Watching: The Honourable Woman

There’s a TV series I’m liking so much right now — The Honourable Woman.  It combines the story lines I like best: spy/thriller, international development, and contemporary national issues.  And on top of all these is an incredible woman: Nessa Stein, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal (who I adored in the Secretary).  It’s not often that in TV women are cast in powerful and leadership roles in the international arena so I’m happy this one’s produced.

I’ve only watched the first episode, The Empty Chair, and the story’s compelling, from start to end.  The first thing I heard is a woman’s voice asking the question, who do you trust? and the next thing I know a waiter’s murdering a man in front of his two young children.  The scene concludes with the voice stating, it’s a wonder we trust anyone at all.  The girl grows up and viewers get to know her as Nessa.  As the film progresses, it becomes clear that trust issues form the crucible in Nessa’s story, challenging loyalties and crossing national borders.


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