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CHAOS

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Full Name: Chaos
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agency

Creator: Tom Spezialy
Time Span: 2011 - 2011

ABOUT THE SERIES

       CHAOS is a division of the CIA.
       The acronym came about as a play on the actual name of the department: Clandestine Administration and Oversight Services. The CAOS became affectionately known as CHAOS by some of its team members.
       Rick Martinez, a former news agent, had trained his whole life to be an agent but just as he is getting a shot at a position with the Agency in the Core Collector Training program, budget cuts eliminated that program on his first day. Expressing his considerable disappointment, Martinez sparks an idea in the mind of the Director of CAOS to put him with the small team known as the Office of Disruptive Services (ODS). With considerable deviousness, though, the Director insists that Martinez be a mole and spy on the ODS members, whom the Director less than trusts or likes.
       With considerable reluctance, Martinez agrees. Luckily the ODS team members are already onto the Director's plan and decide to accept Martinez nevertheless. Well, a tad more accurately, they set him up to unwittingly hand a known Russian agent a sealed envelope, filming the whole event, and then letting Martinez know that if he rats the team out, they will help bury him. Welcome to team, Martinez!
       Thankfully for Martinez, all will be forgiven and the team of 3 becomes 4.
       The ODS was established during the Reagan Administration to bring back the idea that a single small team could identity a problem, come up with a plan, and then implement said plan all as one. The member proudly acknowledge that they are the last of the "old time spooks", which is likely the main reason the Director resents them and wants to find enough dirt on them to end their independence. Unfortunately for the Director, the remaining ODS team still have friends in high places and have avoided his attempts to disband them but all it would take would be one major screw-up and the ODS team could fall. Hence the mole plan.
       While so far the emphasis has been on Martinez, and for the most part will stay there, the other members of the ODS team are vital to the success of their missions and are quite interesting as well. They are:


Michael Dorset - he is referred to as the "Properly Paranoid Leader". It is his role to do the majority of planning for a mission and to direct the others. He is 'properly paranoid' because he is distrustful of most people and things and as such, when usually proven right in his suspicions, nearly always has a Plan B and C to help out.
Billy Collins - called the "Scottish Mr. Exposition". He was a valued member of the British MI6 until he was, well, allowed to go elsewhere (i.e., deported). His TV trope name of Mr. Exposition comes from his penchant for always explaining to the new guy what is going on and why. Since the new guy, Martinez, is new and green, this is often very useful, not to mention an aid to those of us watching the action. Collins, with his sexy Scottish brogue and his sweet-talking charm, is decidedly a lady's man and is very useful in a lot of situations.
Casey Malick - he is called by his colleagues a "Human Weapon" and a "One-Man Army" and though he does not look particularly vicious or at all capable of filling that role, watching him in action taking on a lot of guys at the same time and able to use anything at hand for a weapon, it is easy to see why he has such a deserved reputation.


       Also playing interesting parts in the adventures are Fay Carson, a fellow operative though not part of the ODS. She is Dorset's ex-wife and expresses interest in Martinez though that might be at the behest of the Director, and Adele Ferrer, newly established Deputy Director and a useful ally, at times.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:13
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2011
Network:CBS

REGULAR CAST
Freddy RodriguezRick Martinez [ 1 ]
James MurrayBilly Collins [ 1 ]
Tim Blake NelsonCasey Malick [ 1 ]
Eric CloseMichael Dorset [ 1 ]
Kurtwood SmithNCS Director Higgins [ 1 ]
Christina ColeNCS Deputy Director Ferrer [ 1 ]
Carmen EjogoIntelligence Officer Fay Carson [ 1 ]
1 Pilot
Episode 1-1, first aired 04/01/2011
Director: Brett Ratner
Writer: Tom Spezialy

Even though the three members of the team new guy Rick Martinez is assigned to know he's been put in to spy on them, he is still allowed to take part in a mission when a hostage situation arises in Sudan.

2 Song of the North
Episode 1-2, first aired 04/08/2011
Director: Ron Underwood
Writer: Jace Richdale

A North Korean diplomat has a meltdown at the UN but Rick Martinez offers to have the Agency help him defect. Then, unfortunately, the man demands that the CIA also smuggle his family out of North Korea. To do this, the team attend the Pyongyang Film Festival as a film crew.

3 Love and Rockets
Episode 1-3, first aired 04/15/2011
Director: Ron Underwood
Writers: Matt Ward, David Gerken

To capture a major arms dealer in Russian the CHAOS team pose as lawyers sent to work with him. Complicating things immensely are his two grown daughters who have taken fancies to Rick and Billy.

4 Two Percent
Episode 1-4, first aired 05/28/2011
Director: Jeff Melman
Writer: Chris Dingess

Casey has some issues when the latest mission is to head into China to rescue a female spy who has been compromised. Since the woman turns out to be his old girlfriend, the Chaos team agrees to finish her assignment - tracking a major terrorist.

5 Mole
Episode 1-5, first aired 05/28/2011
Director: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Tom Spezialy, Bruce Zimmerman

With everyone suspected of being a mole at work in the department, the facility is on lockdown. Unfortunately, a foreign agent is in danger and needs saving so the ODS team must find a way around the quarantee.

6 Eaten by Wolves
Episode 1-6, first aired 06/04/2011
Director: Bryan Spicer
Writer: Katie Ford

While taking on a cover American tourists in Russia to find brides, the ODS team is in that country to locate a scientist selling nuclear material.

7 Remote Control
Episode 1-7, first aired 06/11/2011
Director: Fred Gerber
Writers: Katie Ford, Vivian Lee

When French Intelligence catch the team from CHAOS operating in their country, the men have to shut down the op. They still need to stop a suspected terror attack, though.

8 Core Fortitude
Episode 1-8, first aired 06/18/2011
Director: David Straiton
Writer: Tom Spezialy

The ODS team has gone against explicit orders while trying to bring down an arms dealer. Now Rick Martinez has to decide if he goes along or reports them to the Director.

9 Defending Sophia
Episode 1-9, first aired 06/25/2011
Director: Fred Gerber
Writers: Chris Black, Bruce Zimmerman

A cold-war era general, currently the President of the Balkan country of Rukovia, wants to steal the election from a reformist candidate. The ODS team wants to stop that.

10 Glory Days
Episode 1-10, first aired 06/25/2011
Director: Sarah Pia Anderson
Writers: Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters

When an ex-ODS member learns of a company selling national secrets to terrorists, he reports it to the team. Unfortunately, the Director's hatred of the team keeps him from believing the intel.

11 Deep Cover Band
Episode 1-11, first aired 07/02/2011
Director: Oz Scott
Writer: Dan E. Fesman

Taking on the role of drug dealers pandering to the punk rock music scene in Germany, the ODS team is really there to extricate a CIA operative in danger. It gets complicated when the agent wants his girl to come with him.

12 Mincemeat
Episode 1-12, first aired 07/09/2011
Director: Ron Underwood
Writer: Ed Zuckerman

A dying Middle East President has to choose between his hard-line son and his reformist son. The ODS would prefer to see the latter and comes up with a plan to help nudge that along.

13 Proof of Life
Episode 1-13, first aired 07/16/2011
Director: Jerry Levine
Writers: Chris Black, Bruce Zimmerman

To complete a mission in Panama involving another ex-ODS member, the team must have the use of some good counterfeit currency. That puts them at great odds with the Secret Service.

MY COMMENTS

     I watched the first several of these shows and absolutely adored them. That meant, as I have said about other shows with a similar fate, the show was doomed.
     I read one critic chastising it for being a dramedy when it should have picked one direction and gone with it. I disagree because the drama was largely in the form of tense situations needing action, which I thought there was lots of, and the comedy was needed because the show was never intended to take itself too seriously. Of course, that is all IMHO.
     The last few episodes I did not see and have been working at getting hold of them because unlike the network executive(s) who canned the show far too soon, I liked it.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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