Normally when someone tells me to Bow To The Queen, I ask myself if they are watching Game of Thrones or if I have slept with them and they’re telling me that they’re bowing down to me. But hey, the saying has an all new meaning in what will be your newest obsession – The Endgame.
Morena Baccarin and Ryan Michelle Bathe star in this high octane thrilled that will have you guessing what is happening and knowing that Elena Federova isn’t one to fuck with. Like no joke, Elena is the Queen and she’s always one step ahead.
Unlike many procedurals, where you can figure out what is happening next or who done it, the thing about The Endgame, is nothing is as it seems. But as a viewer, you’re okay with that.
You’re okay with it, because you are so engrossed in what is happening that you don’t even realize that what is happening will change with each breath. Over and over again, you’re hearing that she’s here to tell you a story. It’s a fairytale, but not like any fairytale that you’ve ever heard before.
And it’s definitely not.
The series description? Well thats, “Elena Federova orchestrates seven simultaneous New York City bank heists, principled and relentless agent Val Turner vows to take her down. An outcast in the bureau, Val soon learns that she’ll have to use clues from her own complicated past to try to decipher Elena’s cryptic games. However, as the mystery starts to unravel and chilling secrets are revealed, Val begins to question her own sense of justice when it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems.”
And let me just say that from the very beginning you need to do yourself a favor and pay attention to everything, because everything is a clue. You’re going to have to not be distracted by Elena’s blue dress, because trust me, you will be. Like for real, it’s gorgeous and you will be wondering how she wears it with such ease. Like this girl is all for a ball gown, but if you’re gonna put me in a shipping container and make me travel in the back of the truck, give a girl some leisurewear.
But nothing phases Elena, and if it does, she gives no clues. She’s poised and stoic and you can tell that she’s playing a game that she intends to win. It doesn’t matter that the head of the FBI, Attorney General, and the head of Homeland Security are staring at her and basically telling her that her life is over. She’s got to cooperate or she’ll be going to some black hole of a prison where no one can find her.
The thing is, when you have a woman that has spent her whole life proving why she’s not less than and battling the cruel vicious world that has let her down, she’s not going to just give herself up, she’s going to make sure that she comes to you when she wants to.
When she needs to.
When it benefits her.
Elena and her crew take over bank after bank. Everything has been calculated. They know who is in the bank, who runs it, everything about their lives. Everything has been carefully orchestrated to make whatever game she is playing end in her favor.
We’ve also got FBI agent, Val Turner. The bureau thinks that she is dirty because her husband is serving a ten year sentence for taking drug money. And hey, in their eyes, it means she must be dirty too. He wants to divorce her, says it would be better for her.
But Val isn’t having it. She’s in love and has been since they were kids. She’s going to stick out his time, but he isn’t willing to let her do that.
This pisses Val off and she’s not going to sign the papers. Instead she channels all of this into doing her job as one bank after another gets taken over by Elena’s crews.
Val is a smart agent and has her connections. She’s able to call a cartel leader who – I can’t be the only one that is shocked he’s got a full on DJ station set up in his cell. The bank where all of his money is in, no one would ever hit without his permission. But as Val is talking to him she realizes who it is.
Elena and her have come face to face before. Elena tried to kill her and missed. But ever since then Val has found out everything that she can about Elena. And talking to Solomon (the cartel leader) and she realizes who it is. She realizes that he would only bow down for one person and that one person is Elena.
A series of events leads Val to going to Fort Totten where Elena is being held. She’s been waiting for Val. There isn’t a moment that Elena has not planned out.
Morena Baccarin is captivating. She’s fierce, cunning, and plans every moment. But while showing Val who she is, she lets something slip. Val sees the stretch marks and knows that Elena has a child. It’s something no one had known til then.
Val keeps trying to solve what is happening, but no one is listening to her. She believes that the next thing that is going to happen is Elena is going to head for the Federal Reserve Bank. Everyone thinks she is wrong.
But Val heads down there and realizes that the person that they all thought had helped them capture Elena, the waiter, was actually a part of her business. A shooting match ensues and he ends up shot.
Val may be the outcast of the FBI, but she sure knows what she is doing. She’s a good agent, a dedicated one, and one that has been chosen for a reason.
Ryan Michelle Bathe is equally as captivating. Val is a dynamic character, one that you’re wondering just how
One that Elena has a plan for and no one is sure why. Val just knows that with every moment she’s getting dragged deeper in. She starts to place somethings together and realizes that her husbands law firm is the same one that Elena said her lawyer is from.
And so as the pieces start to fall together, Val is given an option – help Elena and she’ll get the proof to set her husband free. How does Elena’s lawyer have this information?
Elena is the one that framed Val’s husband.
Val is honest and not about to accept this offer. But that doesn’t mean that she’s backing down. Not even close. She’s going to come for Elena and everyone else.
The Endgame – we haven’t figured out what that is and yet, with one episode they have drawn us so far in that we’re obsessed over what could be. This is the show we’ve been missing on our TV screens.
We’re as fascinated with these two as they are with each other. For now though, we’re bowing to the Queen.
- Elena dress is a distraction. Not for anything but the bright ass color of it.
- Couldn’t stop laughing when the FBI found the mole. Why? Because damn that was quick.
- Wait didn’t Elena’s husband die?
- Wait is that Elena’s husband in jail with Owen?
- The flashback at first you think that this mean girl is Elena, but you quickly see she was made to be a certain way by circumstances that happened to her. But I am intrigued how she evolved and how she became an arms dealer.
- Really want to know how they knew what was in the safety deposit box.
- Love that Elena is called Snow White. And that she hit 7 banks.
- Val telling the people that if they come near the kids, she’ll kill them, I was afraid of her.
- Anthony is one of my favorites.
- How is Sergey in prison? I thought Val said he was dead.
The Endgame airs Mondays on NBC.