Espionage is one of the most fascinating professions in the world. The mystery surrounding the job has allowed people to let their imagination run free about the lives of spies. The dangerous nature of their work and skill it takes to chameleon oneself according to the situation makes us wonder what they have that makes them so special. It is one of those things that the audience will never be disenchanted with because they will never truly get to see it in its true form. There will always be a clandestine tone to it, and the more stories come out about the daring exploits of secret agents around the world, the more interested people will be. Netflix’s ‘The Spy’ aims to bank on this fact. Created by Gideon Raff, who has by now proven that espionage stories are his thing, it follows the story of the spy who made a name for himself by undertaking a seemingly unachievable task. If you haven’t yet seen the show, head over to Netflix.
Summary of the Plot
Israel and Syria’s conflict takes a sharp turn after the latter goes on a bombing streak across their border. A lot of civilians die as a result of this and the pressure is increased on the intelligence agency, Mossad, to take some action. The urgency is further elevated when they discover that the bombings are actually a ruse. The Syrians are using it as a distraction to keep the Israelis occupied while they smuggle heavy machinery to their secret bunkers. Because the Mossad has no undercover agent in Syria, they have no idea what this could be about. They need someone on the job and they need it fast.
Meanwhile, Eli Cohen has been living as mundane life as possible, and undoubtedly, he is not happy with it. He loves his wife, but for the rest of the things, he is rather morose. He finds small things in his job to build up excitement and waits for people to ask him about his adventurous time in Egypt while attending their parties. His plain exterior doesn’t allow anyone the imagination to see him in that world, and in his heart, he takes offence for that. He is better than what people think of him and he just needs one chance to prove that.
Coincidentally, a Mossad agent lands upon his previously rejected profile and after looking into his history, starts paying serious thought to him. He has his reservations about putting someone in a high-level situation as this and expresses his concerns to his superiors. But the country comes before anything and the country needs a spy. Cohen passes one test after another to prove himself worthy of the job. He finally has his chance to shine and is not ready to let himself down. He knows that he can’t share his work with anyone. He hides it from his wife and the rest of his family is none the wiser. After training for six months and learning all the tricks of the trade, he finally puts on the uniform of his cover identity. As Kamel, he is a businessman who wants to return to his beloved motherland, Syria, and do everything in his power to bring it back to its previous glory. His enthusiasm catches the attention of Syrian officials and he makes a lot of friends in the highest of places.