Spy series ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ is slick, silly and nothing new

Spy series ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ is slick, silly and nothing new

a present is determined to get your consideration when the climax of the pilot episode includes an exploding tampon.

Welcome to the silly world of “Whiskey Cavalier.” This ABC midseason alternative combines the sort of slick, formulaic plotting favored by this community because the period of “Hart to Hart” with the trendy worldwide intrigue made standard by the stylish BBC series “Killing Eve.”

With areas in Paris and Prague, the backdrops virtually camouflage the corny setup. Take one weepy FBI agent, Will Chase, aka Whiskey Cavalier (Scott Foley, “Scandal”), who’s holed up in his Parisian pad with the standard overdressed set of meals containers and empty cans as a result of his girlfriend dumped him. Ship him on a mission to cease a rogue Facilities for Illness Management worker from wiping out “half of Europe” with a vial of “weaponized Ebola.” Introduce a feminine CIA agent with a male title, Frankie Trowbridge (Lauren Cohan), who’s there to maintain Will — or can we name him “Whiskey”? — from turning into an excessive amount of of a softie. With the “highest killer seize ratio of anyone on the CIA,” she’s the pinnacle to his coronary heart. He reels within the villains along with his folks expertise; she trounces them on the finish along with her indifference to human beings. However their dynamic works each methods. When she takes a bullet (earlier than the tampon explodes), he performs physician. His contact is so soothing she solely screams as soon as when he digs out the bullet.

Earlier than you may say “sexual pressure,” a series is born.

“Whiskey Cavalier” has some issues with its tone. The caper a part of the present is basically lighthearted, with loads of wisecracking from Foley and Cohan, who in all probability joined this present to get a break from the zombies on her final present, AMC’s “The Strolling Useless” (she performed Maggie) — however the violence right here is additionally frequent and graphic. Viewers prepared for a romp is perhaps postpone by the nonstop gunfire. Viewers who’ve embraced extra subtle fare on-line and on cable will discover themselves bored.

There’s nothing flawed with the casting however there’s nothing dynamic about it, both. It’s a hodgepodge of former supporting ABC actors. Foley, aptly described within the script as a “boy scout,” is joined by fellow “Scandal” survivor Bellamy Younger because the spouse of the Episode 2 villain; “Ugly Betty” veteran Ana Ortiz as Will’s pal on the bureau; and “Quantico” actor Josh Hopkins as one other FBI agent who has Will satisfied that they’re associates.

“Whiskey Cavalier” could use phrases like “retinal scans” in its storylines to be able to sound just like the espionage dialogue is updated, however make no mistake: you’ve seen this present a dozen occasions earlier than.

On community TV, that’s not normally an issue — however this present could have bother going past the 13 episodes scheduled to air on ABC.

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