Professionals | Episode 9-10, “Deep Fake” & “Swan Song”

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 9 (Deep Fake): Peter is ready to take over his business again, but back in Dublin he is met with accusations that can cost him everything.Neuman finally gets hold of Vincent and confronts him.

S1, Episode 10 (Swan Song): Vincent and his team get an unexpected ally, but can they trust him? Zora learns of a family secret that threatens her plans and leads her to take desperate action.

[previous recaps here]

I was supposed to rewatch this before I wrote a recap, but in all honesty, I don’t care anymore. I am posting this for the sake of completeness, lol. Tom Welling said this show was like an A-Team/Ocean’s Eleven inspired thing which makes a lot of sense. I still have no idea how it ever got into production stage (I’ll never accept this medical satellite storyline EVER!).

Anyway, from what I can remember, they make it out of the Congo in one peace. They leave Grace in New Zealand so she can recover. Neumann is fired because apparently Tariq Basari is an informer (and really, no one could tell him this beforehand?). He then joins Vincent’s team because he’s knocking boots with Romy (I think? I didn’t care at that point).

Meanwhile, Peter is arrested after Zora releases a fake video of him confessing to comes of some kind. She also finds out she’s not even a real Swann. Apparently, the reason why her father left her mother was because he found out she was not his daughter. Anyway, basically they (Zora and co) gear up to relaunch another satellite.

Sometime before this Vincent has to spring Peter from custody and he does this by posing as his lawyer and wearing a ridiculous wig. I feel like there was a speech bubble above Tom Welling’s head saying “I willingly signed up for *this*?! I almost choked on my tongue. I was not ready.

Danny shows up and I don’t know what his problem is, but I think someone shoots him (finally). Vincent seems concerned, but they drag him out of there. Good. Bye, Danny! I can’t remember what happens to any of the other characters but it isn’t important.

Back to the satellite and they end up needing to sabotage it because Zora’s evil plan is to steal all the data and sell it to medical companies at high cost. Instead of getting someone to use a computer virus to take it down, they physically travel to the site and shoot it and YAY satellite destroyed.

The End!

… that is genuinely how it ended.

Overall show rating: 6.5/10

I gave it an extra 0.5 because it was so not what I expected, but I genuinely did have fun watching it. Also, because of Tom Welling’s wig. I needed the laugh it gave me. Actually, the wig deserves it’s own point.

New rating: 7.5/10.

The writing is terrible. The locations were beautiful. The plot was… well, it was there. Did it come full circle? Yes. Was it entertaining? In a low budget way, yes. Would I watch it again? Yes. In hindsight, no. Am I biased because of Tom Welling and Brendan Fraser? Probably…Not anymore.

I’m still not convinced this show isn’t satire because it sure made me laugh. In terms of the acting, I’d say Brendan Fraser was the most competent. Tom Welling was decent, but I couldn’t tell if he was just bored, or playing his character a certain way (or maybe both). He was much better in the combat scenes and in shared scenes with Fraser. Elena Anaya was probably got the short end of the stick writing-wise. Her character was never given much of a personality beyond ~love triangle~ and then they dropped it and she didn’t have much to do.

The B-Team (Romy, Trig and Hacksaw). Eh… I liked their dynamic in the earlier episodes, but a lot of the whole private contractors special club with accompanying bar scenes felt extremely forced. It seemed like a lot of stuff was left on the cutting room floor…

Like I said, I loved the C-Team (Kolo, Tate and Zach) and a lot of the scenes based in the Congo. It came off a lot less forced and amateurish than the scenes based in Ireland.

The villains, Luther and Tariq Basari… well, Luther was a believable villain. Tariq Basari seemed like he’d stepped straight out of a pantomime. Very theatrical.

Agent Neumann was absolutely horrible in every way possible. He’s clearly supposed to be the comic relief, but it’s the opposite. Agent Elias was fine, but again… not much of a personality. She was the straight man to Neumann’s wacky cop.

The actress playing Zora was okay, but her lines were not great. I can’t blame her for that. Same goes for the person who played Jayne Swann. The actor who played Danny… well, there’s room for improvement? That goes for the writing team. With some supervision and major editing, the show could have been a lot better.

Still, there are worse shows out there and at least with this one you can laugh at it. With it?

Well… you be the judge.

Or not. 😂


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