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What we thought: The episode started off a little slow and choppy for us. A lot is going on here, and it's hard to juggle since we aren't that familiar with all the characters yet. We're still learning and working to remember names. But things picked up in the second half, and the stakes are still sky-high.
Grace, Marcus, the reporter, and Sam continue to be awesome, but they are a little more layered now. We got some backstory on Sam and Marcus's relationship. Sam was a captive in North Korea; Marcus's son was killed by friendly fire two weeks ago in Afghanistan.
We didn't know Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse, Being Human) grew up in Australia until we heard that accent. She plays Tani in this show, by the way. She's interesting-looking, no? The Russians were random, but okay. The French woman needs to chill. We loved Marcus's speech where he was all, "Let me remind you who you are."
This episode shouldn't lose the audience it got from the pilot. It affirmed that these are characters we can care about and a story that doesn't have a quick, easy ending. The second episode drew us in further. We're digging this show so far.
Episode grade: B++ (shut up; that's a grade)