Intelligence Season 1 Review “Patient Zero”

Gabriel and Riley headed to Texas to track down a supposedly-dead killer who had been infected with an experimental virus by a rogue government group. If that feels like a mouthful, it’s because “Patient Zero” was an episode of Intelligence that had a few too many ideas. The result was a collection of interesting concepts that never got a chance to fully develop.

I actually found it interesting to see Intelligence put its agents up against a virus. Of course, in order for the manhunt to have any action, patient zero needed to be some sort of criminal. However, going with a death-row inmate was a little much, especially since it required an entire opening dedicated to his faked execution. Honestly, an entire episode dedicated to finding this kind of criminal, trying to figure out how he faked his death, would be fun to see. Having the virus involved as well, though, led to a lot of convenient plot points, such as the convict’s girlfriend quickly deducing that he was patient zero.

It doesn’t help that the virus plot just felt undercooked all around. With Nelson running the quarantine zone, this could’ve been a great chance to develop his character a bit more. However, all he really got to do was observe how much people dying from the virus sucked; that’s not exactly a distinguishing character trait.

Also, while I don’t imagine Cyber Command deals with biohazards very often, one would think they’d put a little more effort into protecting their one super-agent. They kept repeating that one touch was all it takes to get infected, and yet Riley had a hard time getting Gabriel to even wear a pair of gloves. I just kept wondering why Lillian wouldn’t have them both in the same safety suits as the enemy agents, especially after the scolded them for going into the first house at all.

Lastly, the whole “government conspiracy” angle was played up again this week. This is the third time in a row they’ve incorporated corrupt government officials into the show, and it’s getting just a bit exhausted. Last week, they at least had the introduction of Lillian’s father to spice things up; here, it was just a random general making trouble. Ultimately, all of these disparate elements failed to add up to anything special, making for a lackluster episode.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!