A great new show about undercover FBI agents

This popular TV show is actually pretty good, even though it tries to present the FBI as warm and cuddly, and as people who will bend the rules to help out the kids of errant drug dealers. Fictional indeed. It’s set in Southern California, where undercover cops from all the major initials are represented, namely the DEA, FBI, and Customs, and are living in a confiscated house on the beach. It claims it’s based on actual events, where the FBI started to run operations from property previously belonging to some drug kingpin. It does sound plausible, but the situations our heroes get themselves in and out of are a different matter. It isn’t a big deal but these days are the age of the real, meaning people want to know that what they see is possible.

The pilot was as good as I’d expected, but it lacked the edge the likes of The Wire has, but It isn’t that type of show I suppose. We have a rookie Mike (Aaron Tveit, Les Misérables), who has just been transferred to Graceland, and now must try to fit in, and learn the politics of the house. Mike has heard of their senior officer Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata, The Dark Knight Rises) and looks up to him, but is shocked to find out what his hero is like in real life. Paul sleeps late and surfs as often as possible, but when it’s time to go to work, he’s unbeatable.

Mike finally gets the chance to prove himself, but ends up in over his head, in a deal to save the lives of the family of the drug dealer they had recently arrested, Mike has to kill someone. The real question is, who has he to kill, and can he even do it?

Grade: B+ (8/10)

Review by E. Blackadder, special to Influx Magazine