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JAKE 2.0

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Full Name: Jake Foley
Nationality: American
Organization: NSA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Silvio Horta
Time Span: 2003 - 2004

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Jake Foley is an agent with the NSA.
       He will be, soon after we meet him in the first recorded adventure. Initially, however, he is in the IT department responsible for keeping the myriad computer systems on which the government intelligence agency relies on so much. He had twice before tried to get moved to a more active position in the group but both times he was turned down. Which is why our first contact shows him called upon to fix machines in a couple different parts of the large facility.
       Even in his personal life, when a good looking woman he went to college with asks him over to her place on a Saturday, he quickly discovers it is to take a look at her wonky PC, not to spend quality time with her.
       Don't get the idea, though, that this is some Sad Sack being always put down and feeling morose. Foley is a pretty happy guy with friends and a life and a job that he not only enjoys but is also extremely good at. He just would not mind something with a little 'more'. Be careful what you wish for.
       In that initial adventure, he is in a highly restricted laboratory working as requested on yet another malcontent computer when his life changes forever. It is important to remember that while his job is "just IT" and not something glamorous like he would have enjoyed, his security clearance level is through the roof so he can go wherever a computer or network needs mending. Hence his presence in that lab where research of the highest classification was being performed.
       It was there that a very greedy traitor arrived to get the latest data on that project. Unfortunately, Foley was there as well and mayhem ensued and shots were fired by the traitor and a container was pierced and the product of that research released, entering his bloodstream via shrapnel. The contents were nanobots and they went crazy inside him and through technology far beyond me changed him quickly and completely.
       These 'nanites', as they are called, give him superhuman abilities including the power to control nearby technology with his brain. His strength is incredible, his speed almost lightning fast, his senses greatly enhanced.
       Since this technology was done by the NSA, Foley became their newest agent. He got his wish after all, just not at all like he had imagined.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:16
First Appearance:2003
Last Appearance:2004
Network:UPN

REGULAR CAST
Christopher GorhamJake Foley [ 1 ]
Keegan Connor TracyDiane Hughes [ 1 ]
Marina BlackSarah Carter [ 1 ]
Philip Anthony-RodriguezKyle Duarte [ 1 ]
Judith ScottDeputy Director Beckett [ 1 ]

     This show did not last very long before its home network, UPN, pulled the plug on it. Out of the 16 episodes listed below, only twelve were actually aired on network. (I take some pleasure in the fact that the network did not survive much longer, either.)
     The unaired 4 episodes were shown in the UK and later the entire series would get re-aired by the Syfy Channel. All 16 would be contained in the DVD box set release.
     According to Wikipedia, there were three more episodes planned but never produced. They were titled: The Fix, Libra, and Nano-A-Nano.


1 The Tech
Episode 1-01, first aired 09/10/2003
Director: Robert Lieberman
Writer: Silvio Horta

IT Tech Jake Foley was called to fix a computer in an NSA lab. Unfortunately his visit coincided with that of a traitor trying to steal vital research. He avoids getting killed but is infected with nanobots and soon those "nanites" will give him incredible abilities.

2 Training Day
Episode 1-02, first aired 09/17/2003
Director: David Greenwalt
Writers: David Greenwalt, Grant Scharbo

Now in training to be an agent, Jake Foley's initial progress, or lack thereof, worries his superiors but then while helping to locate a stolen EMP bomb, he discovers it is hidden in the NSA and set to go off.

3 Cater Waiter
Episode 1-03, first aired 09/24/2003
Director: Harry Winer
Writer: Silvio Horta

On his first mission as an agent, Jake Foley is undercover as a catering waiter at the Chinese Embassy, backing up a senior agent out to recover stolen plans.

4 Arms and the Girl
Episode 1-04, first aired 10/01/2003
Director: Milan Cheylov
Writer: Mark Wilding

To help locate a powerful arms dealer, Jake Foley is assigned to monitor the man's daughter, a art restoration specialist. Foley will begin to suspect she is more than she appears.

