Must-watch TV show of the week: The Comey Rule

Written by Tashi from the blog Tashi's TV on 21 Jan 2021
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Jeff Daniels as Comey and Brendan Gleeson as Trump
Mayday! Mayday! 

The Russians have invaded America.

This is the conclusion I've come to after watching The Comey Rule as America battles to pick up its shattered pieces after the reign of the lunatic.

I now fully believe that the Russians used Trump to take America to the brink of civil war, succeeding in their mission to create the chaos, divisions and violence we've been witnessing.

The Comey Rule aired on M-Net in November last year but I didn't manage to watch so recorded it and watched this week. It's also currently streaming on Showmax in four episodes. 

It stars Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) as former FBI Director James Comey and Brendan Gleeson (Mr. Mercedes) as Trump and it's based on Comey's No. 1 New York Times bestselling book A Higher Loyalty. 

The research for it includes interviews with the people involved and it goes behind-the-headlines to give an account of Trump's election in 2016.

The Hilary Clinton e-mails that the news kept going on about at the time... - it explains exactly what happened with them.

It's structured in two parts like so:

Part 1 examines the earliest days of the FBI's investigation into Russia's penetration of American politics, their investigation into Clinton's emails and the impact of the e-mails on Election Night 2016, when Donald Trump was elected president.

Part 2 is a virtual day-by-day account of the tempestuous relationship between Comey and Trump and the intense and tumultuous first months of the Trump presidency.

It's shockingly eye-opening and leaves you with the feeling that you'd rather sip petrol from a zombie's belly button than be the Director of the FBI.

It portrays Trump as extremely menacing, which the real life Comey emphasised in an interview with Sky News this week.
Comey in real life
It was trippy because as soon as I'd finished watching the series, Sky did an interview with him where he spoke about how menacing Trump is when you're in his company - like a mob boss.

Brendan Gleeson conveyed this in his portrayal of Trump, despite my only gripe with the show. I thought he overdid Turmp's mouth mannerisms, which was distracting. It kept taking me out of the action and the moment. 

Luckily it wasn't too much of a problem because you don't actually see Trump much. The show really focuses on Comey, his FBI team' sinvestigations, his family, his moral and ethical hell and his perception.

If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend you do. By the end you'll also think that America's national anthem has been on the brink of being: "Amerida!* Amerida!"

*Da = Yes in Russian.

Actors in this post: Jeff Daniels, Brendan Gleeson

Channels in this post: M-Net


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