If there’s one thing that the makers of “Citadel” are getting right in the series so far, it’s the settings for the fight sequences. The series began with spies fighting on a luxurious train in Italy, which made for a dreamy backdrop. In episode three, the snowy peaks of the Alborz Mountains provide a stunning location, despite the protagonist’s lack of enthusiasm about going there. The plot and dialogues however are still pretty standard spy territory and not much fun. Will Manticore be able to get nuclear codes and trigger a war or will Citadel agents save the world?
Titled ‘Infinite Shadows’, episode three shows viewers how Citadel’s top agents Mason Kane and Nadia Sinh met on-field during a dangerous mission. Richard Madden as Mason looks right out of an action video game, with exaggerated fight scenes that are “James Bond”/”Mission Impossible” style. Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ entrance was far more impressive despite being a lot more low key, her look as a Citadel agent is very Princess Leia like, although her outfit is eerily similar to a Stormtrooper. Both lead actors make suave spies, but their romantic sub-plot is not as convincing. At least not yet. Stanley Tucci as Bernard Orlick, the tech-mastermind of Citadel is turning out to be an intriguing character with impressive guts.
The cinematography is visually engaging so far, except for some inverted shots that are probably supposed to be artistic but are very annoying to look. For example, episode one begins with an upside down look at the train’s interior and slowly the camera rotates to make things appear as they should be. Episode three also has two such scenes and they just make my head spin, not in a good way. While this edition doesn’t do much to top the first two, it remains quite entertaining.
You can stream “Citadel” on Amazon Prime.