Intelligence executive producer Michael Seitzman believes the upcoming CBS thriller’s concept makes it a relevant viewing experience.
Explaining the ‘science-now’ approach of Intelligence, which stars Josh Holloway as former Delta Force agent named Gabriel who is implanted with a microchip in his brain that allows him to access the global information spectrum, Seitzman told EW:
“We wanted to do a modern day Six Million Dollar Man, but we kept asking ourselves the question of ‘What matters?’ Does super strength really matter anymore in a world where people push a button and a drone five miles up kills them? It doesn’t matter anymore how strong you are physically. There’s another set of superpowers that seem to be popping up on the news every day, and that is a whole series of direct neural implants. It’s not really science fiction anymore. If it is, it’s five minutes in the future not five years into the future.”
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Intelligence, which will probably be of the serial-procedural variety (think Season 1 POI) is very much high-concept – as implied by the nature of Gabriel’s ‘intelligence’; what he can do with it; and how it serves as both an advantage and Achilles heel. Explaining Gabriel’s ability to step into the moment of an event, Seitzman continued:
“In his mind [..] he can see the event frozen, he can walk through it, he can pull up documents, photos, and videos. But the Cyber Render is informed not just by the intelligence that he has access to — which sometimes can be accurate and sometimes can be inaccurate — but it’s also informed by his own imagination. So if he has an inkling about a suspect, it’ll appear in the Cyber Render. Part of what he has to do is analyze it like a dream, and try to figure out what his mind is trying to tell him about an event, and try to decipher what is the real from what his brain is creating.”
Intelligence premieres midseason on CBS.