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November 03, 2017 at 09:00 PM EDT


TV Show
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
run date
Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton
Current Status
In Season
We gave it a B-

“Enemy Bag of Tricks” isn’t just focused on the team though, despite all the interpersonal tension, which is giving this season some necessary emotional stakes. We also get a better look at who Roman is now, and just how evil he is. He’s in Sydney, Australia, attending PTSD meetings. Seems a little strange, but hey, he’s getting help and that can’t be a bad thing, right?

Wrong. As it turns out, Roman is specifically targeting a man who attends these meetings. For weeks he’s subtly manipulated him until the man invites him into his home to share a few drinks and bond over stories of their trauma. It’s truly heartbreaking stuff. The man mentions that his best friend from his time in the military killed himself. Eventually, he mentions that the same friend left him millions of dollars. “Why did I tell you that?” he says, to which Roman replies that he’s drugged him and that he’s going to kill him. It’s a horrific bit of business, and now there’s no question about whether or not Roman is truly a bad guy. Where last season looked to redeem him, season 3 wants to make sure there’s no question about who he is and what he’ll do.

Roman is the least of the FBI’s worries at the moment though. When they bring in the two people from the company that owns the satellite that came crashing down to earth, they learn something pretty devastating. It turns out that said company is just a front for the Department of Defense, and that the satellite is integral to a Missile Defense Shield that the government lies about even having. Inside that satellite was a black box that, when paired with a high-powered computer and some next-level coding skills, could turn that shield off.

Oh, it gets worse. Just then Zapata calls Keaton and, surprise, North Korea is prepping a missile launch! (So much for escapist TV, huh?) That must mean that whoever took the black box is probably selling it to North Korea so that they can take down the shield. Luckily, the team gets a break when Stuart discovers that two hunters were found dead in the area where the satellite fell. Also in that area is a number of cameras meant to track bear populations. This time though they caught the murder by the mercenaries, and in a crazy twist of fate, Jane knows one of them.

Again, there are secrets everywhere. Jane tells Weller that while she was away she put her skills to use by rescuing kidnapped people for money. It’s a morally gray area because of some of the people she worked with, like the man with many aliases that killed the two hunters and stole the black box—she calls him Dwyer Lee—are not good people. Weller’s initially angry, but when Jane fires back with “haven’t you ever worked with bad people to do something good?” he immediately thinks of Roman and his current situation. He sees her point, and despite the secrets, they continue to grow closer.

After the team tracks Dwyer to a house in Brooklyn and they recover the black box, they set about seeing if the box could have been cloned. The two Department of Defense employees, Nakheel and Marcy, set about examining the black box while Reade questions Dwyer about the North Koreans. Dwyer doesn’t roll over on his contacts, instead suggesting that the reason the North Koreans didn’t show up at the meet was because there’s a leak within the FBI.

Reade doesn’t think that makes any sense because nobody knew about the location and the black box…except for Nakheel and Marcy. So, they do some digging and discover that Nakheel’s used his access badge to get into the satellite network. There’s only one problem: He was in the hospital all night. That means Marcy was the leak and the one working with the North Koreans. We see her shoot two men and then call the North Koreans, letting them know that the deal is still on.

This is all a lot to process. Much of “Enemy Bag of Tricks” is fun enough as is, but it’s also overstuffed with information. There’s a lot of great material to explore in the personal and professional relationships here, but the show is asking us to care about these relationships while barely digging into them. The premiere did a much better job of finding that balance between all-out action and more subtle emotional beats. (Recap continues on next page)

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