Review: MI-5

By CLIF GARBODEN  |  March 31, 2009

But these detractions pale before MI-5’s larger merits, and simply saying it’s superior to similar American efforts undersells it. US viewers will have to get past the deliberately anxious pace, as well as both the clipped British accents and the horribly mimicked American ones, but once you buy into it — period-piece production tricks and all — MI-5 is one thing television almost never is: genuinely suspenseful, engaging, and exciting. Call it manipulation if you like, but with the right material, it works.

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