Intelligence Preview Shows Josh Holloway With A Microchipped Super-Brain

By Kelly West 2013-05-15 18:58:40 discussion comments


Josh Holloway's got a machine head (…better than the rest). Based on the preview for CBS' new series Intelligence, the drama not only puts a computer in the mind of Holloway's Gabriel, but it also delivers some exciting special effects, imagining the kind of technology a guy like Tony Stark might appreciate. And from the look of it, Gabriel isn't merely equipped with a brain full of files and facts, but a body trained and capable of throwing down when the action gets started.

The series stars Holloway as an intelligence operative with a microchip in his brain, which allows him to access all sorts of information on the spot. Here's CBS' full description for Intelligence
INTELLIGENCE is a dramatic thriller starring Josh Holloway as a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel (Holloway) is the first human ever to be connected directly into the worldwide information grid and have complete access to Internet, WiFi, telephone and satellite data.  He can hack into any data center and access key intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. Leading the elite government cyber-security agency created to support him is Director Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger), a straightforward and efficient boss who oversees the unit’s missions. Strand assigns Riley Neal (Meghan Ory), a Secret Service agent, to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behavior and disregard for protocol. 

Other skilled members of the Cybercom team include Chris Jameson (Michael Rady) and Gonzalo “Gonzo” Rodriguez (James Martinez), two resourceful federal investigators. The brains behind the design of the chip is Dr. Shenendoah Cassidy (John Billingsley), whose son, Nelson (PJ Byrne), is jealous of Gabriel’s prominent place in his father’s life. As the first supercomputer with a beating heart, Gabriel is the most valuable piece of technology the country has ever created and is the U.S.’s secret weapon.Michael Seitzman, René Echevarria, Tripp Vinson, and David Semel (for pilot) are executive producers for ABC Television Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.

The internet-in-the-brain idea reminds me a bit of Bryan Singer's webseries H+. But the concept is definitely broad enough to be applied to different kinds of stories. And in this case, it's not the masses being implanted with this chip, but one man who's using it as a government operative. Bring on the action!

It's exciting to see Lost's Josh Holloway returning to television. Unfortunately, it looks like we're going to have to wait a bit for this one, as CBS has it scheduled to debut during midseason.

Intelligence

CBS has Intelligence set to air Mondays at 10:00 p.m. ET starting midseason 2014. View CBS' full 2013-2014 line-up here.
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