DVD review: “FBI: Season One” (2019)

“FBI: Season One” (2019)

Television Drama/Thriller

22 Episodes

Developed by: Dick Wolf & Craig Turk

Featuring: Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Jeremy Sisto, Ebonée Noel, Connie Nielsen, Sela Ward, Alana de la Garza and John Boyd

Maggie: “We have 2 hours to get on top of this.”

OA: “Kidnappers gave them 24.”

Maggie: “75 percent of abducted kids never make it or killed within 3 hours. That email came an hour ago.”

Released on DVD is the latest network television offering from legendary producer Dick Wolf in “FBI: Season One” (2019) a procedural that from week to week offers a particular crime for the two main characters to solve.

There is an honesty in this type of drama, especially from Dick Wolf whose name has become synonymous with this type of series that has become a staple of network television over the past four decades, they have lasted a long time and show no sign of deporting our screens. There is a reason why that amount all the prestigious dramas that have existed and the way they have altered the viewing habits of the public these simple low fi dreams persist, they are easy to watch, to dip in and out of and are like junk food for the mind. That’s not a bad thing in fact it does what genre television does as well, it operates in the present most obviously it rips stories from newspapers as well as television, a very Wolfian thing to do.

The series centers on inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This elite unit brings to bear all their talents, intellect, and technical expertise on major cases in order to keep New York and the country safe. Born into a multi-generational law enforcement family, Special Agent Maggie Bell commits deeply to the people she works with as well as those she protects. Her partner is Special Agent Omar Adom “O. A.” Zidan, a West Point graduate from Bushwick who spent two years undercover for the DEA before being cherry-picked by the FBI. Overseeing them is Special Agent in Charge Dana Mosier, who operates under intense pressure 24/7/365 and has undeniable command authority. The team also includes Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine, the nerve center of the office whose ability to easily relate to and engage with both superiors and subordinates makes him a master motivator. Kristen Chazal is the team’s most valued resource, a brilliant analyst recruited straight out of college who can piece together the big picture faster than anyone.

Following a general Dick Wolf Productions blueprint, the FBI pilot is full of headline-mining lip service, including lots of paranoia about MS13 gang members and also about the threat of the alt right, embodied by a deliciously reptilian Dallas Roberts in the sort of juicy nemesis part that a cable drama would surely stretch across a full season. There’s nary a hint of any of the controversies surrounding the FBI and its objectivity and whatnot that have been circling the discourse over the past year. It’s all just straightforward follow-the-clues, rinse and repeat, with no real twists or high drama, but a steady pace.


Pilot: When a residential apartment building is destroyed in a bomb explosion, New York FBI agents Maggie Bell and Omar Adom Zidan investigate a possible gang war – until their prime suspects are found dead.

Green Birds: After eight people are poisoned at a New York deli, Bell and Zidan trace the crime to an unlikely culprit.

Prey: The team investigate the murders of 18 young women with assistance from a survivor associated with the deceased.

Crossfire: Bell and Zidan track down a sniper with a rising body count.

Doomsday: FBI Agents Maggie Bell and Omar Adom ‘OA’ Zidan investigate the murder of a Nuclear Power Plant Inspector.

Family Man: After a senator’s daughter is kidnapped and held for ransom, the FBI must find the little girl before their time limit expires; they must dig into the senator’s past for clues who did this to his family.

Cops and Robbers: Criminals masquerading as NYPD officers are robbing armored cars from the same armored car company.

This land is your land: Agent Bell and Zidan lead the search for an abducted former biological weapons chemist.

Compromised: When a U.S. Marshal and a key witness are ambushed and murdered, Maggie and O.A. must find the person who leaked the information that led to their killings. 

The Armorer’s Faith: An illegal arms dealer who has turned informant gets assassinated; OA is the only agent that looks like him and assumes his identity, going undercover to stop the sale of more weapons.

Identity Crisis: When a judge and her daughter are murdered after she sentences a man to life in prison, Maggie and OA search for the killer; Dana has a history with the victim and a vested interest in the case.

A New Dawn: When an alt-right provocateur is killed after giving a speech at a university in New York City, Maggie and OA investigate the school’s more extreme political groups and rely on OA’s sister, Amira, a student, for help. 

Partners in Crime: Maggie and OA are on a mission to find a couple who are behind a spree of violent armed robberies that resulted in the death of an off-duty police officer.

Exposed: After an investigative journalist is murdered, the team uncovers information linking the suspect to past cases. The victim’s death also strikes a chord with Maggie, reminding her of the death of her reporter husband.

Scorched Earth: A serial bomber appears to be targeting Wall Street’s elite. Maggie and OA search for a suspect who seems dead-set on revenge, while Dana deals with Spencer Briggs, a cocky profiler brought in to consult on the case.

Invisible: When the daughter of a wealthy family is kidnapped in an attempt to gain notorious internet fame, Maggie and OA discover the kidnapper’s plans go far beyond abduction in order to never be forgotten.

Apex: Maggie and Dana struggle to find justice for victims by a serial killer; the mayor limits the investigation to cut costs.

Most Wanted: OA and Maggie team up with members of the FBI’s Fugitives Department to track down a person wanted for murder who is then put on America’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.

Conflict of Interest: The team must take down a dangerous drug ring after an American diplomat is killed while being used as a pawn; Jubal and OA try to help friends from their past fight off their inner demons.

What Lies Beneath: When a controversial senior leader from Egypt comes to New York for a heart transplant, OA struggles to balance his personal opinion with his professional duty when he is assigned to the security detail.

Appearance: After a decorated FBI agent is murdered, the team investigates and uncovers the man led a double life. Also, Maggie struggles with what information she should reveal to the agent’s widow, who is also her personal friend.

Closure: A woman with information about the death of Maggie’s husband is abducted leading the team to uncover a criminal operation larger than anyone imagined. Also, Dana puts her career in jeopardy by standing by and allowing Maggie to work on the case, which has such a personal connection to her.

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