Friday, September 24, 2021

FBI: International - Pilot

Part three of a three-hour crossover across the various CBS FBI series, the "Pilot" episode of FBI: International introduces us to the FBI's Budapest-based overseas Fly Team who are called into action to deal with threats outside the United States. The episode follows the thread introduced in FBI and continued in FBI: Most Wanted concerning human trafficker Colin Kent (Oded Fehr) who by the start of this episode has fled the United States with a 14 year-old hostage to avoid prosecution. With a rather unnecessary guest-appearance from OA (Zeeko Zaki), the Fly Team work to find Kent, his blackmail material on powerful pedophiles, and the missing girl.

The small team is headed up by Special Agent Scott Forrester (Luke Kleintank) who is not above going around local authorities in whatever country the team tracks its fugitive. Heida Reed, Carter Redwood, and Vinessa Vidotto as the team's newbie round out the rest of the team. The pilot episode certainly takes a pro-American view on law enforcement, completely ignoring local sovereignty  which you would expect to get Forrester or members of his team in hot water at some point. There's nothing here that makes FBI: International look like a must-see, but for fans of the franchise it does offer yet another new flavor to enjoy. The episode concludes with multiple epilogues that won't make much sense for those who didn't watch the other threads to this story introduced on the previous shows.

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