By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.
I have recently caught this show on Saturdays (Yes, I have no life) and I have found it very amusing and interesting. I mean, in "French Kiss" four men in a MBE pull guns on each other thinking they are all terrorists only to find out they work for the CIA, FBI, INS and Secret Service respectively--that's a classic, especially since they really don't ever know what the other is doing. However, I find it remarkably amusing because, well, when you know enough about thebackground of a show like this or the West Wing, it's interesting to see the little coincidences and foibles in the show. This show is funny, even at times when I think it should be dead serious I find it humorous. BTW, I noticed that Jennifer Brandes and Chris Hepler have written a couple of episodes this season--both of which I found to be very cool. Jennifer and Chris wrote a book that I thoroughly enjoyed because while it was factually accurate and intriguing, it was also written with a lot of humor and wit to it (except where certain parts were obviously injected by the editors for apparently no reason). Good work guys.
We started to watch the show to get a David Clennon fix. The first few episodes didn't grab us, but we've started watching again, having become rabid CSI fans. Wow! "The Agency" just gets better and better. Daniel Benzali adds an incredible edge to the show and the cast dynamic. We can't wait to see how the relationship between him and the new director (Beau Bridges) unfolds. I also agree with another poster that one of the best parts of the show is what Terri, Joshua and company do in the graphics department: I'd like some of that software! The plots, subplots, internal politics, interesting characters and Bondsian gadgets make for one of the best hours on TV.
I think that The Agency is a wonderful show because it is not fake. Many of the shows out there today have wonderful acting but they don't seem real, they don't seem to hit home with some people. The Agency takes real things that have happened and turned them into Storylines and Scripts. Like the Anthrax and the smallpox episodes. Things that really happened. Even though the show is just a show and none of it is really real and we shouldn't depend on it for the answers but sometimes it gives us a sense of comfort because it shows us what the CIA does to handle national problems. I hope that this show stays on the air for a long time, as long as ER and NYPD Blue. I hope also that more people will start to watch the Agency to keep it on the air because it is a truly wonderful show.
After seeing episodes on Al Qaeda and Anthrax, I am convinced that The Agency is true "must-see" TV. After Sept 11th, The Agency's plots became more real than they had expected, and the topics more surreal. Viewers may get the same enjoyment out of the CIA's intelligence-gathering techniques that they do from "CSI"'s evidence-gathering techniques. The Agency is very similar to it's lead-in, and it has better acting (something CSI isn't known for.)Will Patton is the real star, I love everything he's done and he doesn't disappoint here. Gil Bellows has been equally fantastic as the new agent following in his brother's footsteps. Paige Turco and David Clennon are fun to watch together, and I like the stuff they do (photograph and passport editing) more than the field agent's stuff. Glorea Roth and Rocky Carroll are good but not great, and Ronny Cox is variable. Overall, it's a very enjoyable show that, when it works (about 80% of the time), is some of the best TV out there.