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“Eli Stein believed that no home could thrive unless it was surrounded by strong walls. and that's what cost him his life,” Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) tells an the risks of the death penalty and the relationships between Native Nessa and her brother Ephra (Andrew Buchan) feel to Atika Halibi. Enraged that the adult Ephra (now in charge of the idealistic Stein Atika – whose relationship with Nessa develops into an understated love. That showdown with Atika in Nessa's cell was some of the realest real talk and when Atika places the piece of Stein shrapnel in front of her.
Shimon Ben Reuven, head of computer science at the Stein University, goes public with his suspicions of positive prejudice in examinations, favouring Israeli soldiers over Palestinians, but stumbles across the wiretap listening post in the process.
He ends up dead in a crate full of lemons, which is what life ultimately gave him. Family affairs As expected, Atika adopts Kasim as her own to stop Nessa's future and that of the business from being compromised, but I detected more than a hint of menace in what was a demand as much as an offer.
Nessa and Ephra's relationship gets odder and more intriguing with that weird bonding moment at their lowest ebb. Does Nessa really not know what demands will be made by her kidnappers when the time comes? That discussion about ownership of secrets was a bit laboured, but did at least underline Ephra's consistent ability to underestimate those closest to him this time, Atikawhile poor Nessa is in agonies over Atika's choice of Stein.
The longer this series goes on, the more credible I'm finding Shlomo.
I believed him when he denied knowledge of the wiretap, and when he claimed to want the cable contract not for the money he's already loaded but out of love and respect for the Steins. That said, Rachel may be the only character who hasn't yet told a lie in this series … Spy games Monica and Julia had small but significant roles to play here. Did Monica think Nessa would be a puppet at the head of the Stein Group?
She was certainly almost offhand in her ruthlessness with Ephra, even as her support for Nessa is looking very double-edged. And Julia seems to have the measure of Israeli bigwig Daniel Borgoraz, without being foolish enough to challenge him openly. I'm not sure that playing Monica and Hugh who, incidentally, gets compared to a vampire for the second time in the series off against each other will end well for her.
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Gold stars to Shrubgirl55 and Vermont1, who questioned Bloom's loyalties. It appears he was working for Monica to undermine Shlomo — but why? Especially when Schwako suggests Shlomo harbours a far darker secret.
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Either way, Monica is in deep with the Palestinians. And, of all the doomed cameos to date, Shimon Ben Reuven was the most intriguing yet.
'The Honourable Woman' Is a Thriller With Emotional Resonance
A really fine performance from Uriel Emil — I felt genuinely bereft when he was bumped off. Ben Reuven was an honourable man who worked for the Steins because he believed in the apparent purity of their motives. He was surely silenced more for wandering into the wrong place at the wrong time than for exposing the more superficially embarrassing positive prejudice policy. The honour roll I'm not sure where Nessa's decision over Kasim lies on the scale, but it probably gives the boy a better shot at a happy future as well as keeping the company in the clear.
Her response to the news of the Stein University's positive discrimination is admirably restrained — at least on the surface. She seemed more disappointed than angry.
Although I have a horrible feeling that she was involved in Ben Reuven's murder. Utrecht's most hirsute tracksuit-wearer a man called Yaniv Levi, according to the credits was called twice, both times after Nessa had clearly made a resolution to take action.
Though Nessa is single and devoted to her work for the Stein Group, Ephra is a family man with many responsibilities. He is married to Rachel Katherine Parkinsonwho is pregnant, although they already have a house full of children. In addition, Atika Lubna Azabal and her son, Kasim, live with them.
Atika is a housekeeper, but her connection to the Steins goes back much further and is much more complicated. She originally served as a translator for Ephra, and then Nessa, with whom she was kidnapped in Gaza. There is very little that is straightforward in the world of The Honourable Woman. Spy agencies from Britain, the Middle East, and the United States all have a stake in how the Stein Group runs its business and hands out contracts.
The secrets and manipulations that underlie almost every interaction is part of what makes the series so riveting. As the various secret services work around, against, and with one another, no one person or agency ever has the complete picture. Rea and McTeer are wonderful as colleagues with a past, and a power dynamic that shifts throughout. Hugo Blick has written and directed a series that is uninterested in playing it safe.
Apart from the complicated political situation that it exists in, the central characters are fleshed out in ways that make them both sympathetic and difficult to fully trust. It should be noted that Gyllenhaal bears the majority of the emotional responsibility in this story.