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Intelligence Is A Popcorn Action Spy Show

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screencap from Intelligence
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.
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The Americans – A Retro Spy Trip Back To The Early 80′S

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Poster for the FX series The AmericansA new drama on the FX channel debuted Wednesday night called The Americans. It stars Keri Russell and some other guys. I like a good spy story and this show had some good plot points but I was disappointed on how obvious it was overall. It did have a good soundtrack.
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Best on TV – Chuck

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One of my favorite TV shows this year is “Chuck” on NBC.

“Chuck” is a comedic take on the classic spy TV shows. It’s the 2008 version of “Get Smart”. Zachary Levi plays Chuck Bartowski, a computer nerd who works at the local mega-electronic store Buy More. It seems his friend in college, Bryce Larkin, became a rogue spy and sent the contents of a secret government database to Chuck in an e-mail. Chuck read the message and had his brain imprinted with all of the government’s spy secrets. Larkin also blew up the computer holding the data, so Chuck has the only copy of the information.

Yvonne Strahovski, plays Sarah Walker, a CIA agent sent to protect Chuck and his brain. The cover she uses is working in a yogurt stand and she and Chuck pretend to be an item. Meanwhile John Casey, a NSA agent, played by Adam Baldwin, is also suppose to protect Chuck but also is ordered to kill Chuck if and when the government rebuilds its spy computer.

Others in the cast include Chuck’s sister Ellie and her fiance Captain Awesome – yes that is his name on the show, and the gang who work at the Buy More with Chuck. None of them have a clue as to Chuck’s spy work.

The show has a good balance of comedy, drama, action, and pathos.

Here is a video filmed at the show’s panel talk at the recent Comic-Con which included some scenes from the first few episodes of Season 2.