Special Ops Lioness (2023) Show: Female Spies Hunt & Kill

Special Ops Lioness is the latest spy thriller series from North America, which is semi-inspired by the real-life US Military program. The lioness or the female spies dominate in this current tale created by Taylor Sheridan.

In this tale, the secretive lioness team from the USA has increasingly become proactive in hunting and killing the terrorists and their (financial) backers in the hit list created by their administration in the post-9/11 era.

Special Ops Lioness (2023) Series:- details

GenreDrama, Action, Thriller
Original languageEnglish (USA)
Age-restrictionsA (18+)
SeasonOne (1)
EpisodesEight (8)
ReleasedJuly-September 2023
CreatorTaylor Sheridan
CastZoe Saldana, Laysla De Oliveira, Nicole Kidman, Michael Kelly, Morgan Freeman, Dave Annable, Stephanie Nur, Jill Wagner, etc.
About – Special Ops: Lioness (2023).

Special Ops Lioness (2023) Series:- synopsis

Inspired by a US Military program, Special Ops Lioness follows agents Joe (Zoe Saldana), Kaitlyn (Nicole Kidman), and Cruz (Laysla De Oliveira) as they embark on a dangerous undercover mission to stop the next 9/11. In this series, Joe attempts to balance her personal and professional life as the tip of the CIA’s spear in the war on terror; the Lioness Program enlists Cruz to operate undercover alongside Joe among the power brokers of State terrorism.

Special Ops Lioness (2023) Series:- {Spoilers Free} review

We have to admire the prolific work of the creator Taylor Sheridan, as he continues to deliver one hit show after another, viz., 1883, 1923, Yellowstone, Mayor of Kingstown, et al, each with their unique storyline.

This contemporary spy series is semi-inspired by a real Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program. So, in this tale, the Lioness – a team of brave women, namely, CIA Supervisor Kailyn (Nicole Kidman), CIA Team Leader Joe (Zoe Saldaña), CIA rookie Agent Cruz (Laysla De Oliveira) and CIA Soldier Bobby (Jill Wagner) are given a version of mission impossible tasks.

In Special Ops: Lioness, these bold females along with their male colleagues are assigned to infiltrate a (not fully confirmed) terrorist financial network, to go undercover to obtain their vital information and neutralize the threats by carrying out the state-backed assassination of the name(s) mentioned in the hit list approved by the United State government. Here is the quote and a link to the additional information on the Lioness.

While the real-world Lioness missions expanded beyond searching women to running medical clinics, distributing medicine and humanitarian aid, and meeting in Afghan homes, the women of “Special Ops: Lioness” became covert spies, infiltrators and potentially assassins attached to the CIA.

U.S. Military’s Lioness Program | Military.com

This fictional show also honestly talks about the need to keep the known regime in its place and back the rogue elements too, as it keeps the supply chain of oil intact. It seems that the special operations of the Lioness are being carried out in the name of the national interests of the United States (and other powerful nations) as well as their (Western Nations) desire to control the precious source of energy (OIL) coming out of the Middle Eastern nations in Asia. In this show, most of the people (directly or indirectly) involved in the said assassination looked uneasy with the choices that they had made in this regard.

Maybe, because of the complex set of geo-political issues and their perceived aversion to the West, some of these Middle Eastern nations have also become active suppliers of footsoldiers for terrorist organizations.

Set against such geopolitical and economic realities of the contemporary world, this spy show packs nudity and violence, to keep its viewers engaged. Besides, we have read on the IMDb website that its show creators hired real-life military advisors to help in producing a more authentic execution of gun handling, house clearing, positioning, squad-based activity, etc. These armed forces professionals have given credence to this fast-paced action drama. However, somehow it did not make me feel emphatic, as it lacked emotional depth.

On the other hand, it is led by impressive female actors – Nicole Kidman, Zoe Saldana, Laysla De Oliveira, and Stephanie Nur. All the cast members have done a wonderful job in this thrilling show about Lionesses.

I also liked its main title soundtrack. All in all, it is a good spy show to watch, at least once.

Special Ops Lioness (2023) Series:- {Spoilers Alert} episodes, ending & season two explained

Let us peek into the eight episodes of the Special Ops Lioness series

Please note, that we are not sharing the entire story of this spy series, instead, we shall offer you all an outline of its story.

1. Sacrificial Soldiers

Things go awry for CIA officer – Joe (Zoe Saldana) and her team. Cruz (Laysla De Oliveira) tries to escape a dangerous situation. Things go awry for Joe and her team during a mission out in the field (somewhere in Middle-East Asia); Joe is left devastated; upon her return home, Joe’s family life presents its own challenges; Cruz tries to escape a dangerous situation; Joe must choose an agent.

