As Season 1 comes to an end (an overview of the show can be found here), the story of John O’Neill is intriguing. The CIA and FBI, had they been capable of working together, quite possibly could’ve stopped 9/11 in its tracks…but politics and bureaucracy got in the way.
The show does a good job mixing real-world footage with show footage, allowing the realism and historical fiction to play out.
But becaue of that, it is infuriating to watch as Richard Clarke, John O’Neill (Jeff Daniels), and Ali Soufan (Tahar Rahim) with the FBI, and Martin Schmidt (Peter Sarsgaard) and George Tenet (Alec Baldwin) with the CIA, as well as White House officials, particularly Condoleezza Rice, just can’t work together. The lack of passing information between departments, because everyone needs to be the one in power, led to one of the worst disasters in American history…and if this still continues these days (and you have to assume it does), what other horrors are we missing with the info in our pockets?
Your government failed you. Those entrusted with protecting you, failed you. We tried hard, but that doesn’t matter, because we failed.
9/11 will haunt the memories of many (and no one will forget their stories of the day), and this can only make people hate Condoleezza and the likes even more, for impeding the prevention of this from happening.
Recently dubbed the best Hulu original, this show reached its crescendo in the first nine episodes, and the finale was less riveting but great nonetheless, this show gets an overall 9 out of 10.
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