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It wasn't supposed to be about a super-smart person, it was supposed to be about a person who had access to more data than anyone else, without the need of a computer.
That said, I loved the show. Seems like most of the ones I like get canceled these days...
I would like to know why it was canceled. Was it ratings? If so, was it mid-season ratings...when they only play re-runs? Pretty stupid reason to cancel a show, but it's happened before...
1) Bad location management: I don't have any issue with filming in Vancouver, but every scene from around the world being quintessential Vancouver is pretty lame. I'm only surprised that Grouse Mountain wasn't in the first episode "disguised" as Mt. Fuji.
2) Bad casting: Didn't really think about this one, but somebody else pointed out the overused pretty girl that kicks butt.
3) Bad acting: Marg. Oh Marg! I really liked you in CSI. Did you forget how to act or did you just phone this one in? I haven't seen you in anything but CSI, and now I'm not sure I want to. The rest of the ensemble was not quite as good as a community theater.
4) Bad writing: Such great potential to write a smart show. I guess you are going for the tween crowd.
5) Bad direction: The actors couldn't all be that bad by themselves. The action scenes were unbelievable and poorly done.
I wish CBS would pull this show, then do it right and bring it back.
The premise has great potential: take army man, add The Internet and a load of acronyms (aka spy stuff) and see what happens. In the wake of the recent internal espionage scandals, it seems like a bold move with great promise.
Yet just as the shows starts off, it falls flat. Add pretty girl (as bodyguard) for forced sexual tension/frustration, cheap cockiness, loads and loads of senseless technobabble (really, in the age of ubiquitous internet access and technological literacy, Hollywood still tries to get away with this? insult!) and serve it cold.
As a sample, check this out: the chip, as described, should give Holloway's character instant access to information. Yet it also gains instant connectivity as well: when he's next to a phone, no matter what phone, the innocent little device suddenly turns on and gets connected to him. Is he a functional GSM antenna that somehow gives a data connection even to phones that don't normally have a data connection? Seems like that.
To make the show 'better', every plot serves as a bit of pro-NSA propaganda that doesn't even bother trying to justify itself: they have the right to spy on everyone on a hunch, borders and international relations don't matter at all - as a super secret government spy agency they can do as they please all over the world. It goes without saying that being good guys, they don't need to bother with details or justification.
In the end, it comes off as lacking any 'intelligent' plot whatsoever, the dialogue is dry and bland with one liners flying around aimlessly.
The acting is simply horrible, snap zoom is way to much and the cheesy lines are nothing but dead weights dragging this show into deeper water. Cop shows are cop shows with their own twist of action and technology. Pick and choose which one you prefer, but how this show made it to such a prime spot is beyond me.
Look, save the batteries in you remote and just stay away from this show.
The premise is a stretch - kind of. BUT this is also what makes it so interesting. It *could* happen, and we don't know how far off that reality truly is. However, this shows keeps the humanity and humor that makes it all worthwhile.
The story lines might be a bit predictable, but it is fun to watch and I'm always waiting for the relationship to blossom between hero and heroine. (I love a good strong female lead.) It is a great show that I will really miss if they cancel/don't renew. I always looked forward to it every week.
There is enough story and pace to hook the audience in and there is a good amount of technology and graphics to credit the Sci-Fi part of the storyline.
I feel that comparing a TV series with another is never going to be productive, each show has its own appeal. Yes, there are few clichés but then again which TV series or movie doesn't have clichés these days.
The episodes so far were brilliant in its story, the action, technology, a joke here and there. Best part was it had it all in equal amounts. There is no overdoing of anything so far. Some shows go more deep into Sci-Fi and its concepts or have meaningless action sequences and explosions. Intelligence, thankfully has not gone into that loop, at least for now!
The Sci-Fi concept is quite intelligent too. The rendering of crime scenes is just brilliant and the manner in which the hero can manipulate technology is simple astonishing. Its like being in a video game, actually reminds me of the new splinter cell and Batman games. Its fun watching him do his magic. Team Intelligence have thought this well and executed it quite brilliantly.
Josh Holloway is Brilliant as ever! He gets to be this super cool Human version of Jarvis always plugged in, except he can fight too!! He is charming as ever, funny and deadly. Meghan Ory and rest of cast are brilliant too lending good support to Josh's character!
Its fun, entertaining and also got a good plot. Its got a lot of potential this show, and it would only get better with each episode I hope. I am sold and I would suggest giving it a try, it just might surprise you!!
I was hoping to enjoy this show, but now, I'll not watch it any longer.
my next question however is: "when will they find the unusually large mass in his brain next to that constantly radiating chip?"
i liked sawyer in lost, because he fitted into that environment and his constant deceptions brought dynamic into the series. but these characteristics contradict the logic based, inhuman personality, that should be expected from someone who is basically a supercomputer. that is just bad writhing right there. you can't even route for the guy, because everything he knows, comes from a chip in his head and he is so full of him self at times, that you just want to pull out a powerful electromagnet and wipe it all.
do not waste your time is, what I want to say.
Other then the still images from his mind (which were weak at best), there was not one thing that suggest this person has superior intelligence or ability.
Suggestion: When making a show named or about intelligence, please write some of the dialog above an average IQ. Not all of the dialog, but again "SOME" should come across as "smart".
