Five Days II
I didn’t see the original Five Days, but based on an interesting synopsis and the BBC logo on the cover, I decided to give Five Days II a go. Now because of the complexities of getting my feelings about Five Days II down in review, I can’t promise that this will be spoiler free. Read on if you dare.
Five Days II immediately grabbed me and had me hooked. There was a lot more going on under the surface that just a suicide by train and an abandoned baby at the local hospital. It was looking like a great police drama where multiple story-lines would converge to create a massive episode five wrap up.
But then it became very apparent that the Five Days of the title, would be spread out over many months, which seemed more that a little odd and out of place.
The good is that the acting and characters are all great, the multiple story lines are fascinating, and it really does make you want to watch the whole thing is just two sittings. It’s British drama at it’s best.
But then comes along the later episodes, and this is where we get into, not so much spoiler territory, just telling it like it is, and running the risk of making you not want to watch Five Days II and causing you to miss out on a great piece of British drama territory. All the excitement, the converging story-lines, the high drama, the tease and promise of an explosive revelation come to naught.
In reality everything was a series of misunderstandings, and there never was anything to solve in the first place.
Even though I’ve just said what I said, Five Days II is worth watching just to see the transformation of the meek train driver into something much, much darker is worth hanging on till the end for.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read