Ransom: 1×13 – Bulletproof

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Eric must work with a past adversary to stop a hacker from activating explosions worldwide unless the NSA surrenders access to their confidential files.

Cliffhanger Alert

So the whole season has been building towards the reveal of why Maxine has been keeping in touch with her mother’s killer.  Well, it turns out it is not for nefarious reasons as hinted at in previous episodes: rather, she’s just a little girl stuck in an adult’s body grasping at straws trying to find out more about the mother she barely knew.

Damien Delani, Eric’s nemesis and Maxine’s penpal, is of course central to this episode.  He appears to have been reformed and willing to help the team find his former pupil the super hacker but of course us viewers know it’s the season finale and aren’t fooled by his act of innocence.

Eric’s friend and FBI agent,  Freddie Woods, makes a welcome reappearance only to lose his life when the perp hacks into the FBI’s elevators and causes him to plummet to his death.

Crime shows have been quick to take on the technology taking over the world theme and it’s quite frightening when you think about how crippling it would be if (if being the key word here) all the systems could be hacked simultaneously to exact mass destruction on the world.

By the time we get to the latter half of the episode, the light-hearted feel of the whole of the previous clutch of episodes is long gone and things get dark, real dark, reminiscent of the short-lived show The Inside.

Eric starts spinning out of control, reliving the shooting of Maxine’s mother and it turns out that he and Maxine’s lives are deeply entwined as her mother used to be his girlfriend and he’s been looking out for Maxine her whole life.  It takes his team to talk him down from shooting the perp ….. turns out she never had the ability to shut down the whole world and she was just a pawn in Delani’s game.

Disappointingly given that the show has been cancelled, the series ends on a cliffhanger with Luke’s daughter getting kidnapped.  Now we will never see if Delani gets his comeuppance.

I am sad to see this show go, not so much for the characters but more for the strong procedural element that never failed to keep my interest.  The thirteen episodes are worth watching if you have time over the long hiatus.

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