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I'm really afraid that the last episode of The Agency was broadcast tonight. I will miss this show. Yes, the storylines were good and contained just enough suspense and humor, but the real strength of this show was the character development. As I'm a veteran government bureaucrat, it was such a treat to watch The Agency. Unlike in so many Hollywood action shows, the characters here were not superhuman. You could easily picture Jackson Haisley at a Sat AM kids soccer match, Lex & Stiles watching a Skins game at the sports bar, Terri & Joshua doing some lunchtime shopping at Tyson's Corners or Georgetown, or Carl at Kennedy Center. Even the satanic Robert Quinn was just a guy trying to do the best job he could for his country. And who wouldn't want to have a boss like ex-Senator Gage. That collection of characters and the actors who portrayed them would have fit well into scores of offices around the beltway. Stiles was borderline at first, but even he became real. Not supermodels, not superbeings. Just normal folks. They and the show will be missed. Please smarten up, CBS!
I rarely watch network TV for anything more than an occasional graze, but
since Daniel Benzali joined the cast, the Agency is my one unbreakable
weekly appointment with a network show. The three-way relationship between
Bridges, Carroll, and he has just the right edge. And, Carroll works so
much better with both of them than he did with the holier-than-thou Pierce
(insipidly played by Ronny Cox, a normally fine actor in the wrong role).
In fact the series has improved markedly with every addition AND DELETION.
The feckless Gil Bellows was the only agent who seemed not to belong, and he
left in a fitting and dynamic demise. Speight gets better and better, and
works well with Clennon and Turco.
But, what really rocks me is the even-handedness of the scripts, dealing head-on with terrorist issues more objectively and evenhandedly than our media dare to, and not a false note has been struck all year since this show came to be. Any show boasting Wolfgang Peterson and Shaun Cassidy as co-producers can be expected to be unusual, and the Agency succeeds in being anything BUT run-of-the-mill. Long may it run!
A TV show doesn't necessarily have to have all-out action in order to
attract me. As long as the events are at least capable of keeping my
attention, then I'm there. THE AGENCY is one such show. So far, not a single
car chase, but all the stories have been well-written suspense/thrillers.
It's like a small screen CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, with a great ensemble
cast: Gill Bellows, Gloria Reuben, Paige Turco, David Clennon, Rocky
Carroll, Daniel Benzali, and the great Will Patton. I was disappointed to
learn Ronny Cox's character was being written out early on, but Beau Bridges
has proved to be a suitable replacement. I like how the show often involves
three different aspects of the agency: the field work (handled by Bellows
and Reuben), the intelligence gathering (done by Patton and Carroll), and
the creation of everything from fake passports to disguises (provided by
Turco and Clennon). In fact, the jobs carried out by the graphics department
is my personal favorite of the three. I love watching how Turco and team
create virtually anything that's needed for an operation, be it a fake
document to replace a real one, a bomb disguised as a flower pot, or an
entire cover office complete with fake college degrees and kid drawings on
I think the show has taken on a little bit more reality in the post-September 11 world. Whereas before it would probably be written off as just another show, people can now view it as a glimpse into the world of the people who spend every day of their lives helping to protect our country. The episodes after 9/11 have done a great job of referencing current events without hitting us over the head, and I hope this show is able to stick around for awhile, because it's really well-done, and I think it has a lot of potential (same as THE FUGITIVE, but look what CBS did to that). Hopefully, the network won't repeat that mistake with THE AGENCY.
We started to watch the show to get a David Clennon fix. The first few episodes didn't grab us, but we've started watching again, having become rabid CSI fans. Wow! "The Agency" just gets better and better. Daniel Benzali adds an incredible edge to the show and the cast dynamic. We can't wait to see how the relationship between him and the new director (Beau Bridges) unfolds. I also agree with another poster that one of the best parts of the show is what Terri, Joshua and company do in the graphics department: I'd like some of that software! The plots, subplots, internal politics, interesting characters and Bondsian gadgets make for one of the best hours on TV.
After seeing episodes on Al Qaeda and Anthrax, I am convinced that The
Agency is true "must-see" TV. After Sept 11th, The Agency's plots became
more real than they had expected, and the topics more surreal. Viewers may
get the same enjoyment out of the CIA's intelligence-gathering techniques
that they do from "CSI"'s evidence-gathering techniques. The Agency is very
similar to it's lead-in, and it has better acting (something CSI isn't
Will Patton is the real star, I love everything he's done and he doesn't disappoint here. Gil Bellows has been equally fantastic as the new agent following in his brother's footsteps. Paige Turco and David Clennon are fun to watch together, and I like the stuff they do (photograph and passport editing) more than the field agent's stuff. Glorea Roth and Rocky Carroll are good but not great, and Ronny Cox is variable. Overall, it's a very enjoyable show that, when it works (about 80% of the time), is some of the best TV out there.
I think that The Agency is a wonderful show because it is not fake. Many of the shows out there today have wonderful acting but they don't seem real, they don't seem to hit home with some people. The Agency takes real things that have happened and turned them into Storylines and Scripts. Like the Anthrax and the smallpox episodes. Things that really happened. Even though the show is just a show and none of it is really real and we shouldn't depend on it for the answers but sometimes it gives us a sense of comfort because it shows us what the CIA does to handle national problems. I hope that this show stays on the air for a long time, as long as ER and NYPD Blue. I hope also that more people will start to watch the Agency to keep it on the air because it is a truly wonderful show.
I have recently caught this show on Saturdays (Yes, I have no life) and I
found it very amusing and interesting. I mean, in "French Kiss" four men
MBE pull guns on each other thinking they are all terrorists only to find
work for the CIA, FBI, INS and Secret Service respectively--that's a
especially since they really don't ever know what the other is doing.
find it remarkably amusing because, well, when you know enough about the
background of a show like this or the West Wing, it's interesting to see the little coincidences and foibles in the show. This show is funny, even at times when I think it should be dead serious I find it humorous. BTW, I noticed that Jennifer Brandes and Chris Hepler have written a couple of episodes this season--both of which I found to be very cool. Jennifer and Chris wrote a book that I thoroughly enjoyed because while it was factually accurate and intriguing, it was also written with a lot of humor and wit to it (except where certain parts were obviously injected by the editors for apparently no reason). Good work guys.
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