Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review Date: 8/8/17 1:55 pm
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There are one of two things about this episode that just don't make sense to me. So there's this nightclub in London that represents a forward-looking, cosmopolitan vision of the UK as an diverse, multi-ethnic democracy strongly integrated into the rest of Europe. It seems odd to me that a nightclub would have such a specific political identity, but I really don't know anything about nightclubs. Anyway, I totally get why a bunch of white nationalists would target such a nightclub for a terrorist attack, and that's exactly what happens here. I don't get why they would try to blame it on Muslims, which is also what happens here.
Also, if you have the ability to brainwash people into committing terrorist attacks by calling them on the phone, and you want to blame Muslims for blowing up the nightclub, why would you brianwash a white Scottish man into blowing up the nightclub? Why not brainwash the actual man you intend to frame? That would make it a lot more believable. That way, when someone looked at the CCTV footage of the attack (which evidently wasn't damaged by the attack), they would see a Muslim man. Instead, Dalton instantly realizes that someone is trying to foment racial hatred by falsely accusing a Muslim. (Incidentally, whatever happened to that guy who they framed? Presumably he was a real person, and he wasn't the suicide bomber, so where is he?)
It makes sense for a bunch of white nationalists to try to foment racial hatred against non-whites, but surely the best way to do that would be to use your brainwashing device to get Muslims to commit terrorist attacks. It doesn't make sense to use your brainwashing device to get the Deputy PM (of Indian ancestry) to commit suicide on live television in order to save her family from another terrorist organization. Sure, that will increase the general sense of panic, outrage, and confusion, but it will also whip up public sentiment against white nationalists. Whipping up both sides of a conflict doesn't make sense if you identify entirely with one side of that conflict.
These sorts of questions are very frustrating to me, but I understand that they may sound like nitpicks to some people. And, to be honest, the story is still pretty enjoyable despite everything I've said so far. It's tense, it's got a good pace to it, and it's fun to listen to. On the other hand, there are a lot of other things I could mention, like the PM taking military advice from his Press Secretary, and the fact that the script gives absolutely no indication that there are any members of UNIT other than Chaudhry, Dalton, and Hoffman. Or maybe how a man identifying himself as police murdered Hoffman right out in the open, and nothing ever came of that. To me, these aren't nitpicks. This is sloppiness. Carelessness. It suggests to me that the writer (and presumably the script editor also) never bothered to think through the story at all.
But again, despite all of that, it isn't a bad story. But it doesn't make sense, it kills off most of the regular cast, and it leaves me wondering, with just one episode to go, what the hell this series is even supposed to be about.