Season One, Volume 1

DVD - 2008
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A drama that takes you deep inside organized crime and the cops who keep tabs on it. A father, businessman, and drug smuggler, Jimmy Reardon, feels the heat from outlaw bikers muscling in on his territory. Mary Spalding, head of Vancouver's Organized Crime Unit, fears her rivals in the intelligence community more than criminals. Together, they form an alliance that threatens to undo them both.
Publisher: [Silver Spring, Md.] : Acorn Media, [2008]
Branch Call Number: Feature
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 181 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Apr 05, 2017

I watched this on CBC several times when it was re-run over and over, and I loved it. I would never watch a movie or TV show about American organized crime, but this is gripping. The main reason, I've figured out, is that the criminals talk just like regular people. In American movies, the criminals are always sneering, or whispering, instead of just talking. Except for the fact that most of their money is made in illegal shipping and sales of marijuana, the crooks sound just like teachers or cops or anybody else who has family problems, teenage daughter problems, cash-flow problems, where-to-live problems, and so forth. I loved watching it.

Mar 24, 2017

I'd never heard of this show before, saw it on the shelf at the local library. What sold me from the DVD jacket was the fact that it was from the same creator of the Canadian police show, "Da Vinci's Inquest" -- and it uses one of the actors I really liked from that old series, Ian Tracey (he played a cop then, now he plays an organized crime boss in Vancouver). The other of the two leads is played by actress Klea Scott, who does a good job playing a truly ethical policewoman (head of the Organized Crime unit).

"Intelligence" has the same pacing and ambiance of "Da Vinci Inquest" -- mostly gloomy night-time shots of the seedier side of Vancouver, and an expertly wound & layered plot line involving the intersections of many different characters unfolding from episode to episode. The acting is superb all around, including smaller parts like the one finely portrayed by Camille Sullivan, playing the vulnerable, distraught wife of Jimmy Reardon (played by Ian Tracey). Speaking of under-appreciated old shows, it was cool to see actor Matt Frewer, cast member of the old paranormal show "Psi Factor", in a fairly large supporting role in "Intelligence" as a vaguely, slimy if not outright dirty, cop.

May 20, 2015

Sadly, this Canadian series, is not subtitled for SDH ...


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