Mi-5: Volume 3 [DVD] [Import]

Mi-5: Volume 3 [DVD] [Import]

Craving some spy action? There are just 10 episodes in this third season of the U.K.'s popular and acclaimed espionage series <i>MI-5</i> (known as <I>Spooks</I> in its country of origin), but there's more intrigue on hand than most TV action/dramas (or feature films, for that matter), and the sheer volume of extra features will definitely please devotees of this excellent program. If volume 3 is your introduction to <i>MI-5</i>, the opening episode, "Project Friendly Fire," is a solid crash course on the heights of suspense and plot twists the show undertakes on a regular basis: agent Tom Quinn (Matthew Macfayden from <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>) has disappeared after shooting his superior (Peter Firth), and his teammates must not only clear his name but save MI-5 itself from a government investigation. From there, <i>MI-5</i> ratchets up the tension and action in each episode: the team tackles an extremist faction that has disrupted Middle East peace talks and now threatens British officials ("A Prayer for My Daughter"), a hacker bent on destroying Britain from the inside ("Outsiders"), and a kidnapping plot that forces new agent Adam (Rupert Penry-Jones) to make a terrible decision. In short, it's superior action-adventure television that certainly gives Stateside series like <i>24</i> a run for its money.<p> For series fans, volume 3 offers a staggering amount of supplemental features on the season, its performers, and the creative forces behind the show. Featurettes on the directors of each episode are included, as are interviews with cast members on their careers and characters, and series creator David Wolstencroft, who discusses the program with other writers from the program. Ten minutes of deleted scenes, a gallery of images from the season, and commentary on each episode (from producer Andrew Woodhead, director Johnny Campbell, executive producer Simon Crawford Collins, and cast member David Oyelowo, among others) round out the extras. Oh, and if you can't wait to find out what happens in season 4, ther