Intelligence Pilot Review
By Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)
A show about a guy who has the government’s secrets in his brain. He must be watched over by a female agent to protect him from himself. Sound familiar?
No, this isn’t Chuck, but CBS’s new drama Intelligence. It stars Lost’s Josh Holloway as Gabriel Vaughn, an almost Sherlock Holmesian intelligence operative who has a government supercomputer microchip embedded in his brain that helps him on his missions. Meghan Ory, most recently of a Once Upon a Time, plays his handler.
Because of the aforementioned similarities, comparisons to Chuck will inevitably be made. But Chuck this show is not. Remember everything you loved about Chuck? The humor? The heart? The fact that it didn’t take itself too seriously? Take all of that away and you’ve got Intelligence. It’s a straight drama that already takes itself super seriously.
Chuck’s pilot will forever be one of my favorites. Zachary Levi was perfect in the role and I fell in love with his character when he tried to escape his own birthday party. He was awkward, he didn’t have his life together, and he was thrust into the spy world unsure of whether he wanted to continue in it forever.
Gabriel is a nononsense macho man who has been an agent for years and wants to solve his wife’s disappearance. He’s charming, but not personable. He’s rebellious. This all lends itself to the show’s mythology and it’s clearly more of a procedural than Chuck ever was.
It’s also darker than Chuck, in tone and cinematography. In fact, it’s probably more like its networkmate Person of Interest. In fact, If CBS can find a way to pair them together, they would have a winning night on their hands. As it stands, Intelligence will be competing with Castle. I think a lot of people would be fans of each and may not want to choose between them. However, Intelligence did bring in big numbers, making it the network’s mostwatched new series premiere of the season. The true test will come next week, though, and we’ll find out if people tuned in just to see if it was “New Chuck” or if they are genuinely interested in Gabriel’s life and want to see how the pilot’s cliffhanger turns out.
One thing I do hope will be explained is how Gabriel can turn his brain on and off at will. When he needed to open an electronic lock while being held prisoner by Pakistani militants, it worked. But when he was about to fall off a cliff, why didn’t his all-knowing brain tell him it was there? Also, when he was in a shootout with the Chinese bad guys, why wasn’t the satellite ready? It was an all too convenient way to play up the tension. It’s like his brain is a cell phone with shoddy service!
All of this is not to say it’s a bad show. It’s exactly the kind of show that has made CBS successful in the past. People love procedurals and clearly the “government secrets in his head” thing has worked before. It’s firmly a drama and it will be interesting to see if that spells victory for the network.
Did you watch the premiere of Intelligence? What did you think?
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars