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AGENT X

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Full Name: Agent X
Nationality: American
Organization: Presidential Agent
Occupation Agent

Creator: W. Blake Herron
Time Span: 2015 - 2015

ABOUT THE SERIES

       John Case is an agent for the Vice President.
       It is not uncommon to be told the exploits of a black-ops agent working under the direction or auspices of the President of the United States but in the matter of John Case, it is for the Second Chair that this operative functions.


       When we first meet him, he is getting a major beating from captors demanding he admit he is a CIA agent or more punishment will be administered. Case, hanging by his wrists while being pummeled, declares he is just a missionary, spreading love and peace, but the captor did not believe him. Certain hostilities ensued. It was afterwards that a newcomer showed up to offer Case a new job.
       The story then picks up four years later.


       A newly inaugurated President has as his running mate now the first elected female Vice President, Natalie Maccabee. It is arriving at her official residence that the President hands her the "official" key to the building. She notices an interesting etching on the large skeleton-ish key, similar to that eyed pyramid on the back of the $1 bill. Later that evening, she notices in the center of the fireplace in the den a similar image and in the center of it a triangular hole which she deduces is fit for the key she was given. Inserting it and turning it opens a panel.
       At that point, the stately and very formal Chief Steward of the residence approaches and leads her to a basement room highly decorated with portraits of the former holders of her office. And it is then that Steward, Malcolm, points out an encased copy of the Constitution. He tells her that it is in fact the original and the only complete copy of the document that has five sections to Article II. When the V.P. points out that Article II has only 4 sections, she is corrected by Malcolm. She is then given a chance to read that hidden Section:
       "An agent of unknown identity is hereby authorized to serve at the discretion of the VP for the purpose of aiding the Republic in time of dire peril."
       Malcolm explains that the Founding Fathers understood that certain emergencies required the "judicious disregard for accepted legal formalities". Giving the Vice President the responsibility of handling this unknown agent afforded the President plausible deniability, some of the Fathers having been lawyers.
       V.P. Maccabee understands she is therefore a "crisis manager of sorts".
       The unknown agent to whom she is introduced is John Case.


       John Case is a good looking man in excellent shape and with considerable training, nearing 40 years of age. He truly enjoys the action his covert work presents him and relishes each mission.
       He has a interesting relationship with his ultimate boss, V.P. Maccabee, for whom he has considerable respect. He also shares an enjoyable-to-watch attitude with Malcolm, that Chief Steward, who acts as Case's handler.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:10
First Appearance:2015
Last Appearance:2015
Network:TNT

REGULAR CAST
Jeff HephnerJohn Case [ 1 ]
Sharon StoneV.P. Natalie Maccabee [ 1 ]
Gerald McRaneyMalcolm Millar [ 1 ]
Jamey SheridanEdwin Stanton [ 1 ]
Mike ColterMiles Lethem [ 1 ]
James Earl JonesChief Justice Caleg Thorne [ 1 ]
1 Pilot
Episode 1-1, first aired 11/08/2015
Director: Peter O'Fallon
Writer: William Blake Herron

VP Maccabee's first mission to use John Case comes shortly after she learns of her new 'job' as crisis manager when the daughter of FBI Director Stanton is kidnapped and it looks like normal means to get her back have failed.

2 The Enemy of My Enemy
Episode 1-2, first aired 11/08/2015
Director: Peter O'Fallon
Writer: William Blake Herron

Terrorist Malik Ahmad, an old opponent of John Case, Agent X, has stolen not only a nice supply of nuclear warheads but also a scientist quite capable of making them usable. To resolve the matter, Case is forced to work with Olga Petrovka, a foreign agent from the previous mission. At the same time, the FBI is looking into John Case.

3 Back in Your Arms
Episode 1-3, first aired 11/15/2015
Director: Peter O'Fallon
Writer: Robert Port

Even as a cabal is hard at work to bring down POTUS, John Case learns that a former girlfriend is mixed up with the group and is in grave danger herself. Case must act on his own to save her.

4 The Devil & John Case
Episode 1-4, first aired 11/22/2015
Director: Felix Enriquez Alcala
Writers: Mark A. Altman, Steven Kriozere

The cabal from the previous mission is the target for John Case and he tracks the leadership to a Mexican town where he finds that the police chief is at war with a powerful drug lord. Meanwhile. the VP is looking into a possible romantic tie between her late husband and the fiancee of her political rival, the Speaker.

5 Truth, Lies and Consequences
Episode 1-5, first aired 11/29/2015
Director: Kevin Bray
Writer: Jesse Alexander

A domestic terror group has control of a biological weapon and is planning on using it so John Case, handled by the VP and Malcolm, have only a very short time to stop them.

6 Sacrifice
Episode 1-6, first aired 12/06/2015
Director: Ute Briesewitz
Writer: Samantha Stratton

John Case is undercover as a Secret Service agent joining the protection team for the VP when, on a secret trip to Mexico, their helicopter is shot down marooning the group in a remote area being hunted by some very dangerous people.

7 Long Walk Home
Episode 1-7, first aired 12/13/2015
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Writer: Robert Port

John Case wakes up as a prisoner in a basement in Odessa. How he got there and who got him there remains a huge mystery. Malcolm is running point on trying to locate him.

8 Angels & Demons
Episode 1-8, first aired 12/20/2015
Director: John Terlesky
Writers: Anslem Richardson, Mark A. Altman, Steven Kriozere

In order to get a chance to steal a dangerous hi-tech weapon, John Case goes in disguise to a reclusive billionaire's island.

9 Penultimatum
Episode 1-9, first aired 12/27/2015
Director: Rod Holcomb
Writer: Jesse Alexander

The weapon hunted in the previous mission is being used by a terrorist to force John Case on a suicide mission for them.

10 Fidelity
Episode 1-10, first aired 12/27/2015
Director: Peter O'Fallon
Writer: William Blake Herron

The President, Vice President and other world leaders are being held in an opera house in Paris and John Case is their best chance of rescue.

MY COMMENTS

     I really enjoyed the action and the dialogue in this show but apparently I was in a minority because it only lasted a very short ten episodes season and was not picked up for a second.
     I had a good time with experienced actor Jeff Hephner as Case and I have been a huge Gerald McRaney fan since his Simon and Simon show a few decades ago (I even enjoyed him as the SOB George Hearst in Deadwood!). And Sharon Stone as the Vice President is never a problem to watch.
     But one season is all we have. Too bad!



GRADE

My Grade: B+

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