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Monday, December 27, 2010

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a healthy, peaceful, loving, creative and inspiring 2011!
Thanks for amazing and entertaining me with wonderful talents!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

To all of my readers, Merry Christmas! I challenged myself to make a Christmas card for you!
It´s John Porter, away on a mission, thinking he maybe not be home in time for Christmas!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Harry/Lucas: A X-mas Back Story

The Tazbeks dropped a little Christmas present.
A CCTV footaged file, larded with Wikileaks print-outs, free for interpretation.

On a lunch break:
Ruth: What´s that with you and Lucas?
Harry: Nothing.
Ruth: Mmm...
Harry: Now really, Ruth, I wish you would  keep out of my affairs.
Ruth: Affairs?
Harry: Work-related.
Ruth: Don´t boss me around, because you say you love me.
Harry: Do you want your life back or not?

At Harry´s office:
Harry: I went through your stuff and found this.

Harry: I had to dissect it to get it out of that file cabinet.

Harry: It was reported he was your main confidante.

Filed under TAZBIG004-LN

Harry: While I thought I was your little friend!
Lucas: That was before your time.

At home:
Harry: Maybe I shouldn´t be this harsh on Lucas.

Next morning:
Lucas: You said you will make up for it, Harry.
Harry: Don´t push it.

At the Home Secretary´s office:
Ros: Harry, you know Lucas is in a bit of a state, don´t rub the knob so hard.
Harry: Nothing I can´t handle, Ros, but thanks for your concern.

In the field:
Lucas: I am not sure about this alley...
Harry: Get on, move it! Yes Ruth, you were saying...

Lucas: You´ll get compromised, you made me go!
Harry: Leafs on the railroads, what´s new?

Harry: Look, Darshavin is past tense, forget about him!
Lucas: You know I can´t, I keep a diary.

Harry: The situation has changed, this is for the better.
Lucas: The Russians are not the only ones!

Flashback on Sugarhorse:
Harry: They can come and get their X-mas present!

Sorry people, I didn´t say it was quality information.

Screencaps: allegedly www.peterfirth.co.uk, top-classified

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Taking Directions From Sir Guy

"You do NOT speak to me!"

We need something funny after Spooks.
What´s the difference between Spooks and English grammar?
Coming clean on English grammar is far more deadly dangerous.

We trace, we are not toying.

Actors take directions from the text and the way the grammar is used.

We think we say it right, but then it comes out wrong.

This foreigner thought the phrase ´objective´ was about English grammar.
When an actor uses this phrase, it becomes actors´ bullshit.
Actors´ bullshit cannot be found in the English Dictionary.
Hence actors want to use it.

We cry or burst into a song.

Take the phrase ´actions´, it would be about movements, right?
When an actor uses this phrase, it´s reason to act upon it. 
Actions are real mouth openers or door shutters.

We connect or disengage from.

Or take the phrase ´subtext´.
Beneath the text it´s a dark place.
Actors split the ongoing underlining in action, reaction and decision.

When joking turns out wrong.

The article of 8 October, 2010 gave me That Mitchell And Webb Look.

Which reminded me of a particular grammatical friendly rub in Vicar of Dibley.


 Could tell you all about Dutch grammar in Dutch.
English grammar, mind me stammering?

It´s annoying.


Taking directions...

Added (in fear being misinterpreted if not explained):
It looks not very good, Gisborne not wanting to hear the explanation.
But in fact, if you know the series, he distracted Vasey to save the wrong do-er´s life.


The phrases ´objective´, ´subtext´ and ´actions´ refer to Stanislavsky´s system about rehearsal processes. The phrase ´actors´ bullshit´ is used by professions In The Business, who don´t get that kind of talk.

You could read:
The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit by Bella Merlin 
Actions, The Actors´ Thesaurus by Marina Caldarone.

RAcentral - Sir Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood ep. 2.11 Treasure of the nation

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Spooks Review 9.8: A Horse Is A Horse

The liar has been lied to... am I talking Lucas or Harry?

In which Lucas prays, Maya stays in a hotel, Lucas drives a delivery van, Tariq should relax, Maya has doubts, old colleague Alec gets a temporary second chance, Beth has to shoot, Harry contradicts himself, but saves Ruth and Lucas goes over the edge.

Learning from last episode 9.7, one can conclude that Sir Harry hates to use the words "You´re fired!". Instead he strokes his heart and gives Lucas his weapon back to find his blackmailer. That´s the upbeat for what´s to come. It only can get crazier, so I decided to buckle up for this rollercoaster.

Personally, sorry seems to be the hardest word, as *cough* I still had to write this review after seeing the series finale.
One thing let to one other... My notes were written, but then I had to fight a terrible cold off my chest...

