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The Obnoxious Heroes of ‘Slow Horses’

The Obnoxious Heroes of ‘Slow Horses’

This article contains spoilers through Season 3 Episode 5 of Slow Horses. The third season of Slow Horses, Apple TV+’s magnificent, impertinent spy series, begins with a feint: two lovers chasing state secrets in Istanbul, followed by a thrilling boat chase across the Bosphorus that turns into a car chase that ends in tragedy. This is 007 territory, not the usual world of mangy MI5 rejects that the show has so adeptly built up. An adaptation of Mick Herron’s novels about a spy branch occupied by the supposed dregs of British intelligence, Slow Horses typically plays out in dirty cafés and gas-station forecourts, not the azure Instagram backdrops of European glitterati. So what are we doing here? The cold open, I think, exemplifies what makes the series better than virtually anything else on television right now—its ability to be both a riveting espionage drama and an absurd workplace comedy, without ever flubbing the mix. The show delights in upending our expectations about what a spy story should be. In the most recent episode of the …