A seven episode thriller from the BBC, The State Within would have been better at five episodes. Jacob Isaacs stars as the British Ambassador in the US. He’s had a stellar career and is about to move on to bigger and better things, when a British Airways plane crashes and terrorism is suspected. Sharon Gless stars as an Iron Lady type, Secretary of Defense. Meanwhile down in Florida a Brit is about to be executed and for two murders he didn’t commit. Soon we see political intrigue and a possible war with Turkistan.
The ambassador’s surrounded by villains and in the beginning we wonder how this is connected to the Florida attempt to get a stay of execution.
I was hoping for something on par with Luther or MI-6, but The State Within doesn’t attain those heights. It’s decent enough, but the story does drag and the dialog and characters don’t stand out. I actually groaned when I realized the series wasn’t going to wrap up after 5 episodes. I’d had enough. But I did make it through the rest, but television should entertain, delight and/or stimulate. It shouldn’t feel like a chore and this did after a few episodes. The ending disappointed and I’m not sure why but it seems that the ambassador ends up with two romantic interests and a small child at the end. Huh?
The trouble with a thriller is your hooked. Even if I’m not having a great time, I do want to know who did it and why.