CBS' Intelligence: Boot It Up or Give It the Boot?

Intelligence Series Premiere RecapIn CBS’ new action drama Intelligence, which bowed Tuesday night (9/8c), Lost alum Josh Holloway plays the world’s most attractive tablet device. But did the tech-inspired series send a strong signal to you?

Before you vote in the poll below, a brief recap. Holloway plays Gabriel, a hard-core former military man who’s logged five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now a high level intelligence operative.

The U.S. government has seen fit to plant a chip in his brain, essentially turning him into a human supercomputer that is always connected to the “information grid.” Basically, if you’ve ever tweeted, texted, emailed or watched or read anything online, Gabriel can access it at any time with his mind. (Just try clearing that browser history.)

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But any computer is only good as the IT guys behind it, so Gabriel is backed by an unit designed to keep him safe while he’s listening to satellites and intercepting Bluetooth transmissions. Marg Helgenberger (CSI) plays team director Lillian Strand, who assigns Meghan Ory’s (Once Upon a Time) Secret Service agent Riley Neal to “protect the tech” and be Gabriel’s shadow; despite being a literal national treasure, Lillian informs Riley, Gabriel is also “reckless, unpredictable and insubordinate.”

In the drama’s first hour, the mission is to rescue the man who invented the technology imbedded in Gabriel’s head before the whiz’s know-how falls into enemy hands. Along the way, a few secrets are teased, including: What happened to Gabriel’s missing spy wife? and What’s Riley hiding about her past? (Note: Intelligence moves to its regular time slot, Mondays at 10/9c, on Jan. 13.)

Now, for the truly important part: What did you think of Intelligence? Grade the new series via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice.