Intelligence Is A Popcorn Action Spy Show

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Josh Holloway and Meghan Ory in a scene from the pilot of ‘Intelligence’

Tuesday night I got to watch the pilot episode of Intelligence on CBS. This was one of the mid-season shows I’ve been waiting to start and now that it is here, I enjoyed it. It reminded me of the classic The Six Million Dollar Man show from back in the 1970s. Although the main character in this new show doesn’t have super human strength, one of the plot lines is the guy dealing with the technology he has in his brain. You should check it out if you can.

Gabriel Vaughn, played by Josh Holloway, is a high-tech intelligence operative who is enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. He is able to interface with any electronic device near by and can also have data sent to him. He may have a super brain but doesn’t have super powers.

Secret Service agent Riley Neal, played by Meghan Ory, is assigned to be Gabriel’s bodyguard. During the first episode we learn she knows how to shoot and kick ass although she doesn’t look tough.

Lillian Strand, played by the great Marg Helgenberger, is the boss of the US Cyber Command and gives Gabriel and Riley assignments. It isn’t known right now how much of Helgenberger we will see each week.

Other cast members seen so far include John Billingsley, as Dr. Shenandoah Cassidy, Intelligence’s Rudy Wells. He invented the chip Gabriel has.

In the first episode we are introduced to the main characters. We learn that Gabriel has a missing wife who is believed to have become a bad guy. Of course Gabriel doesn’t believe she turned into a bad person. The other major plot point is that Dr. Cassidy made a second chip and was forced to implant into a female Chinese agent.

Intelligence is a popcorn show. It isn’t suppose to be 100% realistic but it is suppose to be fun to watch. It does seem better than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC.

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