This story of the week is about Lucas going rogue and the Spooks team now see him as their enemy who was their Section Chief just a week ago. They have their hands full of bringing him in.

To quote Harry: "Our former Chief Officer has to be regarded as a rogue officer who is in possession of information which, if it would fall into the wrong hands, would pose an unpresedented threat to the national security. I don´t need to remind you that he´s a skilled, resourceful and dangerous operative. Our main priority is to find him and bring him in, whatever the cost."

It´s all about Lucas´s motives. Harry: "The man who we know as Lucas North, what does he think? What does he feel? What´s driving him? We must find something that will tell us what´s going on inside his head, before it´s too late. Personal belongings, case histories. Where does he spend his time? Where are his weak points? He´s on the edge. We have to discover what´s taken him there. He´s highly trained, fragile and desperate. We cannot allow him to find the Albany file. By seeking it, he has made himself a traitor. This man was our colleague and friend. But have no illusions, he´s now our enemy." Harry, what have you done?

Beth and Dimitri then sweep Lucas´ flat and find nothing personal, except a well-read book of William Blake. Harry tells the team what the Albany file is and does.

Lucas meets the Chinese man who usually deals with Vaughn. Lucas negiotiates a deal for the swap of the Albany file, not knowing or wanting to know what it does.

Lucas/John has chosen his pension plan

The Home Secretary lets Harry know that he is appalled that The Service has been fooled by an imposter (L/J) all these years. The Home Secretary wants to know: "Should we be concerned?" knowing that the man in question was blackmailed by Vaughn, whose strings were pulled by the Chinese. Harry confirms that L/J is not quite ´on the level´: capable, but confused, desperate and thus more dangerous. "We don´t really know what we´re dealing with, so I´ve decided to call in a specialist."

After some massaging, Harry picks up a former employee of Internal Affairs, who was one of the best in his field, but difficult to work with.

Lucas/John and Maya are in a hotelroom. Maya can´t stop thinking about Michael. Lucas says his name was Vaughn, so she calls John ´Lucas´ as to proof he manipulated her. Maya wants to leave. Lucas/John has one thing to do first. He´s off driving a delivery van.

Harry returns to the Grid with Alec for a meeting with the team. Beth reports that Lucas had been busy with booking flights, cloning cards and bouncing fake phonecalls all over the world. Alec tells all not to call Lucas Lucas or John anymore as it´s a chase for someone who doesn´t exist. Harry introduces Alec as someone who brings rogue officers in. A phrase that causes a bit of a shock to Beth. Tariq checked Lucas´ latest calls, one from Vaughn. Dimitri, Beth and Alec go and find Vaughn dead, due to a knifewound by John, according to Alec. "Question is, if he isn´t being blackmailed anymore, we must assume he isn´t, what the hell is he doing?"

Lucas stops his van and goes into some building, sets up a laptop and lays a transport blanket on  a stack of pallets.

Back on the Grid Dimitri, Beth and Alec reason why L/J hasn´t fled. Because he created the smokescreen, they think he´s still in London and gone into business for himself. Harry gets a distressing call from Lucas, that he never meant it, and he wants to come in today. Harry agrees to pick him up at the given location. While Dimitri and Beth and some snipers are on the spot, Harry and Alec are still on the Grid. Alec: "He lied to you. When he was telling you about Vaughn´s killing, the real Lucas North, the bombings, that was bullshit. You see, I know liars, Harry. Good ones can construct entire lies on the spot. He mixes in enough truth, details that reflect badly on himself, but the narrative was too perfect. The thing is.. you know liars too. There were times during that interrogation where you could have pushed him. You should have pushed him. No-one likes to believe these things, about the people who are close to them. Lucas or Albany, Harry? You might not be able to save them both."

Tariq and Ruth sit in the van and are ready for the operation. Ruth gets called by Lucas. He says he is in some cafe, wants to come in, then he says he can´t do it. Beth and Dimitri see someone running. They follow him and shoot him, but it´s not Lucas. The van is unattended and gives Lucas the opportunity to forcefully take Ruth out of the van.

Harry receives a call from Lucas: "A straight swap, Albany for Ruth. Today or you never find the body." Harry: "Don´t you hurt her". Dimitri notifies that Lucas swapped his van for something else. Beth mentions the Albany file. Harry: " Lucas has identified one of the people who know where the file is: me." Dimitri and Beth don´t think it´s wise of Harry to give the file to Lucas, as he is holding Ruth as a hostage. Harry: "You´re suggesting I would consider making that deal?! Well, come with me."

Lucas thinks it´s time to set the record straight about his balance sheet

Ruth tries to talk into Lucas´ moral values and believes. Ruth doesn´t recognize him because of his reactions, tries to quote Russian proverbs at him. Ruth tells him Harry would not give him the Albany file. She tests his reaction if he would really kill her. His answer scares her. She then asks if he would know what the Albany file is and does. She tells him anyway.

