Professionals | Episode 2 “Entanglements”

Multi-billionaire Peter Swann (Brendan Fraser) is starting a satellite-supported project that aims to detect disease outbreaks at an early stage in order to be able to intervene more quickly. But the rocket that is supposed to take the satellite into space explodes shortly after it has been launched. His fiancée, doctor Grace Davila (Elena Anaya), then persuades him to hire security professional Vincent Corbo (Tom Welling) to investigate the incident.

S1, Episode 2: Entanglements

Previous episodes here.


Peter hires Vincent and his team as bodyguards while they investigate who is behind the attacks. When they discover that his daughter Jane is missing, they are forced to come up with a risky plan.


First of all, I like the title. It’s very Jada Pinkett-Smith-y. Secondly, this episode was all over the place… but it made me laugh. These days, that can only be a plus. Sometimes, TV needs to be an escape and not an emotional journey.

My biggest issue remains the dialogue, but this episode was tighter than the first. The editing is a bit whiplashy (we jump from London, to Dublin, to Cape Town, to… Iraq and at one point, Somalia) but it’s not overly distracting.

This episode features a ‘white boy rapper’ called Vial, which was all kinds of hilarious. They literally unleash him on us within the first five minutes. I was… part amused, part terrified. It got kind of serious when we see he’s an abusive jerk.

We also see how Vincent Corbo put his team together and how he met Grace. There’s some rocket related plot, but it’s mostly sly looks and unanswered phone calls.

During this episode, we are taking a closer look at Dr. Swann’s daughter who’s gone missing. It turns out she’s with the abusive boyfriend, Vial, who truly is vile. So, they set up a whole mission to get her away from him complete with fake ambulance, fake paramedics, Vincent taking on six guys and escaping onto a rooftop and a bit where the woman running point keeps using ‘big’ words while trying to get Vincent away from a group of thugs who want to kill him.

We get it. She’s smart.

That’s followed by a touching moment in hospital where Dr. Swann reconnects with his daughter.

Meanwhile, Vincent Corbo’s brother Danny is stealing cars on our generic Bad Guy™ Tariq Basari’s turf. Which would be cool and all if Vincent didn’t literally steal information from the police that incriminated Basari in order to clear some debt Danny had accrued. Danny, you are clearly the weakest link, goodbye. This plot point is already annoying. The Europol officers who Vincent stole the information from are also now on the warpath, so… That will be a thing.

Yay.

There was also a side plot where the guy who’s knocking boots with Swann’s sister is an old adversary of Vincent’s. We also see how Vincent met Grace and kind of find out he’s still in love with her. I don’t know where they’re going with either of those storylines, but they seemed plonked on in this episode.

My favourite scene has to be the extended shower montage. We see Vincent’s team entering separate showers (why?) and it all ends with Grace knocking on Vincent’s door and him having his gun in there with him…Not even on the side (ETA: the gun was on a little shelf INSIDE the shower. I guess it was waterproof?), but he was literally holding the gun. I burst out laughing which I probably shouldn’t have, but it was just funny. How does one shower with a gun in one hand? I’m just thinking of the logistics, but hey, shirtless Tom Welling!

The episode ends with a phone call from a friend of Dr. Swann’s who was acting very shifty earlier on in the episode.

Dun, dun, duuuuuuun.


I like this show! It’s cheesy, but fun. The perfect tonic for 2020! And I love Brendan Fraser. Have I said that already? Cuz I do. Plus, it reminds me of Crossing Lines (the first two seasons at least) which I loooooved!

Rating: 6/10

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