PBS Masterpiece Review: Foyle’s War — The Cage
B Van Heusen
Foyle’s (Cold) War continued on PBS Masterpiece tonight with an episode in which the roles of heroes and villains were reversed. It’s the height of the Cold War and Foyle is doing his best to help the British Secret Service keep the malevolent Soviet forces at bay. However, Foyle is forced to re-examine his own role, and the actions of those around him when several Soviet defectors are found dead. To further complicate matters, a doctor who examined one of the dead is soon added to the list of the deceased. Foyle’s inquiries lead him to a secret “listening post” which turns out to be a 1940s version of Guantanamo Bay. As his investigation wraps up, Foyle realizes that his new role has lured him into a world that is much murkier than anything he encountered on the police force.
The Cage was an intriguing episode with strong political undertones. You couldn’t help but draw parallels between the storyline and events that have dominated the news in recent years. Furthermore, Adam’s (Daniel Weyman) political campaign had a “ripped from the headlines” feel to it as he tackled issues such as public health that are as topical now as they were then. The parallels between the past and the present give Foyle’s War some added depth and enable it to stand out against the soapier period dramas. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am eager to see how the ongoing story arcs wrap up in next week’s season finale.