Parents' Guide to

The Enemy Within

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Cliched crime thriller has some gore, great actors.

TV NBC Drama 2019
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Thanks mainly to leads Chestnut and Carpenter, both of whom are fascinating to watch, this cardboard-cutout pastiche of action series clichés is better than it would have been. But those cliches sure do pile up in The Enemy Within. Faceless law enforcement office with every single actor in gray suits, check. Big bad villains who do their skulduggery from a distance so they don't require humanizing who employ faceless henchmen with terrible aim, check. An angry cop fueled by the death of his woman, you better believe that's a check.

Carpenter's Erica, aka "the Benedict Arnold of our generation," the pilot tells us, stands out, though. Loving mom/murderous terrorist is a pairing we haven't seen often (though it's clear that her character shares DNA with Keri Russell's Elizabeth Jennings on The Americans), and viewers will want to see what she does next, as well as the backstory behind the events that landed her in prison. She's an interesting character -- marooned in an average series that rarely goes anywhere that'll surprise you.

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