The Sandbaggers: A Feasable Solution
March 25, 2016 7:57 PM - Season 1, Episode 6 - Subscribe

A British engineer specializing in missile engines goes missing in Cypress. Around the same time a Russian engineer specializing in guidance systems goes missing in Syria. Willie Caine is sent to Cypress to investigate after a SIS officer stationed in Cypress is gunned down. Meanwhile Burnside and Laura Dickens begin a relationship.
posted by Grimgrin (3 comments total)
 
Burnside meeting with the psychiatrist was such a violation. Even in those neanderthal times, it would be unacceptable even if their relationship would be tolerated. And naturally she's sexually repressed because, neanderthal writers, what else could she be?

After nearly single-handedly rescuing the scientists and taking out half of the Cyprus whatever-it-was-called, Burnside berates Willie for not killing the Russian scientist in cold blood so that the mole KGB agent could stay in place. Burnside knew that Willie was not a dispassionate killer; if he had this great plan to keep the woman on station, he should have communicated it to Willie who was plenty preoccupied with an armed invasion on foreign soil.

I did have to laugh when Burnside dismissed the missing (probably dead) agent as "that's security's problem." The man is incorrigible.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 2:58 PM on March 26, 2016


I didn't even think of keeping the KGB plant on and feeding them false info via her. I thought Willie was just going to put a bullet in her back and spirit both missile engineers out.

Burnside was given a pretty harsh look by C to figure it the fuck out. The hard part would have been communicating the plan without the KGB plant knowing. And how did the KGB know to place her, anyway?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:14 PM on March 28, 2016


he should have communicated it to Willie who was plenty preoccupied with an armed invasion on foreign soil.
Yeah, this:
The hard part would have been communicating the plan without the KGB plant knowing.

Burnside hopes that his Sandbaggers are trained to make the optimal move on their own in the field. It's like the Gib play from the last episode: Caine, Burnside, and Dickens all sort of figured out what was going on concurrently and touched base with each other before going ahead. But they were all on the same page, pretty much. Burnside would hope that his violence-abhorring #1 could put all the pieces together on his own out in the field; but Caine's already peacable judgement was clouded by a pretty woman.

I was surprised at how harshly Burnside came down on Caine, just as surprised as Caine was that the chastisement happened at all. I was not at all surprised that Caine handled it the way that he did. He is very clearly not a dispassionate killer!
posted by carsonb at 5:48 PM on March 29, 2016


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