Intelligence Season 1

logoMain Cast: Josh Holloway, Meghan Ory, John Billingsley, P.J. Byrne, Michael Rady, Marg Helgenberger

Big Name Guest Stars: Tomas Arana, Lance Reddick, Faye Kingslee, Zuleikha Robinson, Peter Coyote, Will Yun Lee, Alan Ruck

 

Plot: Welcome to Cyber Command where the first man given a microchip in his head Gabriel Vaughn (Holloway) has connection to every computer system in the world. Cyber Command in ran by Lillian Strand (Helgenberger) while the science in looked after by father son team Cassidy’s Dr Shenendoah (Billingsley) and Nelson (Byrne). Gabriel has a bodyguard Riley (Ory) who is handpicked by the President from their secret service unit. Riley ends up being more of a partner in the end help Gabriel and the team solve crimes from all over the world.

 

Season Highlights: It is fair to say not much happens to create a true underlining storyline. We have a few bits that carry over and that revolves around political secrets with each organisation keeping things close to home. We have a rogue agent with a chip in her head Mei Chen who works for money who gets involved with the teams business throughout the seasons. Most of the first season was building the loyalty between the team hopefully leading to big and better stories.

 

Verdict: Smart Simple Action Show

 

Season Story: Even though I felt that the show starts slow with its desperate attempt to create a long term storyline for Gabriel only to throw it out the door after three episodes. Once you get pasted them we have a series of enjoyable episodes that just build the teams characters to lead to more later in the show. (7/10)

 

Main Cast Reviews

 

Josh Holloway: Gabriel the solider with the chip in his brain, brilliant trained in combat, Gabriel is a man that saves the day week in week out. Josh does very well with the role and shows he can be the lead in a show. (9/10)

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Meghan Ory: Riley the secret service agent reassigned to Cyber Command to work with Gabriel. Meghan does a good job in the role in an investigation style team. (8/10)

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John Billingsley: Dr Shenendoah the creator of the chip who also keeps the chip and Gabriel safe after he returns from the field. Good performance from John who plays the almost mad scientist but not quiet mad very well. (8/10)

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P.J. Byrne: Nelson who looks after the computer side of the operation and constantly looks up to his father and wants to emulate his work. Good from P.J. who steals most of the scenes he is in. (9/10)

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Michael Rady: Jameson part of the team, a great shot but rarely says or gets involved in anything. Good performance but his character isn’t used very much.(6/10)

 

Marg Helgenberger: Lillian Leader of Cyber Command who has to try and keep Gabriel in check as well as using her contacts through the government to help her and the team. Good performance from Marg who steps away from CSI very well in this show. (8/10)

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Special Guest Star Reviews

 

Tomas Arana: DNI Adam Weatherly one of the people within the government to whom Lillian has contact with. Good typical government role appearing in 10 of the 13 episodes.  (8/10)

 

Lance Reddick: DCI Jeffrey Tetazoo another one within the government who is against the danger Gabriel could possess. Good from Lance who seems to play the role very well. (8/10)

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Faye Kingslee: Mei Chen after getting a chip placed in her mind she ends up working as an assassin for hire who has learnt more of the chip abilities that Gabriel. Good performance from Faye who adds some mystery to the chip. (8/10)

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Zuleikha Robinson: Amelia, Gabriel’s wife who was dead, then wasn’t then died in three episodes. Can’t blame the actress for the poorly written character. (4/10)

 

Peter Coyote: Leland, Lillian father who is also involved with the government who can’t tell her secrets but leads her in the direction she needs to go, is one of the mysteries to be solved if the show returns. Good performance to create a character with plenty of mystery about him. (9/10)

 

Alan Ruck: Jonathan Cain a wheelchair bound man who plans to release the same virus he has on a city wide population. Good twisted villain created here, player perfectly by Ruck.  (9/10)

 

 

Action: Plenty of action throughout the show. (8/10)

Thriller: Always keep you guessing on what will happen next. (8/10)

Chemistry: Good chemistry between the characters. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting is very different, but all work well for that particular episode. (8/10)

Suggestion: I would say give the show a go, it is gentle and easy to watch and doesn’t have the issue of trying to catch up if you miss one. (Try)

 

Best Episode: Size Matters Episode 7

Worst Episode: Red X Episode 2

Best Guest Star: Alan Ruck

Funniest Moment: Nelson’s lines during a serious scene.

Surprise Of The Season: Final Twist.

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of New Season: It is in the air at the time I am writing this.

Cliff Hanger Scene: Has a final cliff hanger for a returning season.