2. The Beating

Joe continues her training with Cruz (her new agent – a Lioness); her (third-degree) methods are questionable; Cruz starts to build a relationship with Aaliyah (Stephanie Nur); Kate (Joe’s teenage daughter – Hannah Love Lanier) gets into a fight during her soccer game; Neil (Jo’s husband – Dave Annable) has to deliver difficult news to a patient.

3. Bruise Like a Fist

Cruz spends time with Aaliyah (the CIA’s target). Joe keeps Kaitlyn (Nicole Kidman) informed. Kyle (Joe’s colleague – Thad Luckinbill) comes to Joe desperate for help. Cruz is invited to spend the weekend with Aaliyah and her inner circle; Joe keeps Kaitlyn (Joe’s CIA boss – Nicole Kidman) informed of Cruz’s progress; Kyle comes to Joe desperate for help with an asset.

4. The Choice of Failure

Cruz is put in a compromising position while out with Aaliyah and friends in the Hamptons, causing Joe and Kaitlyn to doubt her; Kaitlyn and Westfield (Joe’s CIA boss – Michael Kelly) confront Kyle over what happened at the border, complicating things further for Joe and her team.

5. Truth is the Shrewdest Lie

Joe and Neal deal with the aftermath of Kate’s horrific accident; Westfield and Kaitlyn deploy Joe’s team to subdue a terrorist threat in the U.S. town; Cruz’s cover may be in jeopardy.

6. The Lie is the Truth

Joe’s team confront a threat. Kaitlyn and Joe are scolded during a debrief. Aaliyah bonds with Cruz over a spa day; Bobby, Tex (CIA soldier – Jonah Wharton), Two Cups (CIA soldier – James Jordan), Randy (CIA soldier – Austin Hébert) and Tucker (CIA soldier – LaMonica Garrett) confront a threat at the Safe House; Kaitlyn and Joe are scolded for the San Antonio mission (inside the U.S. territory) in a debrief.

7. Wish the Fight Away

While shopping in Manhattan for the wedding, Aaliyah and Cruz get closer; Kate returns home only to say goodbye to her mom Joe once again; Joe guides Cruz through internal struggle and doubt in completing the mission.

8. Gone is the Illusion of Order

The mission may be in jeopardy. Eshan (Aaliyah’s fiancee – Ray Corasani) confronts Cruz. Joe and the team prepare for the worst.

The ending of the Special Ops Lioness is explained below.

Fighting her emotional state of mind, the Lioness agent Cruz manages to kill her intended target – her close friend and her secret lover Aaliyah’s father (and Aaliyah’s fiancee) in the end.

This physically and emotionally draining assassin assignment took a heavy toll on the minds and spirits of Cruz and Joe. Both of them came out emotionally scarred after this dangerous mission.

CIA in charge of the Lioness operation, Joe, Kaitlyn and Westfield also have conflicting views on the said assassination carried out by their team; as they consider the possible fallout of their mission.

Cruz admits that perhaps her assassination mission might give rise to the next generation of terrorists coming out of the Middle East; as Aaliyah’s children might hear about her father’s murder in the future.

They all fear that this assassination might unleash another generational war and terrorist acts – the general feeling of hatred towards the Western nations (especially the USA) among Middle-East people.

The official status of the season two renewal of the Special Ops Lioness is explained below.

So far, there is no official announcement about its season two renewal.

This spy series has become Paramount+’s most-watched global series in the first 24 hours since its two-episode premiere on the streaming service on July 23.

Chris McCarthy, CEO of Paramount Media Networks also disclosed recently, “It scored as the #1 new scripted series of the year on cable and one of the highest performers of all time on Paramount+.”

Therefore, we have no doubt that season two of this hit show by Taylor Sheridan surely has a foreseeable future and the same may be announced by them in the near future.

And we might see the Lioness taking a new mission in the future.

Special Ops Lioness (2023) Series:- poster

Special Ops: Lioness (2023) – poster.

Special Ops Lioness (2023) Series:- ratings

FM’s rating3.95/5
IMDb rating as of the date7.70/10
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date53% Tomatometer & 80% Audience Score
Critics Consensus / Rotten TomatoesZoe Saldaña provides the energy of a Lioness, but these Special Ops are largely derivative and unconvincing.
FM, IMDb & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Special Ops: Lioness (2023).

Special Ops: Lioness (2023) Series:- trailer

Official Trailer – Special Ops: Lioness (2023) | Paramount+ | YouTube.

If you like this show created by Taylor Sheridan, then perhaps, you can also check out the Yellowstone series created by him.

Featured & Other Images – Credit: Special Ops: Lioness (2023) Series | Paramount+.