8.5
371 votes
The Bureau

The Bureau

Canal+ 2015

Within the DGSE (General Directorate for External Security), a department called the Office Of Legends (BDL) forms and remote pilot the most important agents of the French intelligence services: Clandestine. Immersion in hostile country, their mission is to identify individuals who may be recruited as sources of information. Operating "under caption", that is to say in a fabricated identity from scratch, they live for many years in a permanent duplicity. Our hero just returned from a clandestine mission six years in Damascus. But contrary to what is required by safety rules, he does not abandon his legend and the identity under which he lived in Syria, thus putting in danger the whole system.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Bureau

The Bureau - S5E8

#1 - Episode 8

8.35

Season 5 - Episode 8

Mikhaïl Karlov receives a parcel with the USB key which Sylvain uses at work. Both surprised and worried, he tries to reach the young hacker and learns that the young man is on a mission in Seoul. Meanwhile, Alexis Bakatine, the head of security at the FSB, is continuing his investigation into the spy "Black September" in order to find out if Pavel is a double agent.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Bureau from 112 votes.

The Bureau - S2E10

#2 - Episode 10

8.30

Season 2 - Episode 10

Duflot lectures his team about loyalty, then offers to resign, but his boss refuses to accept. The DGSE investigates Debailly's disloyalty and interviews his colleagues. Debailly takes the suicide bomber's place as cameraman for the interview with Boumaza. In Iran, the CIA has agreed to trade one of its prisoners for Marina, but the Pasdaran try to kill her after encouraging her escape. However, she evades capture and is exfiltrated to France. In Raqqa, Debailly meets and kills the jihadist, but is himself captured and made hostage. Nadia opens the letter he left her, which expresses the same feelings about their love affair that she did, in the first episode of season one.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Bureau from 177 votes.

The Bureau - S4E10

#3 - Episode 10

8.08

Season 4 - Episode 10

In Ukraine, Malotru arrives at the exchange location to get Marina. But on the way back, their convoy deviates from the route initially agreed upon by the DGSE, forcing him to warn Sisteron. Back in Paris, Marie-Jeanne quickly understands that Malotru’s life is at stake and confronts JJA and Ponte. Meanwhile, Jonas interrogates Iode 3 to try and prevent an impending terrorist attack in France.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Bureau from 149 votes.

The Bureau - S5E7

#4 - Episode 7

8.03

Season 5 - Episode 7

JJA is told to go ahead and recruit Mikhail. He contacts Pavel in Moscow to develop a strategy. Sylvain is sent to Seoul by the Russians to enlist Yellow Joon, a genius hacker. In Paris, Sisteron admits having lost confidence in JJA. In Cairo, intelligence indicates an attack is imminent.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Bureau from 112 votes.

The Bureau - S3E10

#5 - Episode 10

8.00

Season 3 - Episode 10

Marina is sequestered by Philippe, and the Mossad is ready to get rid of her; she must get out of there. At the same time, at the DGSE, Marie-Jeanne is more determined than ever to stop Malotru during a secret meeting of the latter with Nadia...

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Bureau from 146 votes.

The Bureau - S4E9
#6 - Episode 9
8.00
Season 4 - Episode 9

Sisteron warns Marina that her cover has been blown, but that her arrest could help on another crucial assignment. Meanwhile, Malotru parts ways with Samara and comes back to France, where he is to be held in solitary confinement. Back in Syria, Jonas has lost Iode 3’s track and must turn to artificial intelligence to try and find him.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Bureau from 139 votes.

The Bureau - S2E9
#7 - Episode 9
7.96
Season 2 - Episode 9

The suicide bomber pulls out of the mission against Boumaza, and Debailly steps into the operation, travelling to Syria but swearing his team to secrecy. He finishes his letter to Prune. DGSE hears that Marina is being interrogated by the Iranian secret police, who are torturing Zamani. The DGSE meets the CIA and insists that they identify the mole; after being threatened, the Americans name Debailly. Prune finds Debailly gone from his flat, reads his letter, and alerts the DGSE.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Bureau from 178 votes.

The Bureau - S5E3
#8 - Episode 3
7.92
Season 5 - Episode 3

Malotru is in place in the Russian agency FSB as "Pavel Lebedev". Sisteron is sent in the greatest secrecy to Cairo. Meanwhile, Jules announces to JJA that he has located Sylvain's phone. Digital tracing indicates that Sylvain is in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Bureau from 106 votes.

The Bureau - S4E8
#9 - Episode 8
7.87
Season 4 - Episode 8

Karlov asks Malotru to join the FSB in Moscow. In Paris, Sisteron and the entire Bureau must answer to an inquiry questionnaire on Marie-Jeanne, which JJA intends to use against her during the next board meeting. Meanwhile, Marina is resenting the way the Bureau is using Micha, afraid to once again leave a trail of destruction in her wake.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Bureau from 140 votes.

The Bureau - S1E10
#10 - Episode 10
7.81
Season 1 - Episode 10

Debailly asks DGSE to help Nadia, but is refused. He attracts the CIA by approaching the Syrians, purporting to represent the Americans, and takes time off to meet the CIA (revealed as the flashforwards shown from Episode Two). Dr Balmes suggests his motivation is not love for Nadia, but craving for the double life he experienced undercover. He agrees to return to the DGSE as a CIA double agent. Meanwhile, Marina disappears in Tbilisi en route to Iran, kidnapped by the Georgian secret service to see from where she seeks help. Cyclone is rescued in an ambush near the border with Mali.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Bureau from 179 votes.

Last updated: may 02, 2021

Comments

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This show is the most realistic picture of an intelligence agency I've ever seen ! The way people talk is subtly polished, in terms of both languages spoken and accents used. The style is very sober, fascinating, impressive and largely differs from Legends, I am hopping up and down with impatience waiting for the next season !

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Just finished watching Season 1. This is one spy-thriller that does not focus on action and focuses on drama instead. And as much as I thought I would hate it, I did end up loving it. It does get a bit slow. But some brilliant performances, and a nice dose of character study and character dynamics make this show special. Mathieu Kassovitz as special agent Malotru impresses, with his controlled expressions, and the feeling that he is just on the tip before boiling over. It is only in brief moments of self-reflection when the audience gets to see the perfect spy who committed the one grave mistake of falling in love. Loved it!

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Starts October Sundance season 5

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Season 1 through 3 is a solid spy drama using current events as background story, and that makes it very enjoyable. The 4th season is dragging on with the main character, and to be perfectly honest other character in the show could have been developed a lot more and brough firmly in the foreground. That is not the case and this could easily be called the unbelievable adventure of rogue agent Malotru.

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