Intelligence Season 1 Review “Size Matters”

After a fairly dull episode last week, Intelligence rebounded with the entertaining “Size Matters.” Featuring a worthy future tech adversary for Cyber Command, this episode saw a Gabriel questioning himself more than ever in the face of both admiration and terror from a number of artificial intelligence experts.

Up until this point, Gabriel has been a bit bland in his characterization, either being obsessed with his missing wife in the first few episodes or playing the role of snarky government agent on the case-of-the-week episode. Here, though, we saw that Gabriel isn’t always happy to know everything at all times. He wants to be able to have a normal conversation with Riley and his fellow teammates, but he always knows more about them than he would care to. He’s got a “big brother” style eye on them at all times in order to make sure they’re safe, but it makes it hard to interact with them on a personal level.

It makes sense that Gabriel would be having these regrets. He took the chip in order to find his wife. Now that she’s dead, he’s questioning that decision, especially in the face of how chaotic and dangerous future tech like the chip and nanotechnology can be. The debate into transhumanism didn’t delve too deep here, but it was interesting to see the topic broached from both positive and negative side. And it was certainly better than the whole Mei Chen argument of religious destiny, so it gets points for not making me roll my eyes right out of my head.

As much as I enjoyed this episode, there were still some issues that left me questioning the intelligence of Cyber Command. Much like last week’s episode, despite the unknown factors involved with the deadly nanobots, Lillian was willing to put Gabriel in rather close proximity to the victims and alleged creator. Again, he’s the next level of technology, but he’s allowed to dip his hands right into infected, potentially-deadly blood while Shenendoah and Nelson have to wear full encounter suits.

Similarly, when the team realizes that it was Brice behind the attacks, they didn’t think to put Shenendoah, an obvious target, on lockdown? Problems aside, though, this was a solid outing for Intelligence. After a weak start, the show has found its voice and is telling the type of future tech stories that other procedurals can’t.