Line of Duty S4, E8: AC-12 finally unmasks the truth about Operation Trapdoor and balaclava man, along with a few surprises on the way! (spoiler alert)

Th is is a review of Series 4, episode 8 of Line of Duty, which is finally coming to a close!

We were all left wondering whether Roz would get away with framing her husband and if Micheal would be innocently convicted. We found out….

 So this was the finale?

The finale was unexpected and extremely gripping. We knew in our minds that balaclava man could have been more than one person, but hoped that it wasn’t.

What I thought of the plot and outcome?

The plot was twisted (as we would have expected) and we only really found out the extent of the culprits by the end. The plot was intense and we were put through a series of emotions, such as impatience (when Roz would not admit her doings on Tim), sadness (when we thought Micheal would go to jail as innocent), relieved (when Roz admitted her offence) and surprised (by the involvement of Jamie in the plot).

There was some suspicion around Hilton and the viewers in this case would have be right. Hilton sent and recommended Jamie to work at AC-12 to presumably watch the case and the person connecting them together was Lakewell. He was not balaclava man, but he did frame Micheal Farmer. It was all a group effort and AC-12 could not have pinned it on to Lakewell, without Roz becoming detective. In some way I like her more than I did before this episode as she looked into every detail, in turn convicting him of perverting the cause of justice.

I still don’t understand though… Roz admitted to murdering Tim accidentally, yet she covered her tracks, adding on more suspicion? Why did she not just admit it instead of going to all the trouble of pinning it on her husband and tampering with the evidence? It seemed like she would have denied the murder (convicted manslaughter) if she had not been found out by AC-12 and the clothes and evidence she hid were not recovered?

I do think that this series was quite unrealistic and was lengthened to fit six episodes. In my opinion, it could have been shorter and less farfetched, whilst getting the same outcome and emotions from the viewers.

Am I excited for the next series?

Yes!  We could be faced with a new case in the next series or the return of Balaclava man, bearing in mind that there were many people involved in the operation who AC-12 were not informed of!

Star Rating

Overall I would give this episode:

5 star rating

What an episode to end the series! The five star rating is well deserved!

Series 4, Episode 3: Line of Duty evolved quickly and ended with an unexpected act of terror none of us could expect! (Spoliers Alert)

Series 4 continues and as expected, we were kept on our toes all the way through…

Basic Plot

There was secrecy between Huntley and Fleming. AC-12 investigated Tim’s murder and want access to all the evidence on Trapdoor and Tim Ifield. They looked into evidence and found that there was a 90% chance that Balaclava man could be Tim…

Thandi Newton (as DCI Huntley) was being hunted down by AC-12 and she did not like it at all. At some point, she must have thought about what she would do if she was caught.  She also seemed very dismissive of her husband and she clearly had other things to think about.

Her whereabouts… secrets…. evidence altering! All of it was very secretive and she was not making it any better for herself. She was just digging herself deeper and deeper. Her horrible way of framing Hana for Tim’s murder was definitely too far. Such a cruel trick to cover her back!

Micheal Gardner had new evidence against him from a witness who said he grabbed her and invited her to his house. He was identified by the victim, and later admitted the offence. He was being charged on top of his kidnapping and murder offences. I still don’t think that he was the murderer or kidnapper… he still did not fit. I felt sorry for him.

Thoughts:

A lot unravelled in this episode and new leads bought AC-12 into moral danger. I felt sorry for Micheal and the poor woman Huntley framed. It was heartless and I still do not approve of her character. I found Huntley was very over persuasive in this episode which may eventually get her caught.

It was extremely gripping and I was surprised by the ending, which was a shock to all of us. Yes we were told that Nick was dangerous but this was new. For the first time, we are presented with the idea that there are more than one involved in the balaclava case.

The director, John Strickland definitely did a great job in this episode and left us gasping at the end!

Questions

  1. Who was the balaclava man who attacked Abbott?
  2. Are there more of them than we think?
  3. Is abbott dead?

So many unanswered questions to ponder over until next week.

If you have any comments, I would love to hear from you.

Bye guys 🙂