Intelligence

Intelligence is an American cyber-themed action-adventure television series that airs on CBS in the United States. It premiered on January 7, 2014, at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 p. Central on CBS, before a move to its permanent time slot on Mondays at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT on January 13, 2014. The series was originally scheduled to premiere on February 24, 2014.

 

The series was created by Michael Seitzman, who serves as an executive producer along with Tripp Vinson, and Barry Schindel, for ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios.

 

On May 10, 2014, CBS canceled Intelligence after only one season.

 

Premise:

 

Gabriel Vaughn (Josh Holloway) is a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel is the first human ever to be connected directly into the globalized information grid. He can get into any of its data centers and access key intel files in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger), the director of the United States Cyber Command who supports Gabriel and oversees the unit's missions, assigns Riley Neal (Meghan Ory), a Secret Service agent, to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behaviors and disregard for protocols. Meanwhile, Gabriel takes advantage of his chip to search for his wife who disappeared years ago after being sent by the C.I.A. to infiltrate and prevent the Lashkar-e-Taiba from carrying out a terrorist attack in Mumbai, India.

 

Cultural references:

 

In the March 31, 2014 episode, it was revealed that the name "Clockwork" was based on the 1879 short story "The Ablest Man in the World" by Edward Page Mitchell. The story is about a mentally handicapped mute who grew up in an mental asylum whose life was changed when a scientist replaced his brain with a clockwork device that is intended to make the patient—who has become a Russian baron at the time of the story—become Russia's answer to Sikandar Napoleon.

 

Reception:

 

David Hinckley of The New York Daily News gave the show 3 out of 5 stars. Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter says the show goes overboard on the merging of humans and computer technology. Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly said "those hoping the show will be Sawyer, P.I. will be disappointed, but there's potential."

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