History Series / TheSandbaggers

14th Dec '15 1:32:54 PM FF32
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* CIAEvilFBIGood: Inverted. The CIA are generally portrayed as helpful, and in particular Burnside has a very close working relationship with the CIA's London section chief, Jeff Ross. The show has a ConspiracyTheorist view of American domestic politics that looks peculiar to American eyes, and the FBI is part of it. According to Ross (and apparently, this was really [[AuthorOnBoard according to Mackintosh]]), the FBI was behind the Kennedy and King assassinations.

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* CIAEvilFBIGood: Inverted. The CIA are generally portrayed as helpful, and in particular Burnside has a very close working relationship with the CIA's London section chief, Jeff Ross. The show has a ConspiracyTheorist view of American domestic politics that looks peculiar to American eyes, and the FBI is part of it. According to Ross (and apparently, this was really [[AuthorOnBoard [[WriterOnBoard according to Mackintosh]]), the FBI was behind the Kennedy and King assassinations.
8th Dec '15 4:05:10 PM moloch
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* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent - {{Defied}}; [[spoiler:Tyler says he considered becoming a triple agent after the KGB turned him, but decided it wouldn't help his situation any.]]

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* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent - {{Defied}}; [[spoiler:Tyler says he considered becoming a triple agent after the KGB turned him, but decided it wouldn't help his situation any.any - he reflects sadly that at least ''someone'' trusts a double agent, but ''nobody'' trusts a triple.]]
25th Nov '15 12:40:14 PM nightkiller
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* ShaggyDogStory: A few, usually played for maximum DownerEnding. In the third episode, Burnside decides to [[spoiler: wreck Alan Denson's relationship so he won't get married and leave the service, as he was recently forced to shoot Sandbagger 3 to prevent his capture on enemy soil, leaving only two agents.]] When a background search on [[spoiler: Denson's girlfriend Sally turns up nothing he can use, Burnside personally threatens to have her kidnapped, stripped, drugged and photographed if she doesn't break off her engagement herself.]] Later that night, [[spoiler: Alan calls Sally to say he's reconsidered leaving and wants to push back the marriage, so she assumes Neil convinced Alan instead and commits suicide with alcohol and pills... and then Alan is struck by a car and killed outside his front door, leaving Burnside with only one Sandbagger and two needless deaths on his conscience ''anyway''.]]

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* ShaggyDogStory: A few, usually played for maximum DownerEnding. In the third episode, Burnside decides to [[spoiler: wreck Alan Denson's relationship so he won't get married and leave the service, as he was recently forced to shoot Sandbagger 3 2 to prevent his capture on enemy soil, leaving only two agents.]] When a background search on [[spoiler: Denson's girlfriend Sally turns up nothing he can use, Burnside personally threatens to have her kidnapped, stripped, drugged and photographed if she doesn't break off her engagement herself.]] Later that night, [[spoiler: Alan calls Sally to say he's reconsidered leaving and wants to push back the marriage, so she assumes Neil convinced Alan instead and commits suicide with alcohol and pills... and then Alan is struck by a car and killed outside his front door, leaving Burnside with only one Sandbagger and two needless deaths on his conscience ''anyway''.]]
3rd Nov '15 2:09:55 AM moloch
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* MauveShirt - If your callsign is Sandbagger Two, you're not long for this world, but at least we'll have a few episodes to get to know you. [[spoiler: Mike Wallace survives, and may have been promoted to Sandbagger One in Series 4.]]
3rd Nov '15 2:03:34 AM moloch
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3rd Nov '15 2:03:33 AM moloch
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* CIAEvilFBIGood: Inverted. The CIA are generally portrayed as helpful, and in particular Burnside has a very close working relationship with the CIA's London section chief, Jeff Ross. The show has a ConspiracyTheorist view of American domestic politics that looks peculiar to American eyes, and the FBI is part of it. According to Ross, the FBI was behind the Kennedy and King assassinations.

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* CIAEvilFBIGood: Inverted. The CIA are generally portrayed as helpful, and in particular Burnside has a very close working relationship with the CIA's London section chief, Jeff Ross. The show has a ConspiracyTheorist view of American domestic politics that looks peculiar to American eyes, and the FBI is part of it. According to Ross, Ross (and apparently, this was really [[AuthorOnBoard according to Mackintosh]]), the FBI was behind the Kennedy and King assassinations.
15th Sep '15 12:59:27 PM moloch
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* TakeAThirdOption: Burnside is handed a SadisticChoice in "Special Relationship": [[spoiler: leave Laura Dickens imprisoned by the East Germans, who will break her in interrogation, or buy her freedom through a deal with the French, which will destroy the Special Relationship with the CIA.]] Burnside comes up with a nasty alternative: [[spoiler: he deals with the French for Laura's release via a prisoner exchange, then has her killed during the exchange so he doesn't have to follow through on his end of the bargain.]]

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* TakeAThirdOption: Burnside is handed a SadisticChoice in "Special Relationship": [[spoiler: leave Laura Dickens imprisoned by the East Germans, who will break her in interrogation, interrogation and blow the cover of half of Hungary, or buy her freedom through a deal with the French, which will destroy the Special Relationship with the CIA.]] Burnside comes up with a nasty alternative: [[spoiler: he deals with the French for Laura's release via a prisoner exchange, then has her killed during the exchange so he doesn't have to follow through on his end of the bargain.]]
15th Sep '15 12:56:35 PM moloch
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* BritishBrevity: Seven episodes in the first and last series, and six in the second.
28th Jul '15 4:33:48 AM moloch
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* CutShort - Mackintosh's disappearance ended the series on a cliffhanger, with [[spoiler:Willie Caine mortally wounded.]] Rumors suggest [[spoiler:Caine would have returned as a wheelchair-bound D. Ops]] in Series Four.

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* CutShort - Mackintosh's disappearance ended the series on a cliffhanger, with [[spoiler:Willie Caine mortally wounded.]] Rumors Rumours suggest [[spoiler:Caine would have returned as a wheelchair-bound D. Ops]] in Series Four.Four, presumably with Neil [[spoiler: similarly promoted]].



* ObstructiveBureaucrat - Compared to Burnside, describes virtually everybody, but Deputy Chief Peele most often fills the role.

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat - Compared to Burnside, In Burnside's mind, this describes virtually everybody, but Deputy Chief Peele most often fills the role.


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: John Tower Gibbs, Peele and Wellingham all try this on Neil at various points and it doesn't really take. Marianne finally gives a well-deserved one to him in the penultimate episode. Whether it would have got through to him, we'll [[CutShort never know.]]
8th Jul '15 11:41:05 AM moloch
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* PerpetualPoverty - On an institutional level. The SIS is perpetually under pressure to make budget cuts. Neil, who thinks his Sandbaggers are already underpaid for risking their lives and liberty on a regular basis, is constantly fighting to stop his Sandbagger complement being reduced to just two, and frequently has to call in favours in from the CIA during operations.



* PrisonerExchange - Subverted [[spoiler: when Burnside orders her shot halfway across]]

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* PrisonerExchange - Subverted [[spoiler: when Burnside orders her shot halfway across]]across.]]
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