Spooks (2008-2010)– Spooked: Why Femme Fatales Aren’t Fun (For Fun Day Sunday), 10/09/11 GratianaDs90 (Post #28)

You may recall the famous lines in the 1988 live action-animated film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096438/) that are uttered by the sultry and sexy animated character Jessica Rabbit voiced by Kathleen Turner:  “I’m not bad.  I’m just drawn that way.”

Well, what about that?  What about some of the love interests in Richard Armitage’s Lucas North character’s life–the good, the bad, and the not so ugly?  There was Lucas’ wife Elizabeta (not so ugly) in series7, then CIA Double Agent Sarah Caufield (bad) in series 8, with finally Dr. Maya Lahan (good) in series 9.  Were any of these women characters worthy consorts for Lucas North?  Or were these birds merely “out of sorts” most of the time? [Lucas “spooked” image at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/spooks8/album/Episode2/slides/ep2_124.html]

When Spooks Series 7 opens, Lucas has languished in a Russian prison for 8 years pining away for his wife, Elizabeta– only to find her remarried and with a family upon his return to England.   And worse yet, she will be his Russian “controller” whom he is supposed to feed British secrets to.  The look of disbelief and betrayal on Lucas’ face when he meets his ex wife for the first time in a cemetery is heartbreaking–death being a continuing them with Lucas and his ladies.  [The image link for Lucas and his ex-wife are:  http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/album/ep2/slides/cap121.html]

Then in Spooks Series 8 Lucas met his next girlfriend Sarah talking over a body of a corpse at the morgue–death again–a portentously bad beginning for a relationship if ever there was one.  Sarah was cold hearted even before she went into the morgue freezer.  And Sarah is dead by the end of series 8.  [Image of Lucas and Saray meeting over a corpse at  http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/spooks8/album/Episode1/slides/ep1_053.html]

Then in Spooks Series 9, Lucas was supposedly reunited with the true long lost love of his life, Dr. Maya Lahan–but he had to become bad guy John Bateman to do it.   And though Maya is “good”, John is not–which causes a wedge between them.  And then, the writers didn’t even let John keep Maya–who died from a gunshot wound as she and John/Lucas are trying to drive away.  So, the co-writers “killed” the heroic Lucas North character to create John Bateman–whose purpose within the plot was what? [Image of Maya and Lucas at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/Spooks9/album/episode8/album/slides/8_215.html]

In closing, I’ve embedded BccMee’s wonderful tongue in cheek video  “Richard Armitage Spooks Fanvid – I’m a Believer” that explores the dysfunctional love relationships that dogged Lucas North.

Lucas was decidedly unlucky in love.  Frankly, Lucas North couldn’t pick the right girlfriend, lover, or spouse if his life depended on it–and his life did depend on it several times.  Poor Lucas, he deserved better on so many counts–not the least of which is for the writers not to have unraveled Lucas’ carefully crafted and admired persona, and not to have given Lucas an ignominious death.  Femme fatale?  Fatal indeed.

Cheers!   Gratiana   ;->

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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18 Responses to Spooks (2008-2010)– Spooked: Why Femme Fatales Aren’t Fun (For Fun Day Sunday), 10/09/11 GratianaDs90 (Post #28)

  1. kathryngaul says:

    With you on that, too! I was secretly hoping he’d find love with Jo or Beth or even Ros! I loved Ros but she had had to learn to act as though she was a cold fish. But I actually thought I caught a glimpse of a spark in her eyes once when she was looking at Lucas! I know she didn’t always trust him but I think she was in some ways also a little protective of him. Or was it just my imagination? or wishful thinking on my part as I wanted Ros and Lucas both to find their own true loves?

    Obviously, even though I no longer believe that there’s a special someone out there just waiting for me (have I actually grown up at long last???), I am still enough of a romantic at heart to hope that everyone else in the world finds love some day…… even the imaginary characters in “Spooks”!


    • GratianaDS90 says:

      Hi Kathryn,

      I, too, wish he Spooks writers had given Lucas North a worth love interest. He so deserved it. I mean, come on, 8 years in a Russian prison? Lucas needed his reward. But, but not giving Lucas a satisfactory love life, the writers were portraying the more realistic complex relational issues that we all go through–trying to find “the” one person who makes our heart go pitty pat, and who makes our lives complete.

      I am blessed with the love of and lust with a wonderful man. My hubby and I are true hearts and soulmates. But, I had to wait until I was 28 yeas old to find him! Yikes! In my post #2 about Late bloomers, I explore that a bit–the notion of seeking love. The upshot of it is that I opened my heart to love and in he walked–see my poem on post #7 I Let You Into My Heart. And we’ve been a loving couple for 23 years years–and we will continue to be so until we fall out of our side by side rocking chairs. Yes, I know you can do the math on that one, regarding my age. I am 51 years old.

