The Enemy Within (2019)
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A brilliant CIA analyst gives a terrorist the information he needs to kill several people, gets caught, and ends up in a SuperMax prison. Three years later she turns around and helps the government catch the terrorist she gave the information to. Why?
She finally admits that she helped the terrorist because he threatened to kill her daughter, i.e. she is a good person, not a real traitor. Why didn't she explain this when she was caught and sentenced? Because she didn't want her daughter to know that people died to save her. I guess it's better that the daughter thinks that her mother helped kill people for no reason at all? And better for her daughter grow up alone, thinking that her mother, locked away in Supermax, is one of the worst traitors in US history. Seriously?
The weepy scene in which the brilliant CIA analyst explains that she is now helping the government so she can be a good mother is one of the worst I have seen in a while.
I would have put up with a much crazier scenario that had a hint of intelligence. I can't keep watching a show that is this dumb.
Morris Chestnut is out of his range for this character. His acting isn't good and the writers don't help him because they seem confused about him.
The only bright spot and the only thing keeping the interest is Jennifer Carpenter. Unlike another reviewer she is absolutely perfect for this character.
The story revolves around a brilliant former CIA agent serving time for treason who has a unique set of skills that the FBI needs to stop a terrorist threat. Think Blackhat. There are a few "twists" that almost anyone could see coming, but that did not spoil it for me. If you're looking for great, well-done TV, keep moving - nothing to see here. But if you just need to escape reality for an hour, give it try.
So, Tal is this incredible terrorist with hundreds or thousands of agents EVERYWHERE and at the beginning, we're led to believe there's over 100,000 "agents" in the U.S. everywhere. But here's the first trick. TAL is responsible for killing a lot of people and was trying to kill TONS of people which makes me wonder why our super smart FBI agent hasn't bothered to ask WHY the CIA analyst was kidnapped and is STILL alive? What was so important about her to keep her alive? The second question comes out as a result of Episode two. IF it is so almighty important for the FBI to provide protection for the traitor's daughter because TAL would exact revenge if he found out that she was helping the FBI, why is she fine with EVERYBODY knowing that she's working WITH the FBI? Surely she can't believe that a couple of agents can keep TAL from killing her daughter if he wanted her dead?
Plot holes are looking bigger and bigger. I may be back as the series progresses to add a few more.