Four stars for the Netflix series The Diplomat: ‘A puzzle in progress’ | show
ReviewLovers of international intrigue will be catered for in the six-part series. the diplomat, in which backroom politics is practiced at the highest level. The series is already a hit on Netflix.
Everything revolves around the diplomatic couple Kate and Hal Wyler, played by Keri Russell and Rufus Sewell. He is a former United States ambassador with a considerable record and an inveterate vain vomit. His wife has earned her spurs as a diplomat in the Middle East, and she is used to operating in the shadows. To her horror, overnight she is appointed United States ambassador to England, a position fraught with protocol that the practical Kate isn’t exactly expecting.
This awkward situation becomes even more precarious when an attack on a British warship in the Middle East leaves more than 40 dead. The British government claims that Iran is behind the attack, but Kate has her reservations. Rightly so, as it soon turns out.
the diplomat offers a witty and chaotic view of this environment. For the viewer, it is an advantage to compare the heads of government on stage with real politicians.
Is the crude British Prime Minister who constantly quotes Churchill based on Boris Johnson? He is nothing like him in appearance, but his erratic behavior is familiar. And the US president, an older white man who doesn’t seem too smart, is grafted onto both Biden and Trump? It is an ongoing puzzle.
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But everything revolves around Kate in the series. A woman who does not allow anyone to dictate the law to anyone in this world, she follows her own path in this minefield despite her overzealous husband annoyingly trampling her foot and regularly introducing himself as ‘Madam Ambassador’.
the diplomat You don’t just have to rely on frantic plot twists. The dialogues are clear and come from the pen of Deborah Cahn, who caused a sensation with acclaimed series such as the west wing in Homeland. The language tends to be foul, and Kate, who is shocked to discover that this ambassadorship is a litmus test for a potential promotion to US Vice President, doesn’t mince words about it either.
the diplomat mix many genres. It’s a political thriller on the one hand, but it’s also a dark comedy, especially as it examines Kate’s fading marriage.
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