'Citadel' Episode 6 Review: What is the 'Red Cell Mission' and how it connects to Mason's mysterious past
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Over the course of five weeks, we have seen Mason Kane (Richard Madden) and Nadia Sinh (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) taking on several bad guys to save the world from the diabolical organization Manticore. In the penultimate episode of ‘Citadel’, Mason got to know a massive truth about his past life. It was revealed that Mason and Nadia have a daughter together who has now been kidnapped by Dahlia in order to accomplish her mission. Now, we know that Dahlia is looking out for “five nuclear codes” that could make Manticore the most powerful organization in the world. Without any guesses, she needs Mason and Nadia’s help in procuring those codes.
In the season finale of the Amazon Prime Video, Mason, Nadia (Priyanka Chopra Jonas), and Agent Spence are brought to a secret facility in order to get briefed for the mission. The plan is to extract the nuclear codes from the submarine and get them to Dahlia. A stealth jet will take them over the Pacific Ocean where Mason and her man, Davik, will take the jump and procure the codes. Nadia says she will take the jump because it’s all about her daughter. However, viewers get to know why Dahlia chose Mason for the jump and not Nadia.
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Red Cell Mission takes viewers to Mason's past life
The episode keeps on going back and forth in time to give us an idea of how drastically Mason’s life has changed. Eight years ago, ‘Citadel’ wanted Mason wanted to complete a mission called ‘Operation Bright Wall’ and his target was Russia’s Dead Hand submarine. The plan was to hack into the systems of the automated nuclear submarine and put their own backdoor security lock so that Russia couldn’t fire those nuclear missiles. He would have to access the control module and place a device between the main and power backup relays. This device will help him if he ever needs to visit the vessel again.
Why did Mason put a 'secondary protocol' code on the submarine?
However, while doing the mission, he puts a “secondary protocol interrupt” code on the control module so that only he could access the submarine. He did that because he wanted to know about Nadia’s whereabouts and Mason felt that ‘Citadel’ was lying to him.
That’s the reason Dahlia wanted Mason to complete the mission and get those nuclear codes. The flashback sequences gave viewers a chance to know about the protagonist’s past life and how he always wanted to have a happy life with Nadia. So much so that he was ready to put his job on the line for her. But one thing that is shocking is that the person who was leading the operation didn’t do anything drastic to get the secondary code out of him. Mason asks for Nadia’s whereabouts and when he feels that the leader of the group is lying, he just walks away. This looks utterly impossible and how can someone let go away a person who has access to a nuclear submarine? Baffling! Will Mason and Nadia be able to get the codes and save their daughter? Well, we’ll get to know about it in no time.
'Citadel' is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.