Intelligence 2 Seasons 2005

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Season 1
(71) IMDb 7.9/10

1. Intelligence: Pilot TV-NR

Mary Spalding, head of Vancouver's Organized Crime Unit, eyes a promotion to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Her subordinate, Ted Altman, tries to undermine her chances but commits a disastrous blunder. Crime boss Jimmy Reardon comes into possession of potentially damaging OCU files, and the repercussions affect his family.

Starring:
Ian Tracey, Klea Scott
Runtime:
1 hour 31 minutes
Original air date:
November 28, 2005

Intelligence: Pilot

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Stephen Surjik
Starring Ian Tracey, Klea Scott
Supporting actors John Cassini, Matt Frewer, Bernie Coulson, Camille Sullivan, Chris William Martin, Michael Anthony Rawlins, Darcy Laurie, Sophie Hough, Eugene Lipinski, Andrew Airlie, Sabrina Grdevich, Michael Eklund, Lorena Gale, Fabian Gujral, Dan Joffre, Zak Santiago, Ona Grauer, Patrick Gilmore
Season year 2007
Network Acorn Media
Producers Chris Haddock, Carwyn Jones, Laura Lightbown, Arvi Liimatainen, Stephen Surjik
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Great acting, good story line.
Lisa M. Ludwig
The politics of the situation seems at time more evil than the criminal elements themselves.
Robert A. Postuma
One of the best TV shows I have ever seen.
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125 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Pepper on April 21, 2008
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I could not disagree more with Sam Graham's analysis of this program (see Amazon's review). First, he unfortunately compares what he considers failings of this show with U.S. programming. Who ever said programming in the States is something writers should try to emulate!
"Intelligence" does have a large cast, and you will recognize many of them from the DaVinci series if you have been fortunate enough to see those. (Acorn - please put that entire series out on DVD!)

I like this show for exactly the reasons that Sam Graham finds fault with it. There is not gross visualization of violence and gore - because it is written with more development of character than the standard shoot 'em up you will find in U.S. programming. (How many times can we watch CSI and all those carved up bodies!)
Ian Tracey is great as the low key bad guy you can't help but like and they give the strongest role opposite Tracey's to a woman. Klea Scott as Mary is compelling because she holds her own with the big boys, never using her sexuality to get what she wants. She uses her brain and intuition to get the "Intelligence" she sees as the way to fight crime in her city.

It is apparent Mr. Graham is not a Canadian and seems to think crime is
neat and tidy in Canada....too whitewashed to be interesting. Has he not heard of the pig farmer lately?
I live in Seattle and drugs crossing our borders from Canada are a constant worry here. Amazon is based about a mile from my house, but Graham's lack of understanding of the drug problems in the Northwest make me wonder where he lives!
Readers, pay no mind to Amazon's review of this series. Take a chance on "Intelligence". I think you will be as fascinated as I have been.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By James Schumaker on May 5, 2008
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I first started watching this show on the Hallmark Channel in Eastern Europe -- unfortunately, it is not being broadcast in the United States. If it were, it would quickly eclipse the usually predictable and increasingly gory American crime series that Amazon's reviewer seems to prefer.

Unlike many of its American competitors, "Intelligence" is not a show that aims at the lowest common denominator. Instead, it requires a bit of intelligence on the part of the viewer to sort through the convoluted plots and the complex characters, but the effort is worth it. The second season, which just started playing overseas when I returned to the States, is even better, which makes it all the more shameful that the Canadian Broadcasting Company is apparently not going to pick it up for a third season.

I have heard that there is some talk of reviving the series on cable and changing its locale to an American city. Continuing "Intelligence" is a great idea, but changing locales is not. A series like "Intelligence" is tailor-made for American cable, and would fit in very nicely on HBO or Showtime, but it gets most of its unique appeal from its Vancouver location and its incredibly strong Canadian cast. If it is to be revived, it should stay in Vancouver.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Puppluv on May 6, 2008
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WWWWOOOOWWWW!!!! Instantly hooked in INTELLIGENCE!!! This is a great crime drama - violence like any crime show but not gruesome-perfectly creepy.Deep characters who by the end of disc 2 it's hard to decide who you like and who you don't. Almost everyone has something to love about them and most have something that makes you cringe a little. You never know what's going to happen and can't wait for the next episode. I started it 2 days ago and I'm on the third disc already - when I watch an episode I'm suddenly 3 episodes into it and force myself to shut it off and go to bed already. Great actors, great plot, great characters, great show, lots of layers. PLEASE TELL ME THERE"S MORE SEASONS THAN THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Postuma on May 24, 2008
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Like most Canadians, I've grown up thinking that any Canadian tv shows - must be bad by definition. Of course, we always give the exception rule over to SCTV and Kids in the Hall - which are almost excused because they were almost counter-culture type shows. I didn't even know "Intelligence" was even on air until I heard American podcaster and radio announcer/personality John Siuntres mention it in passing on his Wordballoon podcast on comic books. John's comments made it seem interesting - so I gave it a chance and ordered it sight unseen.

Wow!!! What an amazing show. My prejudging of Canuck shows was sorely wrong this time. What we have here is a HBO quality show along the lines of "The Wire", a fictional drama about what the intelligence community in Canada trying to do to investigate crimes in their domain. The line between who is good and who is bad, tends to be more blurred than black and white. The politics of the situation seems at time more evil than the criminal elements themselves. Writing is excellent, as is the acting. Special kudo's to Matt Frewer for playing maybe the biggest scumbag ever on tv.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kohout Jr. on January 2, 2009
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I watched the entire first season in 2 viewings over the New Years holiday. I also could not disagree more with the Amazon review. Point in fact that if I could give 4 1/2-stars I would, as the series is just a notch under perfect. First and foremost, for a crime drama there is a surprising lack of gratuitous violence. Could this be a result of the copious amounts of alcohol consumed? The aforementioned may put many people off that are accustomed to American TV a la "24" and the "CSI Trilogy." Violence does lurk beneath the surface, though even when deemed necessary we rarely get to see it on screen.
Perhaps my reason for not giving the series 5-stars is that a good portion of the show is filmed in a strip club with nary a bare breast seen (not sure if this is a result of CBC sensors or simply a decision made by the producers). Seriously, it may actually be the lack of gratuitous sex & violence that make this series work, as the focus is more on interior & exterior power struggles and the resulting sub plots, yea? (Apparently, in Vancouver it is common to finish a sentence with "yea"). The other interesting aspect to show, which was frequently a topic of discussions among my friends and I, was how such relatively "soft" organization could manage a criminal enterprise that generated 9-figures annually? Again, perhaps this goes to how criminal enterprises are managed in Canada?

I would recommend this series to anyone that is a fan of well written crime dramas sans the sex & violence. If you pinned me down I would have to say the real reason why this would not rate 5-stars is that the characters are not multi layered, which while may be enough to not generate a fifth star, still place this series in the top tier of anything that is currently in the USA/UK.

*Does anyone recognize Jimmy's Brother Mike as the Rick Diesel from "Eddie & the Cruisers 2?"
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