Richard Armitage and spy story tropes #5 — the security check
It looks like the U.S. Embassy in Berlin has a standard x-ray security check, but with neat green flashing lights.
Later, Valerie (Michelle Forbes) lets Daniel into a more secure area of the embassy, presumably “the station.” She has a swipe card, though. Not as cool as the Spooks situation, in my opinion.
You have to do this to get onto the grid, too. However, the Grid had these really cool pod thingies — but as I learned tonight, they were repositioned after series 6. So I never saw Lucas go through the pods. Though the character’s backstory suggests that he would have.
This is what the pods looked like, and you know if you watched the first six series of Spooks that they occasionally provided moments of humor, as when they malfunctioned.
But I went back and looked to see how Lucas North entered the Grid in series 7, and it was a sliding door mechanism. It’s a cute moment; Lucas seems to be observing Adam to see what he will do.
So which is better, the American Embassy entrance? The key card entrance? The “old” Grid entrance? The “new” Grid entrance?