'Bomb Girls' fans get closure with TV-movie

Bomb Girls cast. (Jan Thijs/ Handout)

Bomb Girls cast. (Jan Thijs/ Handout)

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 PM ET

Fans of Bomb Girls finally are getting some closure, and I don't mean in terms of which side wins World War II.

Do I need a “spoiler alert” on that? Isn't there a statute of limitations?

Regardless, the two-hour made-for-TV movie Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy, which airs Thursday, March 27 on Global, doesn't progress right to the end of World War II. But it does mark a ceasefire for Bomb Girls, which aired as a series over two seasons (six episodes in early 2012, then 12 episodes in early 2013).

Bomb Girls, which primarily stars Jodi Balfour, Meg Tilly, Ali Liebert, Charlotte Hegele and Anastasia Phillips, is about women working at a Canadian munitions factory during World War II. When Bomb Girls was cancelled as a series in April 2013 – for the usual reasons, namely, ratings were headed in the wrong direction – devotees were soothed slightly with the promise of a series-ending movie.

And here it is, 11 months after the last new episode of Bomb Girls aired. I must admit, when I first heard about the air date for Facing the Enemy, I thought to myself, “Hmmm, random Thursday in March, not exactly a marquee slot.” But then again, this two-hour movie didn't have to exist at all, so it's a glass-half-full thing.

In Facing the Enemy, it's 1943 and the war isn't going well for the Allies, although the average Canadian isn't necessarily aware of that. Suspicions arise that someone on-site at Victory Munitions is sabotaging the factory's new secret sonar line, and Canadian soldiers are getting killed because of it.

Former “bomb girl” Gladys Witham (Balfour) covertly has been recruited by Allied Intelligence. She volunteers to return to the factory and sniff out the traitor, or traitors. This means lying to, and spying on, her best friends. Can Gladys trust anyone?

In an era of complicated TV, Bomb Girls always was a straight-forward show, and I don't mean that as an insult, merely as an observation. Yes, there were surprises and plot twists – and there definitely are a few more of those in Facing the Enemy – but it's not the type of show that ever left you confused.

The strength of Bomb Girls was in its strong female characters. The situations occasionally were preposterous, but the moral and emotional questions the characters faced were relatable, philosophically if not specifically.

I'll gladly give an individual shout-out to Tilly, who plays Lorna Corbett. Tilly truly is excellent at conveying emotion on her face in a subtle but powerful way. You can see what her character is going through just by looking into her eyes, even as she usually maintains her cool as the floor boss at the factory. Here's hoping we see more of Tilly in another vehicle soon.

As for Bomb Girls, the surrender papers have been signed. Unless Netflix decides to pick it up. No show ever is truly dead these days, eh?

And yet as the story of Bomb Girls ends, there's only so much of World Ward II left to cover. Just to avoid a Twitter attack, I won't tell you who wins.

 

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