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This week on Taken: Terrorists threaten Washington but it was not whom you’d expect. At first, it appeared that a stereotypical Muslim man was the risk. But in a surprising twist, he turned out to be the victim. Forces within the government were conspiring to coerce the President to start a new war with Muslims by kidnapping and framing a Muslim man as a suicide bomber. Those that were supposed to protect the country were, in fact, the bad guys.
Episode 3 was crammed with so many twists and turns, my head nearly started to spin. Here are the moments that jumped out at me.
What a way to start an episode! Bryan running through the park on a warm day is practically perfection. I was hoping for another totally unnecessary but totally necessary shower scene like last week but sweaty Bryan in a torn t-shirt will have to do.
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I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Jennifer Beals as Christina Hart. Many times, women in power come off as bitchy rather than in control and it totally drives me crazy. Christina, however, is my spirit animal. She has a back bone of steel and demands respect of those that work for her. What she wants, she gets. She is a women I can relate to.
I am also over the moon that the writers are not pushing a Byran-Christina relationship! Praise the Lord! It’s about time that a male and female lead can portray characters that work together and… that’s it. They work together. There is no sexual tension between them. You know, kind of like real life. This ship is one that will, hopefully, never be. Her relationship with her now-dead-friend’s husband however is looking interesting. They seem to have a history. Now that she has asked him to be her emergency contact in case her recently diagnosed brain tumor goes south, it looks that they may have a “let’s take advantage of right now” moment.
What happens when you pit a seasoned profiler revered for his tenacity against a woman with more balls than most men who gets the job done no matter what? You get the best scenes in this episode! The showdown between Gilroy and Christina was fierce from the start. It was obvious that no line of questioning was going to crack him. He had that smug arrogance about him. But when Hart ordered that he be placed in the same room as the Hannibal Lector-esque serial killer that Gilroy had sent to jail? I was yelling “OMG YES!” at the television. Her tactic worked as Gilroy’s facade crumbled and he gave up the goods – probably after crapping his pants.
The battle continued as Christina drove Gilroy to an exchange point where she was to trade him for the life of an innocent man strapped to a suicide vest. The conversation in the car was brilliant as they each tried to get into each other’s head. I hope we see them battle it out again.
Christina may have the undying loyalty of her team but her tactics are brutal and, one might argue, morally questionable. Bryan’s moral compass is being tested as he watches her give orders that don’t sit right with him. It is evident on his face. I have a feeling that this struggle is going to come to a head before the season is done.
Asha is the bomb. She brings a great balance into Bryan’s chaotic world. She is a confident woman who speaks her mind by calling Bryan out on not doing something stupid about the man who murdered his sister. (Side note – he’s totally going to do something stupid) She is an attorney, after all. Where Bryan is unsure about himself, she is self aware. She likes him. She lets him know it. And she pursues him! Bryan better pick up on her flirting because I ship it.
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