Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Alas Agent X, it's been fun

With news of its cancellation, Agent X is cut short in its tracks. Based on how widely panned it was (both from viewers AND people who get paid to watch and write about TV), I can't say I was terribly surprised - even with Sharon Stone (her first TV role since SVU) and James Earl Jones's combined star power (depending on how old you are, I suppose), this show still got canned. 

For what it's worth, Agent X is one of those shows where you just strap in and enjoy the ride. The premise alone is already a bit the 3 8..
In times of extreme crisis, when traditional law and government aren't in a position to help, there is an unseen hand that works to protect this country and its citizens from all manner of threats by any means necessary. Hidden from the view of the public -- and even from the President -- there is a top secret agent who is trained and ready to serve, deployed only at the careful discretion of the Vice President. This is Agent X.
Basically in this show's mythology, there are two versions of the US Constitution - the one that most people know about, and the other containing an additional section that says that the VP gets their own agent who's work not even the President can be privy to (plausible deniability) for cases that the other agencies can't handle. (I laughed when someone mentioned that's why the VP doesn't seem to do much else otherwise)

For how shoddily shot the pilot was (everyone who saw it noticed the noticeably bad continuity goof with the bad guy's shoulder wound that moved from one side to the other), it was also the most informative. 

They've taken bits from so many other shows and movies I pretty much lost count: the National Treasure movies (the "secret" Constitution), the Bond movies, Batman (the VP's chief steward who is also Agent X's nurse/tech support/handler/transport, the subterranean ops centre)... 

According to the Wikipedia page, there's 10 planned episodes, but I don't know if they managed to tie up the loose ends by the end of the 10 episodes, or if they'll even air the remaining episodes (three left as of last week). Guess we'll have to wait and see.