and that twist sure was... Surprising to say the least (in a bollocks kind of way) but also strangely sayisfying (in a Get Out kind of way).
All this being said, tying up all the lose ends take a a bit of mental gymnastics... But there is one link I can't quite make at the end because the show does not address it, though it is strongly implied in the series.
Maybe I missed something, and I wanted to check what the ideas are, because I haven't really found this adressed properly online so far.
Of course, it's about the bomb that killed Julia.
At the end, we know that somehow, Nadia was the bomb maker all along, and somehow -from prison the whole time- she got in touch with an organized crime boss (Luke Aitken) to help him sow chaos, including a corrupt Police Superintendent (Lorraine Craddock), in order to kill the Home Secretary and have David Budd blamed in the end.
Somehow, Nadia also directed her terrorist cell from prison, and told them to attack David's kids' school... Because... Thing.
Nevermind, that's not my problem here.
With all the red herrings, by the end we know that the other two main areas of suspicion, aka the Secret Services (Stephen Hunter and Longcross) and Home Department (Mike Travis and Rob McDonald) were just playing tug o' war with power alongside Julia and were not directly related to the assassination attempts.
But waaaiiiit a minute here.
The show went through a long and detailed explanation about how the bomb wasn't in the briefcase, that it was planted under the podium, and that being in an airtight container (to avoid dog sniffing explosives) it apparently was relying on plate pressure to be detonated.
Pressure by 2 people being on stage (hence Tahir Mahmood being sent there).
Which then directly implicates McDonald and Travis from Home Department as having directed the bomb planting and being accomplices (at the very least Travis) of the bombing... As they obviously sent Mahmood there with specific instructions.
So why dropping that "little" detail completely at the end, brushing it aside with a "Luke Aitken just found a way somehow" ...
So... Am I off my rocker here, or is it a case of "Orient Express murder" (they All had a hand in it) with some unsolved ties?
/End of ramblings
the whole pressure plate/Mahmood thing doesn't make a lot of sense with the final explanation. or are we supposed to believe that it was all just a big accident?
I still think it was a good show. never truly great but it managed to get my attention and keep me interested. the least episode was thrilling despite some logic issues and some things falling into place too easily.
generally it was very similar to 24 I think, with all the moles and twists and how the show plays with your expectations about who's behind it all.