Well, as much as I hate to say it, we’ve reached the end of the season. With Latif in custody, Grant figured she’d take care of everyone’s problem and immediately went for a gun. Sinclair however stopped her from taking out Latif by putting himself in between the two reminding Grant that they need him to find the two bombers that are on the loose. Grant reluctantly agreed and lowered her weapon ordering Scott and Stonebridge to restrain him and Julia to dress his wound. I gather that was the result of the gunshot we heard last week after Stonebridge took off after him.
With Latif being taken care of, Stonebridge and Scott head out to follow a lead on one of the bombers. They track him through the subway and follow him onto a bus. The situation gets out of control when their cover is blown and the bomber is able to activate the bomb. Much to Scott and Stonebridge’s horror, they realize that the bomb isn’t in the case that the guy was carrying but it’s actually inside his body. With seconds to spare they jump off the bus containing the explosion, however, toxic fumes are escaping though the broken windows.
Meanwhile back at HQ, Grant decides to question Latif herself about the weapon the bombers plan to use, setting the one that Stonebridge took from the underground bunker on the table. He tells her that he doesn’t do anything without a reason and as they trade quips, Latif’s men invade HQ compliments of a tracker that he was wearing in the form of a pin. Before his men storm the crib, we find out that it was Grant who actually set up Scott to be implicated in the mission that effectively ended his military career. So that scene last week with her going to his hotel room wasn’t about anything other than her guilt getting the best of her. Latif’s men are able to take out pretty much everyone except Sinclair and Julia, although she did take a bullet to the shoulder. One of Latif’s men barge into the room where Grant is holding him and knocks her out cold, but not before she grabs the device and puts it in her pocket. (Seems trivial to mention this but it comes into play later.)
Scott and Stonebridge barrel into HQ taking out the rest of the bad guys just in the nick of time. Scott accusingly questions Sinclair about the breach, but Sinclair shows his backbone telling him that he’s never betrayed his country or Section 20. This little yelling match is followed with a fist that connects to Scott’s jaw. Pretty impressive Sinclair! Julia realizes that both Grant and Latif are gone. So now their one mission becomes two. Find the second bomber, and find Grant. Thankfully, Julia’s pretty crafty and thought ahead by placing a tracker in Latif’s bandage when she dressed his wound.
Sinclair and Julia are able to get their system back up and are able to pinpoint a location on the second bomber. She’s also able to get a lock on Grant. Stonebridge heads in the direction of the bomber and Scott takes off after Grant. The bomber was able to get past security and get closer to the castle where several delegates are gathering. Mixed in with the large group of protestors outside, Stonebridge inserts himself in the crowd in hopes of finding the bomber. The crowd gets a little unruly however, but the police won’t budge in letting them out. Stonebridge unlocks a fence at the back of the crowd and people stream out going every which way. He finds the second bomber, but he’s taken a pregnant woman hostage. Stonebridge pulls a Jedi mind trick on the guy and is able to talk him down. The threat is seemingly over when the bomber takes a bullet to the head.
While Stonebridge is dealing with the bomber, Scott is able to find the location of where Grant is being held. She’s not alone however and Latif’s men bring in Pakistani Presidential candidate Ramiz. We find out that Grant and Ramiz are already acquainted when their part in Trojan Horse, which was all about planting WMD’s in Iraq to justify the invasion, comes out. So Grant really knew everything all along. Once Ramiz admits his part, Latif puts a bullet in his head. Latif then turns to Grant expecting the same thing not knowing that Scott is quietly taking out Latif’s men one by one in an effort to get her back. Grant records her confession but adds a part at the end.
One of the men that Scott tried to take out went a little more loudly than the others and actually put up a bit of a fight alerting Latif to his presence. Latif activates the bomb that is inside of the second bomber and grabs Grant and makes for a chopper he’s got outside. Just as he’s about to board, he puts a gun to Grant’s chest. She takes his hand, not to try to stop him, but the move the gun so it’s pointing at the bomb she put in her jacket before Latif’s man knocked her out (see? told ya!) She then squeezes the trigger for him. The bullet triggers the bomb and both Grant and Latif (and his chopper) explode as Scott watches his shock.
Stonebridge, just when he thought they were in the clear, sees that the timer has been activated and in a truly squirm-inducing grotesque scene, Stonebridge has to cut the guy open, dig inside of his body and retrieve the bomb. With Sinclair on the horn, he figures out which wire to cut just in time to stop the bomb from detonating. I’m pretty sure that’s not how he thought his day would go when got up that morning.
Back at Section 20 Grant’s recorded message is viewed and not only does she admit to Scott that she was behind his incrimination and discharge, he also finds out that it was all because he got to close to finding out about Trojan Horse. She commends each of her team members and the four of them raise a shot glass of liquor in her honor. Afterwards, Stonebridge and Scott are on the roof looking through the folder that Grant had on Scott. Stonebridge asks Scott what he’s going to do with it and Scott’s only reply is setting it on fire and watching it burn telling Stonebridge that Grant, in the end gave Scott a second chance. The tables turn and Scott tells Stonebridge that he has to make a decision as well regarding his wife and their unborn child. Stonebridge informs him that he’s already made a decision. Seems that he’s chosing family. Roll credits.
When this show first started I was hesitant about following it through. I’m very happy that I did because it just got progressively better with each following episode. I’m also very pleased to know that Cinemax has ordered up another season and can’t wait to see what happens when it comes back next year. With Stonebridge chosing family, how is that going to play out with his role in Section 20? Who will be the big bad wolf next season? Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to find out the answers. My favorite part of this series is the camaraderie between Scott and Stonebridge. They didn’t like each other in the beginning but each episode showed how their relationship and trust in each other grew.
Cinemax will be airing all 10 episodes again so if you missed any of them, I strongly urge you to start at the beginning. It’s well worth the time. One last note: The song that plays in the opening credits struck me immediately and I searched and searched to find it. The song is called “Short Change Hero” by The Heavy’s.
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