Starring: Parker Sawyers, Jacqueline McKenzie, Tess Haubrich, Steve Toussaint
So I had been on the fence about watching this programme after having witnessed its rather lacklustre trailer. However, I hopped down from the fence earlier this week when I was looking for something to watch. Was it the best show I had ever watched? Here’s my review:
I confess, no it was not the best program that I’ve ever watched. However, I can’t lie, the programme had me hooked! Once the show got going, I found myself unable to turn away. Pine Gap gave me an engaging and tension-filled look into the lives of those who work in the Intelligence community. Though, I don’t doubt for one second that it was highly dramatised and as a consequence, some of the things that took place would definitely not have in real life.
Furthermore, all the acting in the show was good, but there is one person who requires a special mention and that is Jacqueline McKenzie who played Kath Sinclair. She was by far the most interesting character in the show. Her delivery meant that I truly empathised with the character when she she had her emotional moments. Moreover, when she was making all the hard decisions and joint leading the base, I was supportive of her balanced and thought out approach. If I was under her command, I would definitely be comfortable following her instructions lol.
Now onto the negatives of which there are a few.
Firstly, while the show was very engaging, it didn’t start off that way. The first half of the first episode was quite boring. It is only at the end of that episode that the began to get good. Honestly, I found this quite surprising in a show that features spies, treason and a missile launch.
Secondly, I really didn’t care much for the romance between Jasmina and Gus. This had nothing to do with the actors who I felt put in a good performance. However, call me a cynic, but I had no faith that their romance was going to run smoothly in their line of work. Therefore, I really didn’t care to watch any of their inevitable bust ups.
Thirdly, it did feel like some of the other analyst characters disappeared for a bit while they were no longer necessary only to re-emerge when the plot required it. As a result, whenever these characters had any sort of emotional quandary or plot line that didn’t relate to their job, I didn’t actually care. I know there were only six episodes, so they’d have to condense the time taken to provide their backstories to the audience. But clearly, one episode wasn’t enough and more time should have been devoted to it.
To conclude, Pine Gap was a really good show once it got started. The plot was filled with drama and intrigue both personal and political. Hopefully, there’ll be a season 2 because that ending was good!
But what did you think? Tell me in the comments
Featured Image taken from an article on the Guardian Website