I'm an average guy, but I saw through this immediately.
I will watch one more episode...but this show has not proved it is for people with average intelligence so far.
1. They implanted a chip in the brain of a ex-special ops soldier that gives him access to all information and he can use cloud data to somehow visualize crime scenes. This makes him irreplaceable as an intelligence asset, yet he is sent into dangerous situations constantly with only one other agent (also couldn't a computer do all this with that chip). In Captain Phillips, we sent 2 Navy Destroyers, an Aircraft Carrier, and Navy Seals to rescue one person from four poor, uneducated Somali pirates, surely we can find a couple more soldiers to accompany this expensive asset into battle.
2. Of course the agent assigned to protect him (an ex-special ops soldier) is a young, hot, female agent (and surprise, the sexual tension ensues).
3. The ridiculous sexual banter between these two during gun fights, bomb blasts, etc. is excruciating to watch.
4. There is more discourse between the different government agencies than between the good guys and the bad guys.
5. All the employees in these special government operations seem to lack the necessary intelligence to even remotely be believable, no one seems to ever follow orders, no one is ever punished for not following orders, and Marge Helgenberger is the tortured female head of a cyber crimes division that can never seem to get any respect from anyone else, all the while she plots to undermine her fellow superiors.
And on and on. This show would have been better as a children's cartoon. But, as with most American television shows nowadays, it starts with an interesting concept, then quickly spirals to the dumbed-down, unimaginative, crap that inhabits the other 500 or so channels available.
This is a bold attempt at bringing back the kind of series which used to be a consistent ratings winner. This show, with stereotypical casting and solid (but unoriginal) writing touches all the bases adequately showing promise without reaching its full potential in its debut. It will get better via the ground laid by its premiere episode. The first episode is a field-goal. Touchdowns will follow.
Where it may grow tiresome is in the contrived relationship between hero Gabriel and his female partner which appears to be heading in the formulaic direction of so many other shows i.e. sexual tension interspersed with moments of grudging professional admiration and wisecracking camaraderie. Shows feature it because audiences still like it even though a lot of us have seen it so often.
High-minded viewers won't see the human insight of 'Game of Thrones', exploration of class consciousness in 'Downton Abbey' or sophisticated examination of power dynamics of 'the Borgias'. What they will get is a fun show they can watch with their kids.
Called a hero, yet deemed reckless and sometimes insubordinate by his boss, he is assigned a capable and attractive female partner to work as his bodyguard--since he's one of a kind the U.S. Cyber Command doesn't want anything happening to him because Gabriel has some pretty amazing abilities. He can look at people, do a facial recognition scan, and then retrieve all available data about that person by accessing computer databases. Video data appears like a holographic projection that he can walk through (what he calls cyber-rendering). Exactly how that works isn't fully explained either, but the concept and presentation are presented well. The good side of that is that the show doesn't wear you down with technical detail, while presenting an innovative presentation of using it.
Abiding by the time-tested formula for action partners--Gabriel and his new partner have their share of bantering, budding sexual tension, and bonding through crisis management. However, even though that aspect of the plot may seem predictable, the acting is solid, and the characters interesting and believable.
This is an action show, so there is a fair amount of fighting and shooting, however its not over- the-top, and isn't too graphic. The Pilot presents the characters, provides an initial storyline, and although slightly confusing at first, eventually explains the capabilities that we see Gabriel using.
All in all, I thought it was a pretty good show worth watching again. The overall theme is original, but the biggest challenge for the writers will be to keep the show from becoming a stereotype of action shows. Given the great cast and judging by the Pilot, I think something good is being delivered to television audiences that will keep people watching.
The uber-pedestrian understanding of technology is somewhat embarrassing, downright childish. Its full of "i just want to sound cool" moments that end up sounding silly, especially to anyone who understands the first thing about computers. When i saw the commercial for this i thought it might be cool because it used the same point cloud crime scene playback i've seen before in shows like continuum, but after seeing it in action its not quite as eloquently done, supposedly "rendering" even the areas behind peoples heads or places out of camera shot. There's a lot of dumbed down smart talk, with at one point the writers mistaking what exactly a zero day exploit was, and unintentionally making them sound like just horrible programmers, or talking about the brain metabolizing a piece of technology, its one of those "write what you know" scenarios and they obviously didn't pick writers who knew the first thing about what they were writing about. Also their perception of government and law enforcement is very unrealistic and very CSI-esque, with no creativity or character depth beyond drawn out clichés. The director chick, whatever her name is, is a horrible actress, and possibly the worst part of the show. The VFX are actually alright, i like the still frame effect especially with explosions, its pretty cool.
Another thing they did right: mentioning MKULTRA. Another thing they did wrong: apparently condoning MKULTRA, or at least similar operations.
As far as the premise of this show its already been done before, only better, funnier, and with smarter writing in Chuck, which basically has everything but the renders and wifi plus ninja skills and also continuum, which has all the same tech plus some cool bulletproof invisibility cloaks, time travel and and emp guns. Basically, don't watch this show, watch chuck or continuum.
But hey, maybe i'm jumping the gun a bit posting this after the first few episodes. The show is still young. I'll give it a chance to prove me wrong.