‘Citadel’ review: Secrets, lies and banality
For a series whose plot elements include remembering and forced forgetting, Citadel barely attempts to create recall value.
The Prime Video show has been releasing one episode each week since April 29. The sixth and final episode that came out on Thursday clears up some of the secrets teased in the beginning while pointing to the next of several spin-offs. Citadel: Diana, set in Italy, precedes a chapter revolving around Indian Citadelians. Directed by Raj & DK (The Family Man, Farzi), the Indian branch stars Varun Dhawan, Samantha and Sikander Kher.
The existing Indian connection to Citadel, is, of course, Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Sporting a low voice bordering on a purr and deploying her athletic side, Chopra Jonas thrives in a series that often feels like a better-produced, less schmaltzy version of the Bollywood fare she swapped for Hollywood.
The show has been created by Josh Applebaum, Bryan Oh and David Weil and directed by Newton Thomas Sigel (he shares directing credits on one of the episodes). The main executive producers are the Russo brothers, whose reputation rests on zippy action sequences rather than emotional heft.
Citadel revolves around competing independent spy agencies. The one named Citadel claims to be maintaining world peace, like the fictitious Impossible Missions Force from the Mission: Impossible movies.
The other, Manticore, represents various…