      For my friends like yourself who are still seeking love–or seeking love again–I urge you not to give up hope. Share your love now with others as friends, aunts, sisters, etc. Put yourself out there as being a loving person and maybe, just maybe another loving person will find you. We had a lady at church who had buried two husbands and was long widowed and in her eighties who suddenly turned up married again one day. The light of love in both of their faces and the tender way they are with each other is so heartwarming and romantic. Love knows no boundaries.

      Look around you, be observant. Is there someone whom you don’t take much notice of–perhaps like a John Standring–whom you can get to know better? And if after becoming friends it blossoms into something more, that’s wonderful! However, if your relationships stays at the friendship stage, then you have another friend. And we can never have too many friends. Besides, friends have other friends–who might be your John Standring.

      I’ll be sending good love vibes your way in the meantime. Do be sure and check in now and again and let me know how that is progressing.

      Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. kathryngaul says:

    I just tried to leave a comment on YouTube about the video but, for some reason, I can’t log in.

    My comment was going to be something like “Love the vid but wished you’d used the Monkees’ version of the song, written by Neil Diamond. Wow, aren’t I really showing my age now!”


  3. kathryngaul says:

    My oh my….I need to get off this darned computer again!

    And btw…..the word IS “darned” and not “darn”. I’m not speaking to you here, Grati…I’m just hoping some of those other people who can’t spell simple words would learn how. The anal, pedantic side of my nature is really to the fore today, isn’t it? Why do people whose first language is supposed to be English have such difficulty with it????? My mother always wanted me to be a teacher but I was smart enough at age 14 to decide against that profession….because I knew I didn’t have the patience! I just believe that it’s as important to be correct in English as it is to be correct in maths and science. But I’m just too boring for words, aren’t I? And it amazes me that some of the worst offenders seem to be the ones to think (or appear to think) that they are above the mere mortals who don’t hold a University degree!!! Sorry…I’ll get off my soapbox now.

    Anyway….about the fanvid again.

    Don’t you just love Lucas’ tantrums?


    • GratianaDS90 says:

      Dear Kathryn,

      You make me giggle so because I recognize myself in some of what you say. Yes, the English language–or any language for that matter–has a precision about it. And I’m the girl who owns an OED set (that’s Oxford English Dictionary for civilians) that was my father’s. But as a student of communication and English–where my bachelors’ and masters’ degrees are also–I also know that language is a living thing. New words and meanings are created daily and hourly. So, apart from wanting to gently correct word misuse, I humorously love exploting it–as in malapropisms. So I’m afraid that my my essays will be liberally sprinkeled with puns.

      And, here is the teacher in me coming out, there were consonant shifts that occurred hundreds of years ago in English word pronunciations such that we can trace our words ‘Latinate roots. Here is a summary (mine) from the book The Development of Modern English (Robertson and Cassidy, Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition)that we studied in my Growth and Structure in the English Language in 1981:

      b sounds went to p sounds went to f sounds
      d sounds went to t sounds went to th sounds
      g sounds went to k sounds went to h sounds

      So as examples of what was described to me and what I would tell my students is as we would puzzle out how our language came to be:
      * the Latin pater became father in two consonant shifts (p to f and t to th)
      * the Latin cardio became heart in two consonant shifts (the k sound to h and the d sound to t)
      * the Latin dent became tooth also in two consonant shifts (d to t, and t to th)

      There were also vowels shifts hundreds of years ago–as well as meaning changes. And our language grows and evolves to day–amazingly so. So, I’m a little bit flexible when it comes to language.

      Cheers! Grati ;->


  4. fitzg says:

    I have a soft spot for Elizbieta. (Kathryn, English is an illogical language, isn’t it? So is trying to spell Russian names from the cyrillic alphabet! Elzbieta? Elizabeta? Elisvieta?). Anyway, she is the one of “Lucas’ loves” who was remotely a sympathetic character. He was protective of Jo, and that was appealing. And Beth could have been developed into something more…

    So far, Mr. A has had precisely two successful relationships – Margaret and Geraldine! Unfair. Gratiana, great theme – the femme fatale.


    • GratianaDS90 says:

      Thanks for your note, Fitzg,

      I agree with you. Margaret and Geraldine are John’s and Harry’s only great relationships for Richard Armitage characters. Although, Danni in Strike Back 1 might have shaped up to be something more than a “honey” as Layla referred to her, since the relationship was continuing in episodes 5 and 6.

      And I like the fact that the two successful RA character matings were strong women with a lust for life–Margaret and Geraldine. Who knows, maybe Mr. Armitage will take “a page” from these pairings as he looks for love in his own life. I hope he finds that happiness for himself.

