TL;DR – A better episode, but you can still feel the foundations shaking as they barrel towards the end of the season.
Disclosure – I paid for the Amazon Prime service that viewed this series.
Citadel Review –
We are starting to barrel towards the end of the season, which usually fills me with wonder or dread about how they will finish it all. However, all Citadel has provoked from me so far is mild indifference, with frustration in seeing hints of something better in a sea of poor choices. I wondered if we would continue this free fall into oblivion, but thankfully, we started stabilising this week.
So to set the scene, we start where it ended in Tell Her Everything with Mason (Richard Madden) & Nadia (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) in a black site in Morocco trying to rescue Carter Spence (Osy Ikhile), only for Carter to finger Nadia as the mole that took Citadel down. Nine years earlier, the pair were in Athens, where Mason did the unthinkable, he popped the question. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
Once again, this episode is focused mainly on the past, and unfortunately, these parts are the show’s weakest elements. I have reached a point where I don’t care about their past relationship because of how poorly it has been written, and today’s episode was no exception. For example, I didn’t mind that they had a full fight in the middle of a restaurant, so loud that people tried to shush them. It is that they are straight up talking about being spies while this is happening, loud enough that they could be heard a block away. Citadel is a show full of these moments of disconnect. Honestly, at this point, I don’t care who betrayed Citadel, it is only five episodes in, and that mystery is already played out.
However, on the other side of the narrative, the show focuses on exciting things for a change. What does Manticore want to do with those Russian Nukes? That is an interesting question, why have we been ignoring that? Lesley Manville and Stanley Tucci are a delight as they verbally snipe at each other. Where was more of that? Also, the show finally remembered that Mason and Nadia have families, and thus suddenly, there was some actual tension, if only for a brief moment. Watching Anders Silje (Roland Møller) stamp towards Dahlia after getting shot in the head was probably the best moment in the show so far. So you feel that there are glimpses of something better hidden in there.
In the end, do we recommend Citadel: Time Renders Us Enemies? Well, this episode may have stabilised the freefall, but we still are not soaring anywhere, and with next week being the season finale, I am unsure if there will be enough time to try.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Citadel
Directed by – Newton Thomas Sigel
Written by –Bryan Oh, Angela Russo-Otstot & David Weil
Created by – Josh Appelbaum, Bryan Oh & David Weil
Production/Distribution Companies – AGBO, Midnight Radio, PKM, Picrow, Super Epic, Amazon Studios & Amazon Prime
Starring – Richard Madden, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Ashleigh Cummings, Roland Møller, Osy Ikhile, Caoilinn Springall, Lesley Manville & Stanley Tucci with Moira Kelly and Paul Bazely, Simon Kim, Gráinne Good, Sara Martins, Laëtitia Eïdo & Leo Ashizawa
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