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Intelligence Review 1.05 'The Rescue'


In the last episode of Intelligence, the daughter of an U.S senator gets kidnapped and the clockwork team are in charge of rescuing her. 

 Mackenzie and her friend get snatched and dragged across the border by Hector Villareal’s drug cartel. Her father, Senator Bradshaw, has to vote about the start-up of a satellite, that would track activity in the Mexico/U.S border and it would affect Hector's business. Without the Senator knowing CyberCom receives orders from Leland Strand, Lillian’s father, to rescue the girl.

Gabriel and Riley go to Mexico. First they get to save the friend, but Mackenzie is still in trouble. Leland makes a deal with Hector to trade her for the codes to access the satellite but something goes wrong and Riley is taken. Gabriel uses his tech powers to find the place and in a solo mission rescues both of them. When they’re going away, Hector appears and Gabriel is ready to take him down. But Leland orders him to let Hector go. I don’t need to say that neither Lillian or Gabriel are happy about it.

Mackenzie is reunited with her parents, Gabriel and Riley go home and Lillian goes to the opera with her father. But things aren't what they seem on Intelligence, and we find out that Lillian likes to tie loose ends. She’s talking on the phone with Hector, while he takes a bath with a woman. Suddenly the smug look on his face disappears and we realize the lady was an agent, who just stabbed and killed him. The conversation is obviously over and Lillian is ready for the play. 

 This episode, as the previous one, works to give the audience a glimpse of what Intelligence is capable of when they do stand alone episodes. It’s interesting to see the develop of this show, how they split the plot between the greater mythology, related to technology, the characters’ past, and everyday missions. The cinematography is beautiful, the FX neat, and the actors do a great a job; how amazing was Marg Helgenberger in that last scene?. 
However,the problem I see - I hope they fix it in a near future -  is the lack of POC characters that aren’t ‘bad guys’. Episode after episode the people from different nationalities and ethnicities, who appear, end up, or are presented as the ones to blame. And in 2014 I wish, diversity in TV series wasn’t a thing we should worry about. 


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