Even if the reviews are not positive about the writing, they are always positive about her performance. It happens all the time with her. You cannot say that she is not great, because you would lie. 😀
While the Earth/Anna scenes were a highlight of “IFF,” they’re more pedestrian here. Last week, Anna got to be more than just the conscience of Secretary-General Sorrento-Gillis (understandably usually rendered as “S-G Esteban”). Here, she’s pretty much just the angel on his shoulder to Errinwright’s devil. So the war’s escalating, and Earth endures a nuclear strike with casualties in the millions, while Anna sees her influence with Esteban insufficient to keep him from making a disastrous mistake, and Errinwright smugs. “Table setting” is a term often used as a pejorative when discussing television episodes, but that’s what’s happening in this plot-line.
Last week it was done deftly and well, this week didn’t nail the landing quite so well. I suppose it was good character work for Mitchell’s Anna, but didn’t really tell us much that we didn’t know and weren’t able to guess before.