I don't have anything new to say about Citadel. I have squeezed out every drop of my opinion in my previous reviews of this show. At this point, all I can do is reiterate myself. I have to get as lazy as the writers of Citadel to fill up my blank document. What should I do? How should I start talking about the new episode? Am I asking these questions to increase my word count? Well, dear readers, you have caught me red-handed. I guess you won't forgive me the way some viewers might forgive this show and overlook its flaws just because it has good-looking actors. Don't worry; I understand. My sentences aren't as elegant as a slinky Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Here is someone who has consistently managed to charm us with her enchanting presence. I can't imagine this version of Citadel without Chopra Jonas. Is there any other actor who could have sparkled with such intensity amidst an excess of mediocrity?
In one of the scenes in the sixth episode of Citadel, Nadia (Chopra Jonas) simply pops up in the frame, making a character say this line, "Did you just parachute down here?" Nadia's response? "Yes, I am awesome," or something like that. The exact words don't matter. What matters is the confidence with which Chopra Jonas sells nonsense. She makes trash palatable, and if the writers had any wit, Citadel could have been invariably enjoyable. The sixth episode is not as bad as the fifth one. At its best, it reminded me why I initially liked this vehicle. There is a bombastic action scene on a submarine, and these initial portions are served with just enough insouciance. Oh, how I wish the rest of the episode - and this whole season - had followed this approach to storytelling instead of attempting to be "character-driven" in many places.
Episode 6 doesn't take much time to remind us that what we are watching is sorely devoid of substance. Citadel's issues come to the surface whenever it shifts its attention towards the emotions of the characters. There is a scene in the sixth episode where Mason (Richard Madden) and a woman privately discuss an important matter, and the show treats it as a bullet point instead of infusing it with dramatic weight. But then, what else can you expect from a show like this, where there is emptiness between the lines. Citadel only concentrates on "essential events." We just see the illustrations that are there in the panel. This means that the series is like a comic book, and that makes sense considering Russo Brothers are involved in the project. What's more, the twists feel unremarkable. You don't scream, "Oh wow, I didn't see this coming!" Rather, you whisper, "Eh, why not?" These so-called twists merely try to wrap up loose ends. There is nothing surprising or exciting about them.
So, there you have it. I officially don't have any more thoughts to dispense. The fact that I managed to write the above paragraphs after mentioning that I don't have anything to say about this show in the beginning can be considered a lame Citadel twist. Are you shocked? Are you smiling? Am I again asking these questions to increase my word count? Have I really become as lazy as the writers of Citadel? Dear readers, you be the judge.
Final Score- [5.5/10]
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