      And please god (little g), give Mr. Armitage a light romantic comedy to do again soon. He’d be great at it as we could see from his role of Harry Kennedy. We love to see Richard smile–it lights up a room.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  5. kathryngaul says:

    Did we ever see how …the Russian ex-wife’s name….. was spelled? I certainly can’t remember today..Hehe. Did you see how I cheated? I think she was the most human of the femme fatales, too.

    Can you remember seeing whoever played Lucas’ Russian lady in “Far From The Madding Crowd”? I purchased it from Amazon recently after seeing it listed on that site. Of course, I was looking to see if there were any of Richard’s DVDs which I didn’t already own!

    It IS a great theme, isn’t it? And I’m so impressed with the number of you ladies who know how to make screencaps and fanvids! Every now and then, I re-read Gratiana’s poem to her husband…told you I was an old romantic at heart! Oh, to be able to write poems and fanfic, too!

    And draw!


    • GratianaDS90 says:

      Hi Kathryn,

      Thanks for your kind note about my poems to my husband. Although, are your referring specifically to the anniversary poem I wrote, or to my more recent Lover’s kiss poem? I surprised myself a bit with my “restrained” eroticism in the kiss poem. But then, there is nothing restrained about true love. I feel very blessed to have my hubby in my life.
      Cheers! Grati ;->

      P.S. Though I haven’t seen the film Far From the Madding Crowd for many years, I think Julie Christie was the lead actress in it. And I love that quote in The Vicar of Dibley. I’ve often wondered if Richard Armitage contributed that quote to the script–since it was such a departure from the usual writing fare–since Mr. Armitage speaks thes lines in such a heartfelt way. Here is that quote excerpted from my “We’re Just Wild About Harry” essay (Post #19):

      Because as Harry lovingly says to Geraldine the night before they marry “All I want is that–as Gabriel Oakes said to Bathesheba in Far from the Madding Crowd–at home whenever I look up there will be you, and whenever you look up, there shall I be.” Violins, please.


      (The audio for Harry’s Gabriel Oakes quote from RACentral’s link that is downloadable via Media Fire http://www.mediafire.com/?zttzmzyjzmj )


  6. Ana Cris says:

    I loved your last paper. And I will come back here to comment on it.
    I sent for you an email. :0)
    Ana Cris


  7. Ana Cris says:

    ops, Sorry, Gratiana


  8. bccmee says:

    Yes, poor Lucas! At least we got to enjoy some love scenes, even if his girlfriends were wrong for him. :D


    • GratianaDS90 says:

      Hi Bccmee,

      Ha! I love it! Can you point me to those “good” love scenes? Ha!

      Although that “blue” love scene in Spooks series 8 episode 4–where the camera is shooting down through the skylight–looked a little too “real” to me. Sarah reaches her hand under the bed sheet toward Lucas’ “nether regions” and Lucas/Richard stops her from going there. Lucas/Richard also cinches up the sheet to cover his tush as he rolls on top of her. Was that a self conscious move on Lucas’ or Richard’s part? And, of course, the gratuitous breast shots of the actress–from two different angles–was completely unnecessary. So, that love scene in this episode just made me feel uncomfortable for the actors. Here’s that screencap of Lucas/Richard stopping Sarah’s roving hand : http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/spooks8/album/Episode4/slides/ep4_014.html

      Then, the love scene between Lucas and Sarah in Spooks 8, episode 5–where he realizes that she is lying to him about killing her boss, and he makes love with her anyway so that she doesn’t know that he’s on to her–creeped me out. Lucas’ phone conversation with his team as Sarah is sleeping after they had sex shows his conflicted facial expressions–she is the only tenderness (cold bitch that she was) that he’s experienced and he wanted to cling to that, however tenuously. Here’s that screen cap of that awkward love scene where he’s holding her hand down and looking at her intently: http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/spooks8/album/Episode5/slides/ep5_271.html
      And here’s the screencap of Lucas’ conflicted expression in making the call to his fellow agents about her probably having killed Walker (chilling):

      I haven’t seen Spooks 9, so maybe there were some heartfelt love scenes in it between Lucas and Maya. They seemed to kiss nicely in the clips I’ve seen.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Cheers! Grati ;->

      P.S. Now I’ll have to go back and rewatch both of those Lucas/Richard love scenes for nuances. Snap! Hard work, but somebody has to do it. Ha!


  9. kathryngaul says:

    Hi again. I’m feeling a little more “with it” this morning! Oh, Gratiana, I love the lesson about the ‘Latinate’ roots. A lady after my own heart! When I was in primary school (I think Americans say “elementary school” – just showing off how multi-lingual I am!!), we learned what was then called “Latin and Greek derivation” or “Latin and Greek roots” This was in 1957 and I haven’t forgotten those lessons – I just loved them as a 10 year-old (go on…do the maths!!!).