5 The Good, the Bad, and the Geeky
Episode 1-05, first aired 10/08/2003
Director: David Barrett
Writer: Javier Grillo-Marxuach

Catching a computer hacker who has ripped off $2million from the Federal Reserve is just the beginning of this mission for Jake Foley. He learns the suspect was heading to a meeting of other hackers out to join together for an even bigger theft.

6 Last Man Standing
Episode 1-06, first aired 10/15/2003
Director: David Barrett
Writers: Grant Scharbo, Gina Matthews

Jake Foley gets permission to fly to attend a friend's wedding. His friend Diane joins him as his plus one. At the festivities, Foley becomes certain that a fellow guest has poisoned him to get hold of the nanites.

7 Jerry 2.0
Episode 1-07, first aired 10/29/2003
Director: Leslie Libman
Writer: Dave Johnson

After he captures a man planting a bomb on a subway, Jake Foley becomes the target of the man's father. Foley's younger brother comes to visit and is mistaken for Foley and kidnapped.

8 Middleman
Episode 1-08, first aired 11/05/2003
Director: Michael Grossman
Writer: Jesse Stern

When the NSA learns that a foreign agent is out to get hold of the nanite technology, they go to extra efforts to protect Foley, not knowing the real target is Diane.

9 Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot
Episode 1-09, first aired 11/12/2003
Director: Allan Kroeker
Writer: Javier Grillo-Marxuach

The thest of a nuclear weapon at a military base brings NSA agents to investigate. Jake Foley's role is to join a strange group of assassins.

10 The Spy Who Really Liked Me
Episode 1-10, first aired 11/19/2003
Director: David Straiton
Writer: Mark Wilding

A highly classified biological weapon has been stolen. Jake Foley is one of those investigating when he meets a beautiful woman at a bar and strikes up a conversation. She, of course, is not what she seems.

11 Prince and the Revolution
Episode 1-11, first aired 12/10/2003
Director: Jorge Montesi
Writer: Dave Johnson

Jake Foley is pondering giving up his new life as an agent when he is assigned a mission as bodyguard for the son of a king of a country undergoing a civil war.

12 Double Agent
Episode 1-12, first aired 12/17/2003
Director: David Barrett
Writers: David Greenwalt, Silvio Horta

To get help catching a former KGB agent turned terrorist, Jake Foley convinces his bosses to reactivate a retired agent for a meeting in Atlantic City. That's when the retired agent begins to act bizarrely.

13 Blackout
Episode 1-13, first aired 01/16/2004
Director: Milan Cheylov
Writer: Jesse Stern

After Jake Foley stops a computer virus from infecting all of the NSA, he tracks down the hacker but then falls victim to the man and his girl friend, out to sell Foley to the highest bidder.

14 Get Foley
Episode 1-14, first aired 01/23/2004
Director: Adam Davidson
Writer: Javier Grillo-Marxuach

Still suffering amnesia aquired in the previous assignment, Jake Foley becomes understandably nervous when he learns that government agents are looking for him.

15 Dead Man Talking
Episode 1-15, first aired 01/30/2004
Director: Leslie Libman
Writer: Mark Wilding

An agent Jake Foley's supervisor had worked with and thought long dead has resurfaced. Foley and team must learn where the man has been and what he is up to now.

16 Upgrade
Episode 1-16, first aired 02/06/2004
Director: Stephen Miner
Writers: David Greenwalt, Silvio Horta

A Nobel Prize winning activist has been targeted by an obsure but deadly band of assassins. When one attempt almost works, Jake Foley upgrades his nanites to 3.0.

MY COMMENTS

     It will come as no surprise to those who have followed the My Comments of the many series I have entered, I am a tech geek fanatic. This comes because of my day-job as a computer programmer but it reaches far beyond my actual skill level. Throw in the obvious fascination I have for glamorous agents and it is easy to see this is a no-brainer for me to love it.
     Unfortunately, I was in the minority. It seems I often am with such things. I loved the heck out of this series and watched each episode with glee. And then it went away. Not enough people felt like I did.
     Jake is an every-man, albeit tech savvy big time. Then he is enhanced with nanobots and suddenly he is a one-of-kind. He could become the perfect NSA operative - except he is no trained at all. He has the new skills that make him so desirable but he has no experience in using them. That makes things really fun to follow.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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