Intelligence keeps missing its mark. The main themes of the episode were supposed to be Gabriel’s hacked computer chip, causing him to turn on his friends and co-workers, and the Athens List. But it’s the humor that was the most memorable. Well, that, and Riley’s awesomeness! She just happens to have a knife hidden in her pants during a hostage crisis, she subdues an out-of-control Gabriel, and helps him get in touch with his inner feelings. All while being gorgeous.
This CyberCom is even more screwy than the real CyberCom. It’s supposed to be the United States’ premiere cyber organization, yet its network gets hacked by the Chinese. Then there’s the Orion Protocol, which consists of cutting through the communications trunk with… a circular saw! And the saw is kept in a glass case to break in case of emergency! Hilarious! I don’t think it was supposed to be funny, but it was.
When Jin Cong and his minions stormed through the door, I wondered how hard it would be for the enemy to physically penetrate the real CyberCom operations center. I started to list all the gateposts and checkpoints, then thought Hmm, better not.
The Cassidy’s have never been in finer form. Nelson, whose lines usually leave me groaning, was enjoyable, actually eliciting a laugh or two. His ineptness as an action hero was both funny and admirable. Although shaking when he had a gun to his, he was still willing to to risk his life. And then he killed the ceiling!
We learned Papa Cassidy was arrested for public nudity and possession of a controlled substance, which of course just makes him even more entertaining. Oh, to have a picture of Shen in combat gear. There’s something about seeing John Billingsley in helmet and flak vest, ready to save the day, that strikes the fully-bone. However, if one goes to the garage to thwart the enemy’s get-away plan, slashing the tires would probably have served a better purpose than planting a stun bomb. Just my 2¢.
The Athens List, the goal of the Jin Cong-led invasion, turns out to be a list of children with the gene mutation that makes them eligible for a chip implant. In his hacked state, Gabriel was furious when he found out. But in fairness, normal Gabriel would have been incensed, too. ‘Cause that’s just the kind of guy he is. Nelson was definitely upset, and Shen was ready to quit because of it. All I could think was, Why children? Adults would be of better use. Unless they planned to go the way of Doctor Who‘s River Song.
Lillian talks Shen off his Ladder of Outrage when she delivers the ultimate slam. “We’re not dealing with respectable scientists. We’re dealing with the United States Department of Defense.” Oof.c