    There was a great series done on BBC or ITV years ago by Melvyn Bragg on how the English language was developed from the days of the Saxons to the present. Brilliant television! I just love some of the documentary programmes that the Brits make.

    I remember Julie Christie’s “Far From The Madding Crowd” very well!!! But the version I meant was the 1998 movie, so I dug out the DVD before I went to bed…at 1.30am! Paloma Baeza starred as Bathsheba in this – she portrayed Lucas’ Russian ex-wife……you know…Elizabeta or Elizabieta or El…etc.

    Gratiana…thank you for your kind thoughts and for suggesting that I “put myself out there” in order to find love…I DO understand that, my dear. But I’m a bit of a recluse these days because I have some health issues such as Fibromyalgia (chronic muscular pain and chronic fatigue). It also means that I have a sleep disorder as well as having gained an emormous amount of weight . I’m not what you’d call a “good catch”!!!

    I can’t always manage to do everything I’d like to do and that includes socializing sometimes (Did you notice I used a “z” as opposed to a “s”? That’s the only time I will ever spell the American way…hehe. It’s perfectly fine for Americans to spell however they wish but I’m still of the “old school” and use English spelling as that’s what Australians were taught back in my day – I just opt for the option of using a “z” in those verbs which have the “z” sound!!!).

    My memory and concentration are also affected (on some days more so than on others) by Fibromyalgia and then I can’t remember simple words, let alone spell them correctly. Can you imagine the extent of my frustation on those days!!

    But I manage and that’s OK. I’m not looking for sympathy because I don’t need it. There are so many people who do need our sympathy and help and prayers.

    Ha….both of my children have BAs in Communication!!! Matthew has been known to say he has a “BA in BS” – can you think what the BS might be???? Now he has almost finished studying for his Masters in Diplomacy and Trade – more B..l Shi….g! When I tell people what my children have studied, they usually ask “Did you influence their choice?” But I didn’t! They feel much the way I do about the onus being on the speaker/writer to make him/herself easily understood so that the poor old listener/reader gets a break. As you can see, I am a talker, Matthew and Melanie are talkers and so are my 4 darling little grandbabies.

    My work for a couple of Government Departments in the old days required me to write extensively but I can not for the life of me write creatively!! You ladies who can have my deepest admiration.


    • GratianaDS90 says:

      Hi Kathryn,

      I’m glad you liked my little “lesson” on language development. It’s a hold over from my teaching days. I just love that stuff. I’m a humanities geekette. Ha!

      And, I hadn’t realized the actress playing Lucas’ ex wife was in the movie remake of Far from the Madding Crowd. I’m trying to picture her as a love interest since she was so dour on Spooks. I’ll have to work on visualizing that. Ha!

      I’m sorry to hear about your chronic illness. They’re not fun. But, as a “sister “with issues myself (arthritis and spine), it sounds like you adapt as well as you can. That’s all any of us can do. And I own my own crutches after some knee operations and bad sprains. I’m quite good at using them–very jaunty if I do say so myself. And don’t let weight concerns stop you. I was a big girl when I met my hubby and I’m still a big girl–just more of me to love, he says. Ha!

      But, it sounds like you’re blessed with family and that’s lovely.

      Wishing you a wonderful week. Cheers! Grati ;->


  10. kathryngaul says:

    Thank you once again. Yes, I’m very fortunate and I know it ( but NOT “sexy and I know it”!!!!! Love that vid).

    I simply adore my darling grandbabies – Bailey aged 5, Asha who’s 4 on 16 Oct, Kaitlyn aged 3 and Lachlan aged 2. Bailey and Kaitlyn are Melanie’s and Asha (Lily) and Lachlan are Matthew’s. They are such dolls. My kids aren’t bad, either. LOL.

    Matthew and his family are 10 minutes away but Melanie and her family are in California!

    Thank the Lord for Skype.

    Sorry…. that might have sounded blasphemous but I didn’t mean to be. I simply meant I’m grateful that I have Skype so I can see and hear Bailey and Kaitlyn often. Kaitlyn is always asking to speak to Grandy (me) on the “puter” – she hasn’t quite grasped the concept of time zones just yet! Bailey (5) will tell you all about the sun moving around the earth, etc., because we’ve taught him already. It’s almost time for Kaitlyn to see the demonstation, as she’s a very smart little cookie, that one. But then, all 4 of them are. As are their parents. Luckily, there are times when I’m awake and so are the Californians!

    Last Monday, I was at Matthew’s house and we Skyped Melanie’s house – I could see and speak to both my kids, their spouses and my grandbabies – all at once! Yippee!


  11. kathryngaul says:

    Ha..I am still a little asleep. Did you see that I said that the sun moves around the earth?


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