TV Review The Code

A fine show that audiences looking for a clever and exhilarating drama should enjoy all the way through.

The Code

While Lucy Lawless may be best known for her starring role in Xena: Warrior Princess from 1995-2001, there’s no doubt that she’s kept herself busy ever since. From guest appearances in The X-Files and CSI, right through to integral roles in Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus and Parks And Recreation, Lawless has shown a versatility throughout her career that has earned her a dedicated and passionate fanbase worldwide. Whether it’s action, drama or comedy, Lawless is able to adapt and bring her best to the table.

As well as being seen in the latest series of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Lawless has recently returned closer to home to take a role in Australian drama The Code, which debuted on BBC Four just a few weeks after its airing on Australian TV channel ABC1. With the series now complete on television, Arrow Films brings the entire series to DVD for everyone to get hooked onto this acclaimed political conspiracy thriller.

An intriguing and gripping drama, The Code brings a complex story weaving several plot lines together. Our main storyline follows Ned Banks (Dan Spielman) and Jesse Banks (Ashley Zukerman), brothers on different sides of the law - one an Internet journalist, and the other a hacker - who are provided with what could be the biggest story of their career. A vehicle collision occurs in the middle of the desert but for whatever reason there is a cover up involved, and Banks somehow ends up with a leak to his inbox. Right from the get go we are thrown into the world of Government conspiracies and those who will risk their lives to get to the bottom of them.

Alex Wisham (Lawless), a teacher who finds one of the victim’s phones, gets dragged into the mysterious and potentially dangerous situation alongside Banks’ editor Perry Benson (Adam Garcia), and the more they find out the more at risk they are, along with those close to them. The Code may not be the most original of shows - after all, we’ve seen plenty of high profile Government shows over the years - but there is no doubt that the twists and turns along the way are both enjoyable and absorbing enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.

There are plenty of roles for home-grown Australian talent in The Code, of which a lot of the world may not be familiar with, but to their credit they all deliver solid performances and hold their own alongside Lawless, Garcia and even Lord Of The Rings star David Wenham. This is certainly a team effort and one that pays off with a show packed with drama from start to finish. The six episodes make for a tight and succinct series that never feels stretched beyond its means, and treats its audience with respect and intelligence. The Code also makes use of the unique landscape and makes for a different feel and vibe to the familiar of US shows that dominate the TV world.

The Code, much like many international dramas that BBC have acquired in recent years, is certainly worth a watch and gives a solid alternative to the more high profile shows out there at the moment. Lawless especially delivers another exceptional performance and always forces those around her to raise their game significantly. This is another fine show to add to her CV, and one that audiences looking for a clever and exhilarating drama should enjoy all the way through.


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