name a more iconic duo, i’ll wait
ritter checks his watch almost immediately during ryan’s briefing. powerful DDO energy.
his first line, dismissively delivered to a bewildered and grieving POTUS: “Nothing exotic, sir. Straight piracy and murder. It’s not the first time.”

the stones on this guy.
and it backfired immediately. fucking ritter.
“I called it the way I see it, that’s my job.”

spirit animal shit.
oh my god president not-reagan and cutter talking about “do drug dealers think they can do this and there’s no response” is eerily similar to the frustration I hear about ransomware these days
Joaquim de Almeida - who is always delivering ownage whenever he shows up - in maybe his highest percentage role of ownage as Cortez: the ex-DGI advisor to a Cali godfather. Fuck yes.
I just want a 6-episode prestige series about these dudes running ops against each other when they were both up-and-coming ops officers
oh the DCI does show up. good for him
“fuck *you*, bro”
every time ritter says “boy scout”
“Nothing. He needs to know nothing. He’s gonna know nothing.”
the first commandment: thou shalt cover thine ass.

a great man’s greatest moment. I shall watch it thrice.
“What I’m looking for here is a simple yes or no.”
look how genuinely happy it makes him to conduct illegal covert action.

Czerny in god mode with this performance.
hate when this happens at work
that big computer that CIA has? with all the cassettes and the robot arm that selects them?

that’s a cyberweapon.
phil coulson shows up, enjoying army life before joining SHIELD
willem dafoe as john clark in a cable knit sweater.
the unbreakable bond: an operations officer and his pager
he said the thing
“You were thinking about impressing the President of the United States, and you shouldn’t do that.”
“How’s Ritter behaving?”

“Ritter? Oh, Ritter’s Ritter. He’s leaving me alone.”

“Are you sure? Watch him like a hawk.”
shitty OPSEC in this movie:

Moira telling a foreign national that her boss, the director of the FBI, is leaving the country

Clark telling Ryan about Lindo Coffee, when he knows his own troops will likely target Lindo down the line
the ambush of the FBI director’s motorcade has big “use the Zetas to kill the Saudi ambo at Cafe Milano” vibes
always feel like this guy steals every second he is on screen
Cutter (and POTUS) missed a huge opportunity to try and retroactively legitimize Reciprocity after the cartel kills the FBI director. Just pretend to spin it up post-assassination and get even more money. Come on guys, abuse Title 50 *more efficiently*. Jeez.
“What he means is the gloves come off.”
wild SIGINT intercepts have appeared!
love the DDI and his wife just walking into an MPD Homicide search of a victim’s apartment like “excuse us”
“Variable, this is Easy Rhino.”
he did the thing
Stuff to say while you fix your tie after you just ordered a illegal airstrike that killed non-combatants: “Take the gloves off, hurt them — that’s what you said!”
Ritter demonstrating a flaw of planning ops by yourself: thinking an air strike explosion would look like a car bomb, when it clearly won’t to experts.
computer network exploitation
patriot games
yeah yeah I play tennis
forgot about Ryan smoking a cigar in the Lindo coffee office
good night.

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