The Early Days of a Better Nation

Friday, July 04, 2003

Another Country

The 80s political thriller Edge of Darkness is getting a rerun on BBC4. If the first episode is anything to go by it has gained in strangeness with the passing of time. It combines conspiracy theory with the Gaia hypotheses and strange but (when you think about them, and some moments take some thinking about) believable reactions to bereavement.The recent past the series recreates is already another country. We did things differently there. Bob Peck's Lada-driving policeman Jack Craven doesn't get counselling after his daughter is shot in front of him and dies in his arms. He gets compassionate leave. He sees ghosts and hears voices. He goes forth to seek answers and revenge.

Post-counter-revolution people are wimps.


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