Well, it seems like this may be a bi-weekly thing, just with my work schedule I don’t usually watch ‘Intelligence’ until Tuesday morning before work (hurray for PVR!) but I’m going to try to get back to weekly. With that being said, let’s look at the last two episodes together.
I’m starting to get annoyed with the show. Okay, not annoyed, and not necessarily with the show itself. I love the premise of the chip, and I love how the show has been demonstrating the various ways it can be used. The show seems to be taking a bit of a turn from that, and into the darker side of, not only the government, but the entire country. It’s like military vs secret service vs FBI vs Cyber Command vs CIA vs MI6 vs … well, you get the idea. No one seems to work together. Everyone’s dirty, and everyone has secrets. When the FBI gets Cyber Command to do something, it’s actually for some super secret reason which eventually forces the FBI to double-cross our show’s heroes. Mind you, it gives another level to the show which is fine…but it makes me angry. Why can’t we all just get along??
I have to admit though, I’m really beginning to enjoy Lillian Strand as a character. In the previous episode, she was first presented almost as a little girl working with her dad. She’s been very quick to quote him in the past, and now we actually get to see their relationship. And it’s not good. But by the end of it, she stepped out from her father’s shadow, and I believe that’s when we really got to see who Lillian will be in future episodes: strong, and independent, and a competent leader of Cyber Command. She took matters into her own hands, and got her own contact in Mexico. All while at the opera. Not too shabby.
Now let’s move on to the whole Gabriel-Riley fiasco. The thing I love about Josh Holloway (and many other great actors) is how he acts without saying a word. By now it’s pretty clear these two are going to get together. I’ve come to terms with that. So now we get to see how it happens and how their feelings develop. They’ve been through quite a bit already together. Disaster creates lovers. That’s fine. And now…Riley’s taken hostage! Dun dun dun. Wait, it’s willing! To save a girl’s life! Now Gabriel sees a new side of her. Add on the love points. (I made those up. They’re arbitrary, of course. For now…I may make up a system, depending on how long it takes for them to get together.) Gabriel has to save her now. I have to wonder, however…how good was she at protecting the President’s life? Aren’t his Secret Service people supposed to be with him and his family at all times? Other than a few tackles, Riley seems to be saved by Gabriel more often than not. Back to acting without words. In Gabriel’s cyber render where he discovered where Riley and the senator’s daughter are being held, he kneels down and looks at her face…he takes in a deep breath, and sighs. Add more love points. In that one gesture, that one breathless moment, we see his concern, his loyalty, and the beginnings of his feelings for her. That’s not the sound you make when you’re about to save your work partner. That’s the sound made when you see the person you love in a hostage situation, knowing you’re the one to save her.
Now, this week’s episode was really well done. They were able to add in all the elements that had previously been a bit more choppy. We had the double-crossing (special forces vs cyber command). We had a relatable danger situation (biological warfare). We have the love (Riley gets infected, and Gabriel touches her anyway to save her life). And we have the development of Lillian’s character (she takes down the General).
What I really loved about this episode, was actually at the end. Riley asked Gabriel how he views the chip now that Amelia is dead (she was the reason he got it in the first place). She apologized for bringing it up, and his response is that he thinks about it all the time. I was getting pretty frustrated that he didn’t seem to be someone who had just seen his wife die. Yes, she had been missing for years, but he knew she was alive. Now she’s dead, and there hasn’t seemed to be much internal conflict about that, except for maybe 10 minutes in the episode after it happened. This is really the first time we get into his head about the whole thing. It was brief, and it was to further the relationship between Riley and Gabriel…but beggars can’t be choosers.