Intelligence: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
Intelligence

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Intelligence fails to live up to its name, with corny dialogue and overblown violence that cannot be rescued by its capable leading actors.

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Critic Ratings: 34

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User Ratings: 115

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 7, 2014

Gabriel and Riley must rescue a kidnapped member of CyberCom -- the man who invented the chip implanted in Gabriel's brain -- before secret technology falls into the wrong hands.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2014

During an investigation into a suicide bombing at the U.S. Marine base, a discovery is made about a new, chemically undetectable bomb material; Gabriel is unable to finish a task.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2014

Gabriel's chip is hacked, leading to him discovering that Mei Chen is still alive and that she possesses a chip even more powerful than his own.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2014

Riley and Gabriel go on a covert mission in Syria in order to rescue American journalists being held hostage; the truth about Riley's past with her ex-boyfriend is revealed when they are forced to work together.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2014

The daughter of a senator in Mexico is kidnapped by a cartel; Lillian uncovers a connection between her father (Peter Coyote) and the cartel.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2014

Gabriel and the team go to Texas to help contain a deadly, quickly spreading virus and identify patient zero.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2014

Gabriel and Cybercom investigate when artificial intelligence scientists are infected and killed by microscopic robots.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2014

While in Bolivia with Riley to protect a presidential candidate from assassination, Gabriel is shocked to learn his best friend is the suspect.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2014

When an aggressive virus wipes out Gabriel's memory, he thinks Jin Cong is good and helps him find a secret document.

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Air date: Mar 10, 2014

When the FBI's witness protection database is compromised and witnesses are blackmailed, Gabriel, Lillian and Riley go to San Francisco.

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Audience Reviews for Intelligence: Season 1

  • Oct 28, 2019
    Excessive and unnecessary violence.
  • Oct 07, 2019
    It's as if they remade the Trailer Park Boys, but as a drama. It's not good, at all.
  • Mar 04, 2017
    There were two reasons why "Intelligence" caught my eye: First, I was a fan of lead actor Josh Holloway on LOST. Second, I was intrigued by the concept of a man being "plugged in" to the Internet at all times. However, while the acting on "Intelligence" is quite solid and the underlying concept is indeed interesting, the show is set up to be little more than a case-of-the-week action slugfest. For the basic premise, "Intelligence" revolves around "Project Clockwork" of the American future's Cyber-Terrorism center. Gabriel (Holloway) has had a chip implanted in his brain that allows him to be connected to the information grid at all times. An unforeseen aspect of the experiment, however, is that Gabriel is also able to extrapolate on the data, making him a useful tool at crime scenes. Created by Dr. Cassidy (John Billingsley), overseen by Lillian Strand (Marge Helgenberger), and partnered with Riley Neal (Meghan Ory), Gabriel is called upon each week to help solve another seemingly impossibly, usually politically-oriented case. To be frank, I am not a huge fan of "case of the week" shows. Basically, I have become spoiled by the storytelling conventions of shows like "LOST", "Homeland", and "Mad Men", for example, where plots and characters are continued for episodes or seasons. "Intelligence" is not that type of show. Besides its "Pilot" and maybe a little bit into the second episode, it becomes little more than a new case for Gabriel and Riley to solve each week. Some viewers are perfectly fine with that type of storytelling, but I tend to get antsy (the only week-by-week show that could ever hold my interest was "The X-Files"). Another part of the problem is that the show's advertising on CBS was very misleading. While watching the trailers and viewing other promotional materials, it looked like a show about a guy trying to find his missing wife (and using the chip in his head to do it). Well, that plot line was essentially dropped (though perhaps not for good) after the second episode, with all the rest (at least to episode 7 after which I stopped watching) focusing on a "plot of the week". Thus, I made the decision to drop "Intelligence" from my weekly viewing slate. Though Holloway is superb as the leading man (in fact, I wish them would let him emote even more, but too often he's just quipping tough and running around) and the "Internet brain chip" concept is enticing, there just isn't enough here to sustain my interest week-to-week.
  • Sep 30, 2014
    Josh Holloway has such a screen presence and easy charisma that it's a shame the rest of his show couldn't match his talent. After a great start it slowly fell into the same old lame US government conspiracy theories and patriotism guff. The characters just weren't that interesting and although I appreciate a strong female character like Riley, she increasingly acted like Gabriel's nanny and the deep connection between them just wasn't believable. And I'm sure that if I'd kept a tally from the start they would have said "Gabriel" at least a 100 times, which soon got super annoying.
  • Sep 24, 2014
    Great concept, well acted original story. Josh Holloway and Meghan Ory play off each other great. Absolutely deserves a season 2. Shame on you CBS
  • Jul 15, 2014
    I can't believe that they are not bringing it back for a second series. So sad. Great characters!
  • Jun 29, 2014
    This could have been a great show, especially with Josh Holloway in the cast, but the science and technology were dealt with in such a lame way most of the time that it became embarrassingly painful to watch. Gabriel can get into any system, anywhere in the world, with no security concerns. The chip can do things designers never anticipated. It might as well be a magic wand.
  • Apr 28, 2014
    Great idea, awkward execution. Needs improvement, but has the potential to be a great series if renewed for a second season. Sometimes the episodes are a bit rushed, predictable, and cliche. However, there is always lots of action and the actors are wonderful. Definitely hoping for a season two.
  • Apr 22, 2014
    Horrible writing. Actually downright stupid. Good premise, bad follow through.
  • Apr 12, 2014
    This was a great show. It puts itself above most CBS crime shows with better visuals and premise, but yet falls short of most of them with a little weaker of screenwriting, execution, and is clearly a more/less advanced version of NBC's superior show Chuck. But it's led by a great performance from Holloway, and hopefully gets a second season to improve upon its flaws in this season.

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