With the writers’ strike going on in the United States, viewers started looking for other shows to replace the plethora of reruns that plagued the evening/weekend viewing landscape. BBC shows got picked up for early American runs as well as being brought over for the first time. I ended up watching a lot of new shows myself, which makes viewing time even more complicated because now I’m trying to watch even more television than ever.
I’m thankful for the DVD market. It keeps me sane and makes DVR choices easier now that new shows are airing again. My home television library is burgeoning, though. With so much television hitting the entertainment shelves, I know I appreciate it when someone points out a winner to me, so I wanted to address Intelligence, a Canadian cop show with ongoing stories.
The other big market that’s pushed into the United States belongs to Canada. As it turns out, Canadian TV (where a lot of successful American shows are being shot) is capable of producing slickly made crime and science fiction shows.
Intelligence is part of the cream of the crop. The movie pilot came out in November, 2005 and the regular series was slotted for 13 episodes a year thereafter. The show ran for two years and was canceled in March of 2008, leaving a lot of unhappy fans behind.
An ensemble show of cops and criminals forced into collusion against the world terrorist threat, Intelligence offered some of the best human relationships that BBC’s Spooks (called MI5 in the United States) and twisting setbacks that 24 can offer. I’ve only watched the first season and will be picking up the second, but I can’t believe Canadian Broadcasting made the decision to axe this show. It had everything a crime/drama television fan could want. Star Trek’s franchise shows didn’t have anything on the plot potential and constant, threatened realignment of main characters that Intelligence had working for it.