The thing about FBI: International is that it is not like the other FBI shows, but yet the same. It is hard to describe, but it’s a good thing.
From the beginning of this show (and yes, I know that we’re only on the third episode) they have made sure that it plays differently than the other ones. It’s as if the show said let us give you a ship (which we’re iffy on), characters that talk about their trajectory, and get to know these agents outside of the the case.
Now, is it something that I am into? I am. I like when things are different. I like when I don’t know what is going to happen next. I like when I am shocked by characters and their actions.
I like being kept on my toes.
Now, do I understand a lot of what happened in this episode? No. I am crypto currency dumb and anything and everything about it confuses me. But what I do know if that four crypto currency wallets have been stolen and an American is dead.
The team catches the case, which leads them to Switzerland. Now, I have to say that I am shocked the Forrester and the team show up there, ready to cooperate with the Swiss police. I am sure positive that he’s never been that kind to the people that he is working with – EVER (and again, yes, I know we’re three episodes in).
Case aside for a second, up until now, I have been apprehensive about the relationship between Forrester and Kellett. I still am. At the beginning we see them in bed, him trying to talk her out of leaving, and her trying to explain to him why she needs to go. But they’ve got a few months.
And hey, that should have told us that shit was going to happen to change that.
While I admit that we’re in the beginning of this show and that anything can happen, I have to admit that I loved the moment that Kellett was like no, I am still going to go. No one should build their life around someone else, and even though Forrester is asking her to stay, she is staying strong.
Kellett is obviously great at her job. She knows how to get and use informants, what to look at, the questions to ask, etc. And she is this strong woman that other people can learn from. I am in no way saying that falling for someone makes her weak, quite the opposite. I think that vulnerability and allowing people in is one the strongest things that anyone can do.
As they pursue this case, and try to figure out who stole the wallets, the team is separated. As Kellett goes to work a contact, she actually walks in on her person talking to one of the robbers. She’s shot and able to hide behind a metal door that they can’t get through.
But for the rest of her team, this is a terrifying experience. They aren’t there, they can’t get to her immediately. For Forrester it’s a driving force to solve the case and find who did this. It’s a moment where you can see his guard come down and his feelings for her shine through.
The reality is that for once, their relationship makes some sense. They have actual feelings. They aren’t just fuck buddies. Instead they are two human beings that have been denying their feelings. For once, I actually felt something for Forrester and Kellett besides my confusion as to why the two are sleeping together.
Kellett is in surgery and they are doing everything that they can to save her, but the team is focused on finding the man who shot her. And to me, that’s what this episode was about – the team. Sure, some asshole with an ego who thought that everyone was beneath him – his crypto currency was stolen.
But the team got it back.
What it was about to me was seeing that this team is willing to go to all lengths for each other. They are not going to back down, they will look at every angle, and they will be there for each other.
I am glad that we get to see this side.
But I didn’t like the ending. Look everyone can make decisions for themselves, but when Kellett said that she no longer wanted to take the job in NYC, that she wanted to see where things go with Forrester, I was like seriously? Don’t make those big decisions on morphine.
But am I loving Kellett and Forrester? Yes, I am invested.
Don’t get mad – the ship chooses you, you don’t choose the ship.
FBI: International airs Tuesdays on CBS.