Whiskey Cavalier (2019– )
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Two "hot" leads: will they or won't get together? Exciting
Fast talking black guy: entertain us, funnyman
Slow-moving villains: raises gun. Takes an eternity to fire. Hero lives to see another day
Civilians put at risk because agents lack subtlety: don't mind me, innocent diners, I'm just going to explode a window in your face
The usual tropes, which will grow old quickly. Thoroughly unoriginal
This is an easy watching show with some high end sets and amusing. Almost like a James Bond movie on a lower budget.
My wife and I really enjoy this and are so glad we stumbled across it.
With so much fake reality TV online, it's nice to just enjoy a TV show.
If you can suffer through the intro action sequence and not root for the villain to kill our annoying protagonist before the title sequence your a better person then me.
Oh I lied, that was not the culmination of anything, the stupidity continues unabated.
And no, I am not a "hater", I always try to review titles fairly, and usually only if I find something really good or really bad - otherwise I won't bother.
This one, unfortunately, falls in the "really bad" category..... predominantly, because the script seems to have been written by someone, who has zero understanding of how the intelligence community functions (nationally or internationally), to the point where the show just becomes laughable.
A good pilot director, with a logic mindset, could have fixed it, so could a good producer..... but none of those seem to be involved with this show.
When you then think about all the hoops a network TV show has to jump through, these days, to actually get broadcast on a major network, and all the people that had to sign off on this show getting made, you start to question your own sanity, after watching the pilot.
To illustrate, here are a few spoilers from the pilot (there are many more, but I didn't feel like writing a novel.... a short story will do):
1. Male lead (Scott Foley) is an FBI agent, stationed at the US embassy in Paris..... so far, so good.
What does an FBI agent stationed at the Paris embassy do, in the real world?
He is a legal attache. - His job is to liaise with local law enforcement and counter intelligence in France - He acts as the FBIs official representative in France (and only France). It is largely a diplomatic job.
What does our shows hero do, being an FBI agent stationed at the Paris embassy? He works as overwatch (sniper), in an operation involving bio weapons in a Paris cemetery. He tracks foreign agents across Paris. He engages in hand to hand combat and gunfights in Paris streets (by himself). He goes to Moscow to act as a babysitter for an NSA agent travelling to Germany. He gets in fights and gunfights in Moscow. He travels covertly across Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany, with absolutely zero orders to do so. The list goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on....
Even someone with a casual knowledge of what the FBI does, knows this is all too dumb to make sense, even in a spoof comedy.
2. The female lead is not written much better..... she starts off by hitting on the male lead at a Moscow bar (apparently knowing who he is - i.e. FBI), then proceeds to attack our FBI guy for no apparent reason, before we find out she is actually CIA (whaaaat? - why is she attacking an FBI agent in a Moscow bar?), but even after that (expected) revelation, she persists in attacking the FBI guy...... because "she wants the NSA guy, he can't have him". It makes no sense..... it's like a 10 year olds book report on a comic book he read. (Obviously), they work it out and become the best of friends, with romantic potential, in the end....... because hey, the show has to appeal to the ladies too, right? :(
3. I guess nobody connected to the show, bothered to spend 2 minutes on Google Maps, working out where stuff in the script is located in the world.
For instance, it takes around 17 hours to drive from the russian border to Nuremberg in Germany (1,000 miles).... so according to the pilot, it took Tyler James Williams' character just over 17 hours, to stick his hand in Scott Foleys pocket, 5 inches away, to fish out the handcuff key - and, being an NSA analyst, he is ofcourse such a nerd, that he promptly drops the key, having spent 17 hours getting hold of it...... Oh, and for some reason, neither of them are fatigued, dehydrated, or have peed their pants, during the 17 hours in the trunk of a car, across some of the most heavily guarded borders in Europe, in a stolen car (they skipped that part entirely :D).
I'd say "you can't write this stuff".... but apparently you can.
4. As the pilot closes, and we need the setup to tease us for the rest of the season, the male and female leads (Remember, an FBI agent working a foreign embassy and reporting to the Washington headquarters of the FBI, and a CIA agent reporting to Langley), get called into the FBI field office in New York, where they are told to form a task force (because, you know, they worked so well together, pulling off that totally illegal operation, with absolutely zero oversight and support).
Now, why this would take place in the FBI New York FIELD office, will probably remain a mystery for the ages..... I just chalk it down to another thing the writer didn't understand about the real world - and the subject matter he has chosen to write about.
I'm sorry, having watched the pilot, I'm calling it...... this show is just too dumb for me.
I'm giving it a 2...... it should be getting a 1.... but you know...... Lauren Cohan ;)