Post by jno on Aug 19, 2015 8:45:50 GMT
This one starts with a very sinister type intro as FBI agent Peter Morgan is murdered and has his kidneys removed against his will. With a very personal interest in the case as Malone knew Peter's father, CI5 are on the case and Malone has the whole team busy in Richmond, Virginia on the hunt for the killers. Malone is specifically suspicious of the FBI in this one and decides the only people he can really trust are his own team.
Curtis & Keel soon discover the killers are a team of two men wearing long black coats and the hunt is on to track them down. The CI5 team set up a sting operation with Keel going undercover as a vagrant with a rare blood type and Malone as Sir John Grover, an Englishman suffering from kidney failure - both in place with the aim of luring the murderers out into the open and exposing an illegal organs for sale scheme.
There are some very good shots of life in the slums in this one, particularly as Keel is kidnapped and Curtis & Backus try to track him down.
One thing that surprised me a little in this one was that where as Keel was able to take down two trained police officers on the roof in 'Hostage' (episode 4) with relative ease, he was overcome by the two hoods that come to take him away after Malone has 'planted the seed' and set the whole sting up. Even Curtis has a line that Keel is 'losing his touch' so this was addressed.
It was great to see Keel using all his CI5 training on the run from the two hoods. There is a big twist in this story which I must admit I didn't see coming at all and the ending contains (yet again) a particularly gruesome, abeit short shootout to tie up a loose end. The only dubious thing about this one is at the start - being an FBI agent, Morgan is very happy to just go along with the prostitute that lures him to his end - surely his FBI training should have kicked in there? Otherwise, perfect.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this one, excellent stuff with a very plausible no-nonsense plot based in the US - the whole team doing their bit, lots of action and Edward Woodward and Kal Weber on their absolute best.
Top stuff 9/10 - this is contender for best episode overall for me so far as I work my way through the series unedited.