The Diplomat (2023), Keri Russell, Netflix

THE DIPLOMAT (2023): The Things I Liked…

Spending the last few days watching Netflix’s new eight-episode political drama/thriller, The Diplomathas enlightened me to a few thingsFirstly, as late as I am, I’m officially a new Keri Russell fan. She’s excellent as Kate Wyler, a career diplomat with plenty to juggle while in a high-profile role as ambassador to the United Kingdom. A job for which she’s admittedly ill-suited.

As someone who’d never given much thought to the question ‘What is it that diplomats do?’, watching creator Debora Cahn’s dramatisation of how high-stakes things can sometimes get for those in the role was a very entertaining eye-opener and welcomed education.

In addition to the faultless performances, I appreciate the musical score, the clever story edit and the pacing that builds until a brilliant crescendo. The kind I found satisfying in its execution, yet challenging to come to terms with. The latter, only because I’ll have to wait at least a year before learning how things faired for the characters in question.

I would love for season two to pick up exactly where season one ended, amid all the chaotic activity. If you’ve already watched season one, I bet you can picture how great that would be. 

Watch The Diplomat if you’re curious. And certainly for all the great reasons above, plus one more – the sense of humour.

Key additional cast includes, Rufus Sewell, David Gyasi, Ali Ahn, Ato Essandoh, Rory Kinnear, Jess Chanliau, Pearl Mackie, Celia Imrie, Georgie Henley, Nana Mensah, Miguel Sandoval and Michael McKean. 

Happy Film loving 


15 thoughts on “THE DIPLOMAT (2023): The Things I Liked…”

  1. Wasn’t sure about this one. Loved Keri in The Americans. Have heard good things elsewhere as well on it. May put this on the watch list. Just got renewed for another season and Netflix doesn’t usually do that this early on. Another good sign!

    1. I love that bit of news about a second season of The Diplomat! 🤩 🥳 Thanks so much for sharing. Make sure that no one spoils the ending for you before you watch it. And the story is one of those ones that builds and builds, so I think it’s worth giving it a chance if you’re curious enough.

  2. I also absolutely love her in The Americans (which I recently picked up again after not completing the first season and now I’m hooked on binging the second season). It’s good to have a recommendation, so I’ll probably give this one a spin as soon as I finish The Americans. 😉
    One of the top all-time TV series, BTW.

      1. Season 2 ends with a bang. I’ve read beforehand that particular revelation is based on a real story but it still hit hard.

  3. I highly enjoyed it. It felt very Scandal-y to me they way they talked fast and had over the top plots..but I loved the acting. My beef.. I get that Keri’s charcter doesn’t love dressing up, but for the love of everything..let her brush her hair & fix the bad part waves.. hahahahaha we all know she has beautiful hair. Like you, I want it to pick up right where it left off. I handled Scandal for like 2 or 3 seasons..before it was too much, even as much as I loved the cast.. so I can definitely handle this one for a few! 🙂

    1. The Scandal vibe hadn’t occurred to me but now I see it. Regarding Keri’s hair, I also didn’t notice it too much because, partly because the messiness of her her is mentioned a couple of times within the show. My favourite one being the moment the hairbrush is placed on her table. 😁

      I really hope that The Diplomat does go down the Scandal route, which I quit in season 2/3 because I couldn’t take anymore of Olivia’s obsession with Fitz. I became impatient with it and my mind went to the famous SATC line by Samantha Jones: ‘I love you Richard, but I love me more.’ I wanted that realisation for Olivia, very, very badly.

      1. I don’t think it was the part for me.. like it was in the middle,,,but then with two blips on it like it’s just never been combed. it takes a lot to make that happen. I’m speaking from experience here.. hahahah it has to be dirty hair or probably in her case..made to look dirty. I also can’t agree with you more on Scandal. I was over it very quickly – and hope this doesn’t become it.

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