The Recruit is a Netflix original spy-adventure series created by Alexi Hawley.
The series follows Owen Hendricks (Noah Centineo), a CIA lawyer who becomes involved in massive international conflicts with dangerous parties after an asset tries to expose her relationship with the agency.
The Recruit (Season 1) Recap
The first season of Recruit begins with Owen Hendricks, a recent law school graduate who is hired by the CIA’s General Counsel division in Langley, Virginia. When he arrives at work, he does what any other person would do: he tries to figure out how the place works.
However, it does not appear to be an easy ride for him because everyone appears to be trying to keep him from becoming comfortable in his new work environment.
As a new recruit, his senior coworkers assign him the laborious task of going through several files containing letters from people threatening to expose sensitive details from the agency intel.
While he believes it is a clear case of extortion, the job requires him to go through each individual letter and determine whether the claim is valid or not.
The Recruit (2022) Review
The Recruit attempts to provide a new perspective on CIA operations by portraying the officers as more than just pure angels while also depicting the internal politics that occur within their organization.
These individuals attempt to sabotage the work of others who they are ideally supposed to accompany based on their personal interests and career advancement prospects.
While one of the agents is having a panic attack, he observes how people who leave due to constant anxiety are also viewed as targets to blame later. Such depictions are both hilarious and intense.
Owen, a ‘new fish in the pond,’ attempts to navigate his early days in the CIA using the ‘fake it till you make it’ strategy. He exudes a false sense of bravado that appears to be borrowed from an image of how he imagines people from such covert government agencies speak.
Unfortunately, Noah Centineo, as an actor, appears to be serving a parody of his character when attempting to perform this act of faking.
It reminded me of a guy who filmed someone acting inappropriately in his office, mistaking it for the sets of Succession! Noah’s personality is infinitely likable, but his character as a CIA agent is unbelievable.
The season that follows Owen’s tumultuous journey is straightforward. Still, the element of mystery is handled in a haphazard manner, which causes you to lose interest in the story early on.
The Recruit (Season 1) Ending Explained
Does Max Manage to Save Herself in the End?
Max obtains a phone and calls Gilbane to inform him of their location. In the meantime, he calls one of his colleagues and informs him that he will send some images containing information about Russian intelligence at the highest level. These are photographs of a diary that he discovered in Max’s bank safety deposit box.
He decides to use them to absolve himself and his partner of any responsibility. This associate plants it so that neither of them is implicated. Upon arriving at Gilbane’s residence, she takes him and Max hostage. Max reveals to Gilbane that Xander’s murder was caused by his affair with Kirril’s wife.
During their phone calls with the Virginia office, Owen discovers that Marta is actually Nichka, a Russian spy. Gilbane soon decides to use Max to meet with a Russian named Lev. They decide to bribe him to do their work, but the plan is thwarted by a shootout between Nichka and her people.
Owen decides to go in and rescue Max, killing a Russian agent in the process. They both successfully escape this hellhole. However, he has killed someone, which has taken a heavy toll on him. He also decides that he has had enough of the CIA’s mess and decides to leave the agency.