My Netflix came the other day, and I was like “oh yay West Wing” but I had other things to do so I just left it on my floor. (Gracetopia, it is not a tidy place.)
But then I opened it and it was not West Wing. It was the final disc of The Sandbaggers!!
I haven’t seen this show for years, and I never saw this final disc, so I’m a little lost overall-plotwise. But–
So you know how I’ve been nerding out over Watchmen for the past couple of posts? This is the part where I nerd out about 1970s British TV.
The Sandbaggers is basically the opposite of James Bond. No gadgets, no bikinis, no ridiculous explosions. Instead, The Sandbaggers focuses on the bureaucracy of Intelligence. You think that doesn’t sound fascinating? You obviously haven’t seen this show.
The main character is Neil Burnside, played by the fabulous Roy Marsden. Neil is the head of the SIS division, whose operatives are lovingly known as Sandbaggers. He is a marvelous conflict, reprehensible and admirable, manipulative and brilliant. I really just can’t tear my eyes away.
So now I am watching the final episode. This saddens me, that there will be no more. Tears, tears, tears.
Interesting factoid: The Sandbaggers was written by a British naval officer-turned-writer who disappeared while flying over Alaska in 1979. Ian Mackintosh, his name is.
More info on the show can be found here www.opsroom.org.
EDITED TO ADD:
OMG NO WHY DID THEY END IT THAT WAY WHYYYYYYYYYY