Airs: Mondays on CBS at 10 EST
Timeslot Competition: Castle (ABC), The Blacklist (NBC)
Premise: Gabriel Vaughn (Josh Holloway) is a US intelligence officer with a microchip implanted in his brain that lets him connect to technology around the world. Riley Neal (Meghan Ory) is assigned to protect him from harm, both internal and external.
Pre-show Thoughts: This sounds a bit like a less nerdy Chuck. I’m not sure how I feel about that since I love the nerdiness of Chuck. However, I do love the cast very much and I in theory anyway, I like the idea of the plot.
Post-show Thoughts: I was rather underwhelmed by this show. Apparently it was not the plot of Chuck that I found interesting, which I had suspected. This is a slightly different take on the concept, as Gabriel was intentionally chosen to be implanted with the chip and he was a strong fighter without it. It also reminded me a little bit of Anthony’s story in Dollhouse with the upgraded soldiers. Other that the plot about the wife who may or may not have been a traitor, much of the show just reminded me of something else.
On one hand, I can applaud CBS for attempting to step out of their procedural box again. While it will be a case-of-the-week show, there will be ongoing story elements that will prove important to character growth and give it some level of serialization.
I wanted to like this because I enjoy the cast so much. It was just so serious and completely devoid of humor or even many likeable character moments that it couldn’t hold my interest. I’m not interested in the plot enough to overlook these things for the time being while the show finds it footing. If it becomes great at some point, I’d consider revisiting it because of its cast but for now, I’ll give it a pass.