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TV Review: Netflix`s “Secret City: Under the Eagle” (2019) ★★★★


There was nothing more I was eager to see than Foxtel’s “Secret City”, a Netflix’s original series. With the first outstanding season that had only six episodes, the Australian show can be used as an example of how to tell complex political concept in just six episodes in a way you will have no more questions left to ask. The star-studded series continues well into season two by proving its potential is limitless.

Harriet Dunkley, played by Anna Torv, is a political journalist. After a turmoil and roller-coaster ride in season one, she is back again, this time after serving a sentence in prison to investigate an attack on Australian soil, and, perhaps to stop the next unnecessary war that is purely based on false accusation made by corporate organizations that know nothing else except the power of money.

A house is exploded by a bomb which claims four civilian lives. Minister of Defence, Catriona Bailey (Jacki Weaver), knows more than what she tells. While Harriet’s only desire is to stay away from politics, the friendship she made in prison with Mina Almasi (Louisa Mignone) turns into a catalyst for her to return to the world she tried escaping to clear Mina’s name in a high-profile murder which she is being accused committing. However, as she starts digging into the matter, Harries finds herself into a deep state that has its own idea of national security, far from the one which the Australian government admits.

“Secret City” continues to uncover political conspiracies in season two, making Harriet a very dangerous opponent for anyone who may decide to deal with her, while the new characters are equally impressive and as strong as Torv’s Harriet. Every episode of season two is powerful, intelligent, and not something every series can achieve. It does not go back and forth with politics, it tackles what many are afraid of, and puts the political journalist right in the midst of it as a fearless warrior of truth that even a death threat can’t stop.

That said, Foxtel’s show is something that surely must be seen not only in North America but around the globe. It may not have much action nor fighting scenes, court drama nor interrogations. However, it has more to offer to the audience that does not look for the above-mentioned criteria and rather concentrates on the heavy subject without sugar-coating it. And do not worry about me writing a positive review about it, as I am one hundred percent sure you will be much more imaginative and creative in praising it more than I did after you finish watching it. Just go for it!

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