So I just watched an episode of Spooks. For those that don't know, it's a show on the BBC about the British secret service, in which a group of fairly attractive MI5 agents fight the forces of terrorism, use lots of codewords and engage in some half-hearted moral pondering, when they have time. So far so silly, but the budget is good enough to make it work and the show's creators know how to write an ok plot, build tension and play with the camerawork enough to make it dynamic without being too... skittish. I'm not a massive TV watcher, Spooks has been running for a fair while and I've never got into it, but you know what? Seems ok.
I've mentioned this show has a robust budget and solid direction, which unfortunately don't seem to have focused on one aspect of the program. There's something universally weird about the dialogue delivery in it, from like, every character. They speak as if there's extra punctuation in their sentences. It's not quite Shatner, but there are these odd pauses and unnecessary moments of emphasis that completely threw me from a perfectly interesting plot of some baddies planning to do unpleasant things with a boat and a lot of Semtex. Maybe that's how spies talk. I'm not sure, but it comes from every one of the main characters. Also one of them was undercover as a Russian ship captain and his accent was impressively unconvincing, but now I'm splitting hairs.
Has anyone else seen the show and know what I'm on about?