Review of 'The Undeclared War': This Cyberwarfare thriller series gets lost in the code

Review of 'The Undeclared War': This Cyberwarfare thriller series gets lost in the code ...

The most significant conflict in The Undeclared War is the one the program is attempting to resolve. While the title refers to the specific type of conflict between opposing powers where no official declaration of war is made, it could equally be about the story's competing impulses that it never manages to resolve. Is it a political thriller about the tense future of cyberwarfare? A narrative about how those in power escalate geopolitical conflicts for their own gain? Many scenes that are dull are just a minor

Saara Parvin (Hannah Khalique-Brown) is a second-generation British Muslim and keeps much of what she does hidden from her family, which has recently been engulfed in an outright epidemic. Instead, we see her working under the leadership of Danny Patrick (Simon Pegg) who is currently at GCHQ, who is trying to explain what she has done.

When Saara first arrives at the place where she will spend much of the story, she is told that they are very glad to have her there, yet she doesn't have the time to investigate anything further. This episode, although brief, ends the show off as the most minimal and irrelevant part of the story.

The Undeclared War makes an attempt to be unconventional in its visual presentation, yet it ends up being more hokey than anything else. It's also a challenge for the show to shoot these kinds of sequences that seem to be averse to the story's underlying theme.

The Undeclared War's underutilized Mark Rylance as the lonely John Yeabsley, who Saara meets when no one else does, is particularly interesting. They all serve as background noise for small plot twists; but this is just the beginning of a subplot. It's far too late to be significant.

D+ rating

Peacock has the rights to all six episodes of The Undeclared War starting August 18.