I was thinking just yesterday that they rushed the first episode. Given what else was going on, they should have held off on that reveal.
Ordinarily I rail against ridiculous coincidences in stories like this, but at this point I’m willing to give them a little time to justify it. I.e. it could be that Spader became aware of her while tracking down her agent husband, and then became obsessed.
I was very irritated by how quickly Dying Terrorist found her, and how much he knew, during the “stab the husband” build up. Then it was revealed that Spader had told him everything up-front, which took all the sting out of that.
Which begs the question: if that was all the plan, why stage the roadblock? That was stupid on a lot of levels, in hindsight. From Dying Terrorist’s point of view, grabbing the little girl from the unprepared dance class would have been ridiculously easy. Instead, he lets Spader talk him into grabbing the girl in a high-risk firefight. It was cool from an action point of view but incredibly stupid from a plot point. Sure, it gives Spader credibility with the FBI, but it’s much harder, gets his people killed, and could easily have killed the woman Spader was obsessed with, as we saw.
On the positive side, while it’s very stupid in hindsight, the show succeeded in getting it past me while I was watching. That’s all I ask. It’s the times something is so stupid I notice while I’m watching that I hate.