Halloween could be just a few calendar areas away, however this episode blended life like horrors with suspense effectively sufficient to make you test your calendar. “Prey” focuses on notably unsettling crimes, approaching them extra thoughtfully than the instances in its first two episodes. There’s additionally some new perception into the workings of the present’s FBI department. It takes a second for these observations to sink in, although, what with the leap scares and all.
A household’s morning routine is interrupted by a severely injured younger girl begging for assist. It seems that she was stabbed thirty instances, buried alive (a mistake on her would-have-been killer’s half), and dug herself out of the grave. Later, Maggie tells this lady Hailey that she is powerful sufficient to rebuild her life. No kidding! The FBI are summoned when police discover that eighteen different graves the place Hailey was buried. The primary thought is, after all, serial killer is at work. Nevertheless, when the our bodies are examined, they’re discovered to all have the identical disfigured model. Hailey and the others had been victims of human trafficking. Hailey tells them women had been taken away in the event that they obtained sick or acted out. She requested a “consumer” for assist after listening to that her youthful sister Brooke was in poor health. They had been orphans from Europe who moved to America after listening to about job alternatives.
Human trafficking is a $100 billion greenback monster, per restricted estimates. Simply final yr, the FBI rescued a number of dozen little one trafficking victims. The present makes some good factors about how this explicit space of crime is not one thing that the media needs to cowl. Particular Agent Mosier feedback to OA that individuals would reasonably dwell on much less commonplace atrocities, just like the acts of serial killers. The episode fumbles a bit through the use of the case as a approach for OA to drop some clunky exposition. At one level he seems on the display screen displaying the earlier than and after pictures of the younger ladies, these women lured into horrific abuse, and principally says “This is not one thing a man with three sisters ought to be seeing.” It is awkward, as a result of it isn’t spoken to anyone actually. Simply skinny air. And the episode goes on to squeeze in two extra mentions of his sisters in random locations. It would not come up naturally. Wouldn’t it have been arduous to have OA discuss to Maggie about how seeing these women made him take into consideration what risks his personal sisters face? I feel that may have been a greater strategy to get the character particulars in there.
The clock is ticking to search out the individuals who run the ring and to rescue the opposite women. A selected goal is the person killing the “downside ones”, an actual piece of labor the women known as “Snake.” Their first clue comes from Hailey’s repeat consumer who did name 9-1-1 after her plea however took no different motion. Maggie and OA discover him on the fireplace station he works at. Not scorching, firefighter! He does quit the situation they’d their encounter at. The basement is empty, however there are clues, items that give them a glimpse of what life was like down there. Soiled mattresses on the ground, a wall coated in photos drawn and coloured with make-up. Footage of completely happy, free animals largely. And a nightmarish surgical suite. Hailey confirms that a physician would are available to carry out procedures. They’re capable of observe him down, although Snake has already killed him and escapes after a violent altercation with Maggie.
It comes all the way down to an undercover operation with Jubal getting out of the workplace to pose as a consumer. OA wished to be the one undercover, however Mosier stated they could not danger him on one thing like this, together with his earlier undercover work. This might change into an ongoing frustration for OA, if he’s disregarded of extra harmful ops. However it comes throughout right here is only a strategy to make the most of Jeremy Sisto extra. When the women got here, Jubal stalled for time by cracking some jokes that went utterly over their heads, which might have been humorous if the entire thing wasn’t so unhappy. This gave Maggie and OA alternative to smash some glass and seize the driving force who turned out to be Snake. Mosier sends Maggie in to interrogate him, and he or she is ready to manipulate him into giving up the situation of the opposite women. In maybe essentially the most twisted little bit of irony, they’re being held in a pristine white seaside home.
Maggie visits Hailey on the hospital later, reunited with Brooke, and walks away holding again tears. It is an efficient ending, appropriately unsatisfying. They’ve rescued these younger ladies. Their captors and abusers will probably be punished in a roundabout way. And but the world has so many extra darkish locations that Hailey and Brooke should navigate. We now have so many exhibits that target rescuing a sufferer or placing a affected person again collectively, however we nearly by no means journey with them down the street of what occurs subsequent. Human trafficking particularly is an evil that, to paraphrase Mosier, folks don’t need holding them up at evening.
“Prey” not solely handles a troubling matter capably, however it additionally continues to construct these bridges throughout the staff. Little moments equivalent to Mosier asking for Maggie’s suggestions and OA calling Bell “Mags” go a good distance in direction of bringing a present to life. This was additionally the primary episode the place Missy Peregrym actually owned each one in all her scenes. The Snake interrogation scene notably let her out of the field. Extra episodes like this one will assist FBI distinguish itself. It has solely improved every week.
Commentary: It was fascinating to notice Maggie and OA’s completely different approaches throughout their battle scenes. Maggie swings sooner, pushing out from the elbows and utilizing her decrease arms/fist power. OA is extra exact, placing out from the shoulders, and keen on a headlock.
Additionally, dream casting for OA’s mother and three sisters? Depart needs within the feedback.