Alec tells Harry he found in Michael/Vaughn´s wallet a picture of doctor Maya Lahan. Alec had a hunch and checked her. He thinks she´s at the centre of it all. Tells Tariq has to relax, while he just crashed an entire French mobile network to track Maya in a UK hotel.

Harry, Dimitri and Beth walk into a church with a suitcase. Inside the church another suitcase with the Albany file is hidden, with tracker, according to Harry. They switch it, but Harry has to hurry outside. Beth and Dimitri smell something suspicious and don´t make it to the exit. Harry takes the suitcase.

Ruth tells Lucas Harry has asked her to marry her. Lucas is surprised. Ruth shares her doubts. Lucas does not get why she refused, she should go for it.

Outside, Alec waits at the car. Harry brings the suitcase and asks if Alec and Tariq have found the woman. Alec names reasons why he steps slightly out of line. He says that he should not interfere with Harry´s upcoming actions. However does he realise there is no way back? Harry responds by saying that Alec should wait and then get Dimitri and Beth out of the vault. Then they should go to the hotel and prepare to take Lucas, but do not spook her. Harry says Alec´s reasons were wrong. He hired Alec, because he had nothing to lose.

Meanwhile Lucas mums Ruth, then calls Harry and gives a location to drop off the suitcase. In front of a digital video camera, Harry not only has to show he brought the case, but also is bug-less, by changing his phone and clothes.

Alec gets Beth and Dimitri out of the vault and tells them that Harry didn´t want them to be implicated.

Lucas tells Harry on the phone that a car, pre-programmed with destination, is ready. When he finishes the call, Ruth repeats her plea that she doesn´t recognize Lucas as the man she knows. Lucas takes his seat next to her and reveals, larded with flashbacks, where the real Lucas North currently is. Ruth repeats also that Harry will never give the Albany file, on which Lucas takes her in an armlock and gives her an injection, muttering that she always has underestimated herself.

Lucas and Harry meet at the river. Harry first has to drop the case in a bin. At a safe distance Lucas opens the case and inserts the usb-stick. "This is it! Harry Pearce giving up a state secret?! Committing treason for just one life?" Lucas doesn´t trust this, for if it´s real, Harry gets it back, eventually. Thinks they have found Maya and wants to fetch her under a free exit granting. Harry: "Alternatively, I throw Maya in a cell, issue a kill order on you, and find Ruth myself." Lucas tells Harry that Ruth is sedated with an anaestatic drip which will make her overdose in 3 hours. "I really don´t want to hurt her, Harry". Lucas really needs the free exit. "Once Maya and I are in the air, I´ll tell you where she is". Lucas drives off.

Harry asks Tariq to patch him through to notify the rest of the team to stand down. Beth and Dimitri protest. Harry: "You have your orders, you will follow them! If you do not, I will decommission you. Do you understand?" Harry asks Tariq to patch him through to Alec: "I need you to do something."

Lucas stops at the hotel, walks into the hotel room where Maya stares outside. He asks her to come with him. She seems not that happy. They remain silent in the lift ride downwards. In the hall the team stands down. Alec notifies Maya as she walks by with Lucas, what Lucas has done to his colleague. Outside, Lucas legitimates that he had to take her, as it was their only way out. Maya asks him to let her go. Lucas urges her to get in the car and he will tell Harry where Ruth is, once they´re safe.

The Home Secretary asks Harry if the Albany file is safe. Harry states that Lucas has it and that he has given it to him.

Lucas and Maya change cars. Lucas onloads their bags. Maya thinks Lucas can make that call now as he can´t let Ruth die. Lucas calls Harry. "It´s not me you will have to thank." Harry calls for the paramedics. Maya tells Lucas she´s been contacted by Alec, a guy who works for Harry Pearce, who told her everything. Lucas gets flashbacks and hears himself: "Where I live, I have hope". Maya confronts Lucas with his lying and being a killer. "For the first time you made sense." Even the fact that he continues to state he loves her, is proof that he still believes in this lie.

You are a liar and how do I know this? I watched the series `Lie to me´!

A car approaches. Lucas: "They gave you a tracker!" Beth, Dimitri and Alec shoot at Lucas and Maya who hide behind their car. Lucas and Maya get in the second car and drive off. Alec finds their tracker in the parked car. Lucas thinks they had a lucky escape, however Maya is awfully quiet. He checks her, she bleeds heavily. He continues to drive, while she has to stop the bleeding, but she has no strength anymore. He stops the car. He strokes her, but it´s too late. It´s an emotional moment for Lucas, in which he sees more flashbacks and hears the voices of Vaughn: "Too many lies, John" and Maya´s: "You´re a liar, John."

