The lone wolf however, is much more difficult to counter. Cranks, zealots, obsessives, all derogatory terms for the terrorist that generates a particular type of fear because there is little that can be done to prevent them, short of mass-spying on the population. And that could never happen. Oh, wait...
So, to the episode! A lone wolf, Nesbitt (played with steely determination by Keith Barron), fired from his job at a chemical factory, exacts his revenge by poisoning a coffee machine with a hallucinogenic drug, ADX, leading to the death of one employee, following some drug-induced fish-eye close-ups... and an "I-can-fly" moment.
|As if hallucogens weren't horrible enough, added close-up|
In a scene cut from the current broadcast version, Nesbitt then heads to the pub to inject some ADX into the draught bitter and give the lunchtime drinkers a little extra in their Tavern VIP or pint of Harp. A Watney's Party Eighth, perhaps? I presume the scene has been removed because of the very blasé attitude to drinking and driving, or perhaps the grim interior of pubs and the limited choice (beef OR cheese sandwich) are best wiped from the collective consciousness. A series of ADX-induced car crashes ensues and a harassed Cowley arrives on scene (he's got his tie loosened round his neck, dammit!) and delivers a pithy one-liner.
Jump cut from mass casualty attack to... Birds! In sequinned underwear trotting through frame as Doyle and his undercover colleague wait to nail the drug-pusher, Sutton after a revue show. Unlike drug-pushers of today, they were much smarter 35 years ago. Sutton wears a three-piece suit, a syrup and is dealing by way of heroin-in-a-bunch-of-flowers. Sutton is connected with Nesbitt and so gets brought in by Doyle to be interrogated at CI5 HQ.
Bodie, by the way, spends most of the episode at a hospital bedside looking pretty miserable. As would I in that wide-lapelled houndstooth blazer.
|Not a handbrake turn in sight|
Race to the finish, cars, shootout, bomb disarmament and Cowley telling the boys off for ignoring orders. A wee dram of scotch and for once, the only losers are the bad guys.
As a first episode, it does a reasonable job of setting up the relationships between the central characters but it is a little too black and white. It does score well on the newly-created Nobody Ever Wins unrealistic-portrayal-of-a-drug-addict scale for Susan Fenton, a middle-class skag addict with lovely home furnishings.