had high hopes diplomatic, a political drama from Netflix starring Keri Russell as a newly appointed US ambassador to the UK, the show is slow-paced, dialogue-heavy, and at times complicated because of all the political jargon. It probably won’t reach the level of success of a similar new show on Netflix, the night agent, But diplomatic may appeal to fans of shows like succession, HomelandAnd the west wing (Showrunner Deborah Kahn worked on both latter shows.)
The story begins as Kate Wyler (Russell) is preparing to travel to Kabul, Afghanistan, to continue her work in war-torn areas. She receives a call from the White House, believing it to be from her husband, Hal Wyler (Rufus Sewell), a veteran ambassador with a controversial reputation. But it’s not what they want – it’s him.
Given her experience in diplomatic relations, the government wants Kate to go to Britain and help resolve an international crisis. A ship has been blown up and officials believe Iran is behind it. However, there is a second reason; A covert scandal involving the Vice President means his resignation is imminent, and the authorities find Kate the perfect and easy person to step in. Won’t pick: He’s a shoo-in for the job. Except Kate doesn’t know it yet.
Once Kate arrives in the UK with her husband, she faces challenge after challenge while promising to be the perfect wife sitting on the sidelines. As well as trying to wade through US President Rayburn (Michael McCain), UK Prime Minister Nicole Trowbridge (Rory Kinnear), and other political players, she is constantly looking over her shoulder as her husband tries to intervene. Keeps trying It goes without saying that she gets mocked and laughed at by everyone for wanting to wear dresses and heels for magazine cover shoots and publicity ops. She’s a black pants and blazer kind of woman who doesn’t want to be walked around like a trophy.
Kate is fit for the job, but she is constantly questioning her strategy as her husband manipulates her opinions and thoughts into “Who Am I?” type attitude. He is not interfering, he is only giving advice. Kate respects his knowledge and experience, but while serving as an ambassador, he has made ruthless and manipulative moves that haven’t sat well with others. Thus, despite his formidable reputation, Hal has made enemies and people do not trust him, Kate included. But she also admits that she needs his advice. However, her immense power, independence, and skill also mean that she is bent on following her instincts.
She gradually becomes more comfortable in the UK and the situation, learning to delegate tasks to others and forming a strong alliance and friendship with British Foreign Secretary Austin Dennison (David Gyasi).
But the situation continues to remain unclear, both personally and professionally. Kate both leans on Hal and wants him to leave and let them do things on their own. It is learned that his marriage is on the verge of collapse. Despite Hal’s insistence that he can get Kate to love him again, Kate wants to move on. This creates even more friction as she tries to work things out with him constantly in his ear.
When the others learn of the status of Kate’s marriage, news emerges about the real plans for her. The Vice President cannot be divorced. If she wants the job, Kate is stuck with Hal, for better or for worse. Kate is in love with Hal, but she constantly feels like she’s living in his shadow. As she becomes more confident and assertive, however, the situation becomes more about whether he can live satisfactorily with her.
As she focuses on work, trying to put the issues in her marriage on the backburner, while Hal not so innocently lurks in the background, Kate’s research and knowledge assure her that Iran is not behind the bombing. . The issues must be navigated clearly and seamlessly, which is becoming increasingly difficult for Kate to manage. The ruthless prime minister is so enraged by his innocent citizens being killed that he makes a statement about a “reign of terror” on the enemy. Meanwhile, Kate must stop the US from reacting impulsively when they do not have all the facts or evidence, while also ensuring that their lack of response does not result in a souring of relations with the UK, which she hopes America will be on his side. ,
Through a series of investigations, secret meetings, and secret notes handed over by leaders of other countries, the finger begins to point towards Russia. Eventually, Kate learns that it is not Russia that is responsible, but a Russian who was hired to detonate the bomb. They discover the identity of the man and plan to arrest and prosecute him.
Despite her work potentially solving the case, catching the culprit, and maintaining positive diplomatic relations, Kate can’t stop thinking about the great work she could be doing in Kabul. That feeling of regret intensifies when she meets an old colleague in America and hears how bad things have gotten there. She questions whether ambassador, or even vice president, is the position for her and her future. Does she really want this? Or will she do what she finds more meaningful? Especially if doing so means she can finally shake Hal out of her life.
While Kate is the central character, it’s Hal who steals every scene and keeps fans guessing. Is he really madly in love with Kate? Or does he have an ulterior motive?
In the midst of it all, Kate and Hal’s relationship takes a turn. He tries to sit still, busying himself with worldly affairs and events, indulging in British pastries and reading the newspaper. He does little things to show that he cares for Kate and wants to keep her on her toes, such as making a plate of breakfast that she doesn’t eat, knowing that she needs to start her day. Will take it before Is he really invested in making sure she does her job effectively and fulfills her dreams because he cares about her happiness and success? Or is she, as she sometimes suspects, lobbying for president or secretary of state and just needs to get there?
In a shocking scene, Hal encourages Kate to sleep with Dennison when he recognizes a mutual attraction between them (she doesn’t, but there are obvious romantic feelings). Hal also, it should be noted, has a rendezvous with Dennison’s sister at a pool, though he advises her that he can do “anything but intercourse” because he is devoted to his wife.
While attending a festival hoping to foster positive diplomatic relations with France, Kate learns that the UK has ordered the guilty party killed, not arrested. She is furious, but when she meets Dennison and expresses his anger, she is taken aback. No such order could be given without his permission, which he assured that he had not given. He frantically checks his phone to see if he missed an e-mail. Just then a light bulb goes off in Kate’s mind.
The death of the bomber will only benefit those who ordered the bombing in the first place. If the UK prime minister secretly ordered the assassination, it doesn’t require a rocket scientist to put two and two together.
At the same time Kate makes this sad realization, Stuart Hayford (Ato Esandoh), Kate’s deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in London, and Idra Park (Ali Ahn), the CIA station chief in London, are about to meet. An officer from France. It’s a meeting that Hal initially set up, but Kate cancels, once again to prevent her husband from sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong. Hal, nevertheless, was mesmerized by the way he appeared for five minutes to say his piece. But as the three approach the man’s vehicle from different sides, it explodes.
The presumption is that they were all killed in the explosion, as indicated by Kate’s horrified face when Secret Service agents approach her on the bridge in Paris, where she stands with Austin and whispers something. There is no confirmation of this, but if all three were not killed, they were at least seriously injured. A near-death experience for her husband may put things into perspective for both of them.
cliff-hanger ending diplomatic suggests a season 2 concept is underway. But we’ll have to wait and see if the series is popular enough to warrant one.
Stream diplomatic Season 1 on Netflix.