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ROBYN MCCALL

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Full Name: Robyn McCall
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Andrew Marlowe, Terri Edda Miller
Time Span: 2021 - 2021

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Robyn McCall is an agent with the CIA.
       Was. Definitely was. Sometimes still is but not really and darn straight not officially.
       Mostly she is 'The Equalizer'.
       When she is not mother to a teenage daughter who usually does not want a mother but who most definitely still needs one.


       "Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background, uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall comes across to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her 15-year-old daughter, Delilah. But to a trusted few, she is "The Equalizer" -- an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who's also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption."
       So says the promo for this woman's adventures.


       What we know from watching those adventures is that McCall had until very recently been an operative with the CIA and was considered to be one of their very best. Dissatisfaction with the way they did business plus regret for having always been away from her daughter on missions with the Agency considered vital but which she was less than thrilled with caused her to decide to walk away from her employment; that and she had more than a little regret over some of the things she had had to do as their agent.
       She did not plan on this new vocation of being the one to turn to when the odds were against them. She was just in the right spot when a young woman in grave trouble needed some help. Being that help made her feel a whole lot better about herself than she had for some time and she decided helping was a whole lot better than hurting. Mind you, helping invariably means going up against some very nasty people who in turn invariably could use some hurting.


       McCall is not totally alone when it comes to helping others.
       William Bishop, the man who trained her and was her handler for quite some time lives in and operates out of New York City where McCall also lives, is around to lend a hand or an assault team or a clean-up detail if really needed. He is also likely to ask a quid-pro-quo for his assistance so while their friendship remains high, McCall knows calling on him can require pay-back. Apparently (I am not 100% certain) he is now "retired" from the CIA and has his own private security company but if so, the Agency is certainly his biggest client.
       Melody "Mel" Bayani is a former U.S. Air Force sniper who owns a bar in the Big Apple and it is in the basement of that establishment that the "nerve center" for the operations is located. Besides being excellent with a long gun, she is quite good up close with her legs and arms.
       Harry Keshegian is the husband of Bayani and is an extremely skilled hacker who got into trouble with some very nasty people and needed to disappear. He faked his own death, with the help of McCall (before we met them all) and now tends to not want to leave that basement where he has a very nice computer system set up.
       Marcus Dante is an NYPD detective who is officially on the trail of a vigilante, McCall, but who reluctantly provides occasional assistance to, and received occasional assistance from, McCall. 
       
       Providing moral support and guidance is her Aunt Vi, who now lives with McCall and Delilah and is there with very intelligent and down-to-earth advice.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:6
First Appearance:2021
Last Appearance:2021
Network:CBS

REGULAR CAST
Queen LatifahRobyn McCall [ 1 ]
Chris NothWilliam Bishop [ 1 ]
Adam GoldbergHarry Keshegian [ 1 ]
Lorraine ToussaintAunt Vi [ 1 ]
Liza LapiraMelody Bayani [ 1 ]
1 The Equalizer
Episode 1-1, first aired 02/07/2021
Director: Liz Friedlander
Writers: Andrew Marlowe, Terri Edda Miller

Robyn McCall, an enigmatic former CIA operative, must use her extensive skills to help a teenager accused of murder and on the run from the criminals who framed her for her crime.

2 Glory
Episode 1-2, first aired 02/14/2021
Director: Liz Friedlander
Writers: Andrew Marlowe, Terri Edda Miller

McCall helps a mother whose son is being held hostage by traffickers.

3 Judgment Day
Episode 1-3, first aired 02/21/2021
Director: Solvan Naim
Writer: Erica Shelton

McCall endeavors to help an escaped prison wrongly accursed of murder who is too distrustful of the justice system that failed him to accept her aid.

4 It Takes A Village
Episode 1-4, first aired 02/28/2021
Director: Randy Zisk
Writer: Joseph C. Wilson

McCall investigates a community activist's staged suicide and uncovers a connection between his murder and his protests over local real estate development.

5 The Milk Run
Episode 1-5, first aired 03/28/2021
Director: Peter Leto
Writer: Keith Eisner

When McCall tries to locate a missing British mathematician, she finds herself embroiled in an international fight for a revolutionary financial technology.

6 The Room Where It Happens
Episode 1-6, first aired 04/04/2021
Director: Stephanie A. Marquardt
Writer: Zoe Robyn

Robyn McCall provides help to a despondent college student who is being threatened by someone inside the campaign office of an up-and-coming politician. To assist, Mel goes undercover inside the office. Meanwhile, McCall is concerned about Delilah's hanging with a young girl who did time.

MY COMMENTS

       I have been a Queen Latifah fan for years. I have not seen everything she has done but I've seen a lot and loved it all. I was also a huge, huge fan of the original 80's show starring Edward Woodward, having been a fan of his from his earlier incarnation as David Callan. When I heard that she was going to head a re-imagining of the show, I was behind it from the get-go.
       Woodward's Robert McCall was a 55-year old man who had retired from a governmental intelligence agency with a need to give back to society. Latifah's Robyn McCall is a 51-year old woman with the same attitude.
       Both incarnations show abilities learned over years of action the skills necessary to take on much younger and more athletic people and come out on top. And both actors are able to pull it off convincingly enough to make me not care if it is reasonable. Denzel Washington's interpretation of the character in the two excellent movies does very much the same if not even better.


       I hope this show makes it for a few years. If so, I will be there every showing enjoying the heck out of the Queen.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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