Intelligence Episode 1

synopsis (mostly) From IMDb

INTELLIGENCE is a dramatic thriller starring Josh Holloway (LOST) as a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel is the first human ever to be connected directly into the global information grid and have complete access to Internet, WiFi, telephone and satellite data. He can hack into any data center and access key intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. Leading the elite government cyber-security agency created to support him is Director Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenburger; CSI), a straightforward and efficient boss who oversees the unit’s missions. Strand assigns Riley Neal(Meghan Ory; Once Upon A Time, guest appearances on Psych and Supernatural), a Secret Service agent, to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behavior and disregard for protocol. Also on the team is Chris Jameson, a resourceful federal investigator. The brains behind the design of the chip is Dr. Shenendoah Cassidy (John Billingsly; Nikita, True Blood), whose son, Nelson, is jealous of Gabriel’s prominent place in his father’s life. As the first supercomputer with a beating heart, Gabriel is the most valuable piece of technology the country has ever created and is the U.S.’s secret weapon.

The premise:

In episode one Gabriel and the government are searching for his wife, Amelia, who turns out to be a serious villain. Gabriel didn’t know and doesn’t understand why or how. Which reminds me of the first ep of Almost Human where Kennex is sabotaged by his love but he can’t remember it right.

The technology:

Is cool, but it’s not set in the future, so we’re operating under the premise that this man has a chip smaller than a micro-LTE sim card in his head that makes him able to sift through more info than a baseball team of NSA agents and build scale models of …anything… in seconds. Umm..

The characters:

Somehow Gabriel having access to what would be considered by reasonable people to be far too much useless information: He manages not to be Sherlockian. He makes mistakes, Riley puts him in his place. That’s a plus. 

On the negative: Riley gets the standard “I had a rough childhood” story. She also takes a bullet for Gabriel, which she’s supposed to do. But then Gabriel has to save her… which of course is against the idea of having a body guard.

Other things:

Gabriel’s Dr.Frankenstein who put a chip in his head is “like a father to him.” He also does have real family which sets him apart from the usual “Angry Loner” persona (see also: Kennex, Barbie, Ichabod pulled from his timeline). blah blah. 

Of course if you make something that does what that chip does everyone will be trying to steal and replicate it. Will definitely make for an interesting ride. 

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