The Cicada Protocol
S1 episode 1 Aired on October 15, 2019

Bentley Fights His Way Out

In 1973, William Randolph Bentley, a CIA Officer imprisoned by the Soviet Union, is being used as a test subject for his captors, including Doctor Meisner and a mysterious Redheaded woman. He is being put under severe mind-control tests, and, upon hearing an ominous rendition of “Frere Jacques” by the Redhead, he unwittingly executes three people in a white-tiled room as he hallucinates that the killings were part of his past in the Vietnam War. Just when Meisner and the Redhead start to think that their tests have succeeded, Bentley makes his move – he stabs Meisner in the next with his own reading glasses and begins to fight his way out of the facility. Fighting the impact of the drug cocktail that he’s been given, Bentley makes his way past Russian soldiers and eventually the Redhead before making a daring leap off the roof and running off into the East Berlin night…

Tara Is Pulled Back In

In the present day CIA, Ellen Becker receives a message from a North Korean General named Kwon, who wants to speak to a disgraced former investigative journalist named Tara Coleman in London. Moving quickly, Becker guides London-based agent Matt Edwards as he prepares to engage Tara, with Becker’s superior Dan Levine overseeing. Under the guise of being a rider, Edwards gets in the taxi that Tara is now driving and soon reveals his true motive – Edwards needs Tara to speak with Kwon about a missing missile from the former Soviet Union, called the Stiletto Six, the same missile that cost Tara her career as a journalist when she was the only one who believed in its existence. When Tara goes to meet with General Kwon in a hotel, Kwon sniffs out the audio surveillance she’s under, and reveals to Tara that she can’t trust the CIA, because the former program Treadstone is now being restarted. With Becker and Levine scrambling to troubleshoot after losing audio, Kwon tells Tara that North Korea has raised the funds to purchase the Stiletto Six launch codes from a Russian man named Yuri Leniov. Kwon appears to know that his days are limited as a North Korean traitor, and he tells Tara to find his daughter in Paris and to take her to the Ecuadorian Embassy – only then will Kwon’s friend at the Embassy give Tara the information she needs to intercept the launch codes…

Soyun Wakes Up

In Pyongyang, North Korea, a piano teacher named Soyun picks up her son, Jin Woo, from school. Jin Woo is nervous about something, and he finally reveals that someone had planted an American video game device in his locker at school, which could endanger Jin Woo and his parents if found. Just as Soyun takes the GameBoy, her husband Dae opens the door and tells her that they need to prepare a dinner, as they have high-ranking guests. Dae works in the North Korean Nuclear Missile Program, and he has just found out that he may be in line for a promotion amidst big developments for the program. While preparing dinner, Soyun examines the device she took from Jin Woo, which suddenly starts playing “Frere Jacques” as she finds a small syringe and a photograph hidden inside. Something unknown washes over Soyun’s face… 

Later, Soyun is back to her piano lessons, but something is different about her. As her student plays, Soyun leaves the apartment and crosses to a neighboring building on a cable many stories up. In the neighboring apartment, we finally see Soyun’s target… General Kwon! Kwon seems to know that Soyun is there to kill him and Soyun suddenly realizes that she can speak English. Suddenly, Kwon lunges at Soyun, and after a brutal fistfight, Soyun strangles Kwon to death.

Doug Has A Wild Night 

In a remote oil town in Alaska, Doug McKenna, his friend Mike, and their coworkers are unexpectedly fired after their oil company sold the rig to Russia. Doug and the rest of the laid-off American workers go to town to drink away their sorrows, but they are angry to see that their new Russian replacements are there as well. Doug has a seemingly innocuous conversation with a woman named Carol at the bar just before an aggressive Russian assaults Doug. Doug starts taking a beating before he suddenly catches an incoming punch in mid-air, then unleashing a furious counterattack on the Russian aggressors, shocking both himself and everyone else in the bar with his physical capabilities. After the fight, Carol convinces Doug to go back to her office to nurse his wounds, where Doug tells Carol how he hasn’t been feeling like himself. Just then, Carol begins to hum the tune “Frere Jacques,” and something happens to Doug. Doug drifts off into unconsciousness as we wonder what in the world Carol has planned.

The next morning, Doug wakes up in the middle of the icy tundra away from town, a bag of drugs in the snow next to him, a crumpled mugshot of an unknown woman folded in his bloody hands… 

Petra Makes A Hard Sacrifice

At a remote farmhouse in Russia, an old, stern woman named Petra scolds her husband Oleg for spending their money on a hearing aid for himself. Oleg is unconcerned and is over the moon about his recovered hearing ability. Oleg’s elation turns to curiosity, though, when he starts to hear an odd buzzing sound through his hearing aid. Petra uses this as an opportunity to snatch the hearing aid from him and tuck it in her bra. Later that night while Petra sleeps, Oleg sneaks the hearing aid back and begins to follow the buzzing sound to an unknown trapdoor in their barn. The trapdoor leads to a dark tunnel below ground, when he finds a locked door next to an old electric circuitry box which has been causing the buzzing. Just then, Oleg turns around to see Petra holding a scythe, and, before Oleg can react, Petra suddenly swings the scythe into his heart. As Oleg dies, Petra looks to what’s beyond the door, revealing the long-lost Stiletto Six that she has been guarding on this remote Russian farmhouse. We also tilt down to reveal that Petra has a pinky finger that has been cut in half and scarred…

Flashing back to 1973, we see the injured pinky finger on the previously unnamed Redhead’s finger from her fight with Bentley, finally revealing the identity of this mysterious Redhead woman. As past and present storylines are connected, Bentley evades Petra and her men and races through the streets of East Berlin to reunite with the CIA.