What to Look Forward to Next Season: What is Leland’s role? Will Mei Chen return?

Similar Too: Person Of Interest

 

Overall: Cyber Man to The Rescue

Rating 75

TV Corner – Walking Dead Season 4 Part 2

logoMain Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Chad L Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson

 

Plot: Part two of this season is pretty simple and slow for the fans. It follows the group after they have all been separated by the Governor’s (David Morrissey) attack. Each episode shows each group try to figure out what to do next and having found a sign they all head to a place called Terminus.

 There Will Be Spoilers From Here on

Season Highlights: For me this part of the season really works on trying to develop the characters because beforehand we knew very little about the character pre-outbreak. We see Carl (Riggs) step up to take care of his injured father, Michonne (Gurira) break out of her broken state to become friendlier. Daryl (Reedus) become a father like figure for Beth (Kinney) before knowing what it is too lose somebody he let in. We follow Glenn (Yeun) help Tara (Masterson) and go up against new characters Sgt Abraham Ford (Cudlitz), Dr Eugene Porter (McDermitt) and Rosita (Serratos) while trying to find his wife Maggie (Cohan). Maggie twists Sasha (Martin-Green) and Bob (Gilliard Jr) into going to Terminus in hope of find Glenn. Leaving Tyreese (Coleman) and Carol (McBride) playing babysitters even though we know she killed his partner. Each group learns more about each other while struggling to survive the Walkers.

 

Sgt Ford One of the new gang members

Sgt Ford One of the new gang members

Verdict: Slow Smart Chapter

 

Season Story: Let’s face it not much happens, but we still wanted to know what was happening. The tease of anticipation leading up to Terminus keeps us guessing and when they finally start making it there what will happen. We end up having to deal with that next season but the build was nice and kept us involved throughout. (9/10)

 

Main Cast Reviews

 

Andrew Lincoln: Rick having been wounded in the his fight with the Governor he must rely on Carl before making a new enemy trying to protect him and the group he is with. Rick goes through a change in this part of the season and now he simply won’t take any prisoners. (9/10)

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Norman Reedus: Daryl the fan favourite ends up playing daddy for Beth and while it looks like he starts going soft it is only after he loses her we see the old Daryl return. Daryl has always been a bit of a mystery and we learn more about his past without letting him do what he does best. (8/10)

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Steven Yeun: Glenn, he gets stuck in the prison after the attack while he helps Tara escape he is injured and ends up being take on a trip before walking back to find Maggie with a few new friends. Glenn thinks too much with his heart this time round which could end up having getting everyone in trouble. (8/10)

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Lauren Cohan: Maggie after finding the bus she can’t find Glenn and puts herself and her group in danger while desperately trying to find Glenn, leaving a trail for him to follow to Terminus could she have just marked the path for their own death? (7/10)

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Chandler Riggs: Carl having to look after Rick, he bonds with Michonne but ends up spending the time watching how Rick slowly starts to change as well as dealing with the idea that he could go too far one day. Carl is underused for the second part but it could show to be important for future seasons.(6/10)

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Danai Gurira: Michonne after the attack she turns back into the lone drifter before looking at what she has become and finds the Grimes’ and opens up more about her past and what made her the way she became. This part could have ruined her but only ended up making her much more important to each of the characters. (8/10)

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Melissa McBride: Carol appears to help Tyreese with the children; she ends up having the most shocking moment in the season and even the whole show. She ends up making a difference after being outcast; she may well end up being the saviour. (9/10)

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Emily Kinney: Beth struggling with grieving her father’s death she has to keep up with Daryl before being able to get him to let her in. She only goes and gets herself kidnapped and we don’t know what happened to her. (7/10)

 

Action: The zombie bashing is always good when it happens. (9/10)

Horror: Good horror theme continuing where it left off. (9/10)

Thriller: Always keeps you on the edge of your seat. (10/10)

Settings: Being stuck in the woods creates very tense feeling throughout. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Always have fantastic special effects. (10/10)

Suggestion: Just watch the whole show it is thrilling from start to finish and always leaves you with questions. (Watch)

 

Best Episode: ‘The Grove’ Episode 14 followed closely by ‘A’ episode 16

Worst Episode: ‘Still’ Episode 12

Action Scene Of The Season: Fight between Rick and Joe gang.

Surprise Of The Season: Lizzie death

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of New Season: Hell yes

Cliff Hanger Scene: What is going to happen to the guys?

What to Look Forward to Next Season: Learning more about Terminus, Finding Beth and potential being left to guess who will be killed off next.

 

Overall: Brilliant Building Up Season

Rating 91