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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Formulaic sci-fi cop drama racks up the bodies.

TV CBS Drama 2014
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Ever since Lost fizzled out, television execs have been looking for a show that would spark similar magic. So the pitch for Intelligence must have made perfect sense: Here you have a show that not only has an intriguing sci-fi premise, you have one of the stars of Lost back on television!

If only the creators of Intelligence could have rustled up a script that's up to the strength of its promise. Holloway is still all dimpled charm, but the plot of the show is so trope-ish (and so silly) that it's hard to watch.

Why are all the bad guys people of color? Why is an immensely valuable government asset protected by only one Secret Service agent, who looks to be a twentysomething Maxim model? Why do government agents shoot first and ask questions later? Why is it amazing to have a government agent whose brain is basically just as powerful as your average smartphone? Perhaps huge Holloway fans, or those gifted in suspension of disbelief, will want to watch Intelligence to answer all these questions. However, we can't recommend it for family viewing: It's both too violent and too ridiculous.

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