The State Within

The State Within

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A tightly plotted conspiracy thriller about the limits of diplomacy in a world where government has abdicated responsibility for war.

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tenet
Mar 20, 2017

Rated 8/10. Although I found the first three episodes confusing (stick with it!), as to plot and characters, it definitely picked up for the last three.

To me, the outstanding acting was done by Sharon Gless. I found her role to be well played.

Overall, an exciting series.

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i_am
Sep 22, 2014

With privatization of wars, is it any wonder that the wars keep occurring with an eerie regularity.

harrybrowne Jul 25, 2014

Absolutely outstanding series (again) from the BBC. Made in 2006 against George Bush, it is as timely as ever. Because governments have always been, are now, and always will be corrupt, murderous warmongers who sacrifice innocents for their own powerful ends. Anyone who does not believe this is seriously deluded. Acting, script, direction, and pace are perfect. Sharon Gless could be Hilary Clinton, she is so cold-blooded and evil. Not for those with a short attention span, it grips you from start to finish.

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shadynz
Apr 27, 2013

Very excellent series! Although only 6 episodes, it totally draws you into the plot. The scary thing is, do we know for sure this isn't happening for real?...................

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docjnsuss
Feb 17, 2013

Although The State Within is a BBC production most of the action takes place in the United States. The British Ambassador is witness to a terrorist attack that blows up an airliner bound for England killing all of the passengers on board. The terrorist attack sets in motion a complex plan by a large corporation, a private contractor and elements within the State Department to overthrow a corrupt government in the former Soviet Union. Vested corporate interests as well as American military bases are at stake. The conspiracy is a covert plan to provide reasons for war. The British Ambassador and other employees of the British Embassy are in the middle of events as the conspiracy unfolds.

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ralwal
Jan 06, 2013

Watched the first two episodes and part of the third before giving up. The story is so convoluted it was hard to understand what was going on. One reviewer said it took place in the U.K but this was in the States - maybe there are two versions?

kaveh_haddadian Jul 15, 2012

It is another well-done fiction work by BBC. It makes you pause and think and re-think everything you hear and see in mass media. Very thought provoking.

Highly recommended. It is both thriller and informative in one package.

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aqiva
Nov 26, 2011

Closed-captioning is very poor: Small, lower case with fuzzy letters. But this is a BBC production; they're well known, as is PBS, for poor quality closed-captioning.

The script is so bad it's amusing at times. Several characters look alike. The British Ambassador to the US completely belies credibility; he was probably written to be like the youthful Tony Blair. Many characters have the depth of cartoon characters. are cartoonish. If one likes a story completely lacking depth, with vapid characters for whom the viewer might feel any sort of connection this could be your cup of tea. The script writers posit the idea that a British Ambassador to the US would show up for work at his office in a black t-shirt; that he would come and go around DC while driving his own car and going to eat at fast food places and restaurants of his choice. Lame fare. Good luck following who's who, and why.

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bibken
Oct 31, 2011

Very well done and quick-paced tale of political intrigue and nastiness in the UK. Well worth the time spent watching this mini-series. The rather in-your-face opening scene kinda grabs your attention and the show doesn't really let go until the credits roll.

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

A tightly plotted conspiracy thriller about the limits of diplomacy in a world where government has abdicated responsibility for war.
Jason Isaacs, Ben Daniels, Sharon Gless, Neil Pearson, Lennie James, Eva Birthistle. .
a BBC/BBC America co-production

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