Harry finds Ruth, she´s alive. Dimitri, Beth and Alec find Maya lying dead on the side of the road.

The Chinese man is at the rendez-vous where a helicopter is ready for take-off. Lucas hands over the suitcase. A second Chinese man opens the Albany file with an usb-stick. The first man asks: "Mr. North, where is your friend?" Lucas: "She´s not coming."

Ruth thanks Harry and hopes he didn´t pay too high a price. Harry sighs.

The second Chinese man nodds. The helicopter takes off.

Tariq notifies the team that airtraffic reported an unidentified heli. Ruth doesn´t recognize Harry as the man she knows. She can´t believe she was worth it. All the others sacrified their lives, it should have been her turn. Dimitri reports to receive a live video stream of Lucas. Lucas calls in and tells he has put an explosive in a subway station. They have to find it, it needs every 3 minutes to reset. Lucas needs Harry to come and meet, otherwise the explosive will detonate. Harry asks for the Albany file, which is now with the Chinese. Ruth doesn´t want Harry to go. Dimitri suggest to go for a second option, to shadow him. Harry has 20 minutes.

While Harry drives his car, he speaks a voicemail message to his daughter and her brother.

Harry meets Lucas on top of a high building. Lucas holds a gun to Harry´s head. Harry: "Why here?" Lucas: "Someone I used to know lived here. Besides I want to be alone for this." Harry: "This, being my death?" Lucas blames Harry for giving a kill order to kill Maya.  Harry would have done it again. Lucas claims he loved her and did this all for her. Harry says that some of the worst things are done in the name of love. Lucas slaps him with the gun. Harry mentions the explosive. Lucas says it´s a fake and it´s brought Harry here on the roof. By handing over the Albany file to the Chinese, it will make Harry a traitor too. Harry reveals that that receipt didn´t work. That saddens Lucas, thinking Maya died for nothing. Harry informs after the Dakar bombing. "If you knew what you were doing, how could you do it?" Lucas: Vaughn gave me the chance to be someone. To do something!" Harry: "Wish you met me first." Lucas: "So do I." Harry offers to help Lucas, the Service still owes him. Lucas fears the prison, sketching Harry to sip whiskey and feeling sorry for himself. "This job at the Service is a machine: good people go in and get shoot up and get spat out. That´s how you make sense of it. The Service didn´t do that to me. I was.. bad before I went in." Lucas asks Harry to turn around and not to call him Lucas. Harry: "What should I call you? Are you John the murderer or Lucas the man that gave so many years, saved so many people, saved so many lives. Who are you?" Lucas: "I´m nothing." Harry calls his bluff to shoot him, but hears nothing. He hears a scream of a woman, turns around, looks over the edge of the roof, hears a car alarm in the street...

The remaining Spooks look sad: in the subway, on the Grid...

48 Hours later asks Harry if the Home Secretary has spoken to the Chinese. The Home Secretary has done such a thing, but it took them some hours to find out the file was worthless. However he proposed a partnership. What Harry´s fate concerns, there will be a full enquiry into Harry and not just to this sorry affair, but his whole career. "You´re the spy they want to kick back out fo the cold, I´m afraid. I´ll be there batting for you, but I don´t see this ending well. I start preparing for life after MI5. I´m truly sorry, goodnight."

Lucas/John: "I´ve killed people and I´ve saved people, I´m still in credit"

Question of the week:
Is this the end of Lucas North (refrase: John Bateman - as well)?

Heart frosted spy, just as cold as freezing winterstorms

Tease: determined Lucas, drives a delivery van (a Transporter, probably), his organisation skills
Nice: Lucas´ compassion with Ruth about plans of marrying Harry, Ruth into more action again
Remarkable: Lucas eighth´s room gets visited by Ruth and Maya
Edge of seat: Lucas/John´s demise
Good: Lucas ´just´ sedated Ruth
Bad: Tariq and Harry get a fist, a doppleganger of L/N gets deadly shot
Sad: when the situation became hopeless, Lucas/John is still determined in his belief to love Maya
Almost missed: Maya´s ego when they changed cars, as in: "What about me, for a change?"-nag, lacking this only adds to her self-affacing, caring nature, but that´s what got her killed
Interesting: on earlier occasions, didn´t Harry also gave fake files away, but this time he´s up for suspension?
Pension plan: Sir Harry Pearce needs a file scrub in series 10
Hope: don´t tell me it´s the end of Lucas North as we know him. I want a full report on this with no tracker. I´m afraid, because of the Dutch mail strikes, I won´t receive an answer until series 10, or worse, series 11. I will have to wait for what the Tazbeks have in store for me
Verdict: over the edge

Screencaps: RACentral, TFB last one is my own artwork which makes me sad although I loved the going rogue waterfall