Intelligence – Pilot Review


Single mothers and divorcees, rejoice! Josh Holloway is back on the screen, and judging by Intelligence’s pilot, he’s not going anywhere for a while.

The new show from CBS got under way last week, and much like with Helix, I’ve been keeping an eye on this show’s release date with excitement. It’s always hard to judge a show solely based on the pilot, and it’s true that Intelligence needs some work, but it made a good start to life on Monday nights. It’s going to have to churn out some seriously good episodes over the next few weeks to grab viewers, because Monday’s a big one!

I like how this show felt a little like Chuck, just a hell of a lot more serious (No undercover jobs at KFC here). The network has thought about it’s demographic, dropping Meghan Ory and Marg Helgenberger, meaning there’s eye candy for both sexes.

There’s times when Intelligence feels disjointed, as if it hasn’t quite figured out where it’s going yet. Did they only give him the technology to find out about his wife, or is it just a coincidence? I’m not sure they know, yet, but the pilot did have a little of everything. Holloway beating people up, using his visual evidence wall to render crime scenes (the coolest thing ever!) as well as some back story to his character.

How awesome!

ImageMy main issue with the show, is that if you have a show where this type of technology is available, you really have to go for it. It’s no good having to realign a satellite to give Holloway his abilities back, what’s going to happen when he chases someone through the Subway? Hang on a sec while I find a signal…yeah, right…Just think what’ll happen in…an elevator.

There’s time where this character reminds of Sawyer from Lost. He’s a similar enough character for Holloway to pull off, but I can’t help but feel that people will struggle to connect him to ANY other role than that. He’s a badass for life!

What I really hope they take a look at is how it affects him. My favourite thing about Chuck is that the computer in his brain begins to change him, and almost ended up killing him, so it would be interesting to see the downside to having what’s in his head. I mean, I enjoy seeing Holloway’s badass fighting skills as much as the next person, but you’ve already got Banshee for that. I can’t help but think they’re missing a trick here.

ImageOk, so I’m geeking out on the rendering…

All in all, I liked the pilot. The visuals were stunning, and the premise of the show still excites me. Let’s just hope the gripes I’ve got are only teething issues that are soon to be cleared up.

The Ninja


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