"You need the patience of a saint for counterintelligence," cautions Michael Keaton, playing the iciest and creepiest Cold Warrior the CIA may have ever produced.
Thankfully, TNT's The Company requires no such discipline. Unlike last winter's sluggish and similarly themed movie The Good Shepherd, this darkly engrossing and quietly suspenseful six-hour miniseries (airing over three Sundays, Aug. 5, Aug. 12 and Aug. 19) packages its chilly, cynical overview of international Cold War espionage in a brisk parade of sumptuously produced historical set pieces.
From the sinister back alleys of '50s Berlin to the crushed Hungarian student uprising of 1956 and the calamitous Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961, we witness the history of the spy game through the eyes of idealistic CIA recruit Jack McAuliffe. He's played by