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Intelligence 2 Seasons

Season 1
4.4 out of 5 stars (83) IMDb 8.3/10

From the creator of Da Vinci's Inquest, this tense and sophisticated Canadian crime drama goes inside the murky world of organized crime and the cops who keep tabs on it. Drug kingpin Jimmy Reardon (Ian Tracey) forms an uneasy alliance with the ambitious head of the Organized Crime Unit (Klea Scott) that imperils them both. Critics have likened this gritty series to The Wire and The Shield.

Starring:
Ian Tracey, Klea Scott

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1. Intelligence: Pilot

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.

TV-NR November 28, 2005 1 hour, 30 minutes

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2. Where Good Men Die Like Dogs

As a price war looms with the Disciples, Jimmy tries to decide what to do about Bill, the grower who lost an entire crop in a suspicious security lapse. Mary meets with Roger Deakins--her rival for head of CSIS's Asia-Pacific division--and learns of dangerous enemies inside her own office.

TV-NR October 10, 2006 44 minutes

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3. Champagne Payday, A

As Jimmy interviews new suppliers, his brother Michael undertakes a side business of his own--running weed to the States--and encounters big problems. In an effort to infiltrate the Reardon empire, Mary recruits Tina from Katarina's escort service to become a stripper at the Chickadee.

TV-NR October 17, 2006 44 minutes

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4. Don't Break Your Brother's Heart

Even as she takes steps to deal with the mole in her wire room, Mary makes an important presentation that she hopes will cement her promotion to CSIS. Back at the Chickadee, Ronnie becomes increasingly concerned about Michael's erratic behavior and urges him to enter rehab.

TV-NR October 24, 2006 44 minutes

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5. Jimmy's Got a Money Machine

Jimmy runs into trouble stocking and operating the bank machines that he has been using to launder money. Worrying as much about her own agents as about the bad guys, Mary learns that the OCU mole has a girlfriend whose brother works for a Chinese crime syndicate.

TV-NR October 31, 2006 44 minutes

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6. Where There's One, There's Another

After Randy Bingham visits the Chickadee, Jimmy weighs whether to get involved in the stockbroker's gun-running scheme. Mary pressures Jimmy to go in even deeper with Bingham. She also confronts the mole in her wire room and learns of a Chinese dissident marked for assassination.

TV-NR November 7, 2006 44 minutes

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7. Pressure Drop

Mary aims to tie the OCU mole to the tail of her rival, Deakins. However, as she and Martin watch, the mole gets a visit that changes Mary's plans completely. While running cash for the Reardon bank machines, Michael has an encounter with a pair of unidentified assailants.

TV-NR November 14, 2006 44 minutes

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8. Love and War

The execution of the mole on Mary's watch could kill any hope of her promotion, and she suspects a leak high in OCU or CSIS. Despite pressure from inside his organization, Jimmy resists going to war with the Disciples, preferring to wait for hard evidence against them.

TV-NR November 21, 2006 44 minutes

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9. Clean and Simple

Jimmy and Ronnie enlist their Vietnamese partners, Phan and East Side Johnny, to jack one of the Disciples' couriers, but the plan goes horribly awry. Refusing to turn over the names of her informants to CSIS until she finds out who "ratted on her rat," Mary plans to apply serious pressure in Ottawa.

TV-NR November 28, 2006 44 minutes

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10. Cleaning Up

Winston's foolhardy behavior at a traffic stop leads Jimmy and Ronnie to question their new supplier's judgment. Mary persuades Deakins to delay his resignation while she investigates leaks higher up the ladder, for which she enlists Ted's help. Meanwhile, new evidence emerges about Colin's shooting, implicating the Disciples.

TV-NR December 5, 2006 44 minutes

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11. Things Change

The Reardons seek to expand their enterprises, with Mike looking to buy a nightclub and Jimmy eyeing an offshore bank. Mary offers Randy Bingham protection--even though she seems to know more about his gun-running operation than he does.

TV-NR December 12, 2006 44 minutes

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12. Not a Nice Boy!

The DEA busts Alex, Jimmy's stateside distributor, and proceeds to bait a trap. But, anticipating a rich retirement for himself and a promotion for both Mary and Ted, Deakins advises Ted to call off the Reardon sting. Meanwhile, Jimmy tests Francine's courage under pressure.

TV-NR January 9, 2007 44 minutes

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13. Dante's Inferno

Dante drives away from the Chickadee with a prisoner in the back seat--East Side Johnny, the Vietnamese shooter who killed the Disciples' courier. Fearing the worst, Jimmy and Ronnie tear off in pursuit. Using Katarina's wiles, Mary collects hard evidence on Royden before the axe falls on her.

TV-NR January 16, 2007 44 minutes

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14. Down but Not Out

With his life at risk, Jimmy marshals all of his resources to learn the name of the OCU officer threatening to out him as an informant. And with her job on the line, Mary devises a last-ditch scheme to eliminate Royden. Meanwhile, Jimmy and his family head toward Seattle, directly into the DEA's trap.

TV-NR January 30, 2007 44 minutes

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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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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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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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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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