Published on August 13th, 2007 | by Chris0
The Company (2007) Parts 3 & 4
[Note, I should mention I was off on the number of hours this miniseries runs in my review of parts 1 and 2...]
Ahhhh, now that's more like it! Parts three and four of TNT's miniseries, "The Company" did not disappoint, although I'm not exactly sure how the stories relate (well, mostly) to the ones from the previous two episodes.
Part Three revolves around the Hungarian Revolution against Communist rule in 1956. The story follows our hero, Jack McCauliffe (Chris O'Donnell), as he goes in to presumably help the local resistance conquer the Soviet menace. Of course, the CIA being what it is, decides that making any kind of overt assistance would be tantamount to starting world war three, and only sends out false messages. This eventually results in the decimation of the ressistance, but not before Jack and his Hungarian counterpart Elizabet (Natascha McElhone) flee to safety, and in the end her daughter is returned to her.
By itself this was a really excellent hour of television. The historical accuracy of it probably lends a lot to artistic license, but it really put you in the middle of the fight, especially at the end when Jack and the band of rebels are holed up in a building getting shelled by Soviet tanks. The question though is, "So?" How does any of this relate to what happened last week?
Oh yeah, we did get a brief glimpse at Yevgeny (Rory Cochrane) trying to find out about his flame back in Russia, and a couple other glimpses into "The Mole" storyline from last week... but really those were just "oh yeah, remember that?" moments.
Hour Four puts Jack at the heart of the spectacularly failed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961, but not before a lot of hemming and hawing on the part of the rest of the US government. Interestingly intertwined toward the beginning was the CIA's work with the US Mafia.... But that never happened, did it?
The invasion scene was as equally well produced as Part Three's battle scenes. While parts were obviously done in CG, it was complete enough that it really didn't matter. The entire sequence was just 100% kicking-ass.
More importantly I think, these two hours define the role of the CIA in world politics of the era, that is the "behind the scenes" manipulation and failures that took place as a result of the Truman Doctrine's interpretation and execution.
There were also a few jabs (at least I took it that way) at the current administration's actions. Particularly the bits about "failing" the people of Cuba, and another quip about getting involved militarily in a place we're not wanted....
But I'm still confused as to how any of this relates to the overall story arch. Someone fill me in if I missed anything key here. Maybe next week will close it up, and as such I'll refrain from giving a final star count until then....