Full Name: Gabriel Vaughn
Series Name: Intelligence
Nationality: American
Organization: U.S. Cyber Command
Occupation Agent

Creator: Michael Seitzman
Time Span: 2014 - 2014


Gabriel Vaughn is an agent with the U.S. Cyber Command.

That ultra-classified government department is headquartered in a state-of-the-art new facility every bit as fitting to the newness of its mandate as one would imagine, complete with an array of very impressive shiny domes atop its large structure, purpose of said orbs unspecified but certainly connected to its job of monitoring the cyber world.

It is run by the highly experience and tough-as-nails Lillian Strand who has more than paid her dues over the years and earned her leadership position. While some might think she is subordinate to better known intelligence agencies like the CIA, the first words we hear her speak in that initial recorded adventure puts an end to that when she tells someone on the phone clearly and succinctly, "I do not work for Langley" adding her instructions must come from "1600", i.e., the White House.

In addition to the many and varied projects that CyberCom has going to help protect the United states in the modern Internet world, she is in charge of "Clockwork", this generation's version of the Manhattan Project. As Strand explains to newcomer, Secret Service agent Riley Neal, "While other agencies have been trying to make artificial intelligence more human, we gave a human the kind of power that had previously only been found in a machine. We created a man who's the first of his kind - an advanced intelligence agent." To be more descriptive, "we connected a human being directly to the information grid - Internet, WIFI, telephone, satellite" making that agent "the most valuable piece of technology this country has ever created."

That agent/technology is Vaughn, former Delta Force, Tier One, five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Strand tells Neal that Vaughn is a "hero"; she adds he is also reckless, unpredictable, and insubordinate and very much in need of someone qualified to "babysit him" (his words, not hers but she did not really argue).

"Gabriel Vaughn is a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel is the first human ever to be connected directly into the globalized information grid. He can get into any of its data centers and access key intel files in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies."

Vaughn is a tall, well-muscled man in peak physical condition; a blond-haired chisel-faced handsome man with very much a mind of his own and his own agenda. While he is extremely patriotic and very much wanting to serve his country yet again, he also is searching for his missing CIA-agent wife who went missing years before while infiltrating a terrorist group which would carry out a horrific attack at a hotel in Mumbai, India. Vaughn is dealing with the likelihood that she turned and willingly helped in that massacre and takes his newfound abilities to learn the truth.

The Riley Neal mentioned above is the security expert pulled from the President's protection detail to be that babysitter that Strand is certain Vaughn desperately needs. The job of this still young and quite attractive woman is to keep him alive and on track so he can do his job.

Good Lines:
-Regarding the CyberCom's penchant for abbreviations, Vaughn quips, "Nobody around here uses any more syllables than they have to."


Number of Books:1
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2014

The book listed below as #0 is not in the Intelligence series but is listed because it is mentioned in closing credits of the show's pilot as being "based" on it.

0 Phoenix Island Phoenix Island
Written by Michael Seitzman
Copyright: 2014

This is not in the Intelligence series but the pilot mentions that it was "Based on the book Phoenix Island by John Dixon".
A rebellious 16-year-old, Carl Freeman bounced from one foster home to another until his temper coupled with his dislike of bullies lands him in juvie. He is sent to the horrific Phoenix Island detention area. There he will be chosen as a candidate for the Chop Shop - "a secret government lab where Carl is given something he never dreamed of" - something that puts him as the key attraction in the future of combat intelligence.
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Number of Episodes:13
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2014

Josh HollowayGabriel Vaughn [ 1 ]
Marg HelgenbergerLillian Strand [ 1 ]
Meghan OryRiley Neal [ 1 ]
Michael RadyChris Jameson [ 1 ]
John BillingsleyShenendoah Cassidy [ 1 ]

1 Pilot
Episode S1-1, first aired 01/07/2014
Director: David Semel
Writer: Michael Seitzman

Secret Service Agent Riley Neal is brought into the U.S. Cyber Command and tasked by Lillian Strand with the assignment of protecting Gabriel Vaughn , an ex–Delta Force operative with a chip implanted in his brain that allows him to access the global information grid. The U.S. Cyber Command investigates the kidnapping of one of its top scientists Shenendoah Cassidy in relation to a second chip being created, and Gabriel searches for his missing wife.

2 Red X
Episode S1-2, first aired 01/13/2014
Director: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Aaron Ginsburg, Wade McIntyre

After a suicide bomber blows up a U.S. Marine outpost in the Khost Province of Afghanistan with an undetectable bomb he ingested, the U.S. Cyber Command is tasked with investigating the threat of a second attack using the same type of explosives. Meanwhile, in the process of investigating, Gabriel meets face to face with his missing wife for the first time since she went undercover.

3 Mei Chen Returns
Episode S1-3, first aired 01/20/2014
Director: Stephen Williams
Writer: Shintaro Shimosawa

Gabriel and Riley are tasked with finding Kate Anderson, a high level CIA analyst who fled the country with sensitive intelligence, before it falls into the wrong hands. Meanwhile, Gabriel discovers that Mei Chen is alive after her operation and has the capability to be inside his mind using her new and improved chip.

4 Secrets of the Secret Service
Episode S1-4, first aired 01/27/2014
Director: Rob Bailey
Writer: Matthew Lau

Gabriel and his team are assigned to rescue two freelance journalists captured by the Syrian Armed Forces before they are executed on national television. Meanwhile Riley must work with her ex-boyfriend and the truth about their past is revealed.

5 The Rescue
Episode S1-5, first aired 02/03/2014
Director: Alrick Riley
Writer: Barry O'Brien

Gabriel and Riley search for the daughter of a senator and her friend, who have been kidnapped by Hector, the boss of a Mexican cartel, who demands that the senator ends the sale of a U.S. spy satellite to Mexico in exchange for the safety of his daughter and her friend.

6 Patient Zero
Episode S1-6, first aired 02/10/2014
Director: Adam Davidson
Writer: Michael Seitzman

Gabriel and the CyberCom are tasked to investigate the outbreak of a deadly virus in Texas caused by a man who was thought to have been executed for killing two police officers. In the process they discover a conspiracy involving the Defense Intelligence Agency's research chief into bioweapons.

7 Size Matters
Episode S1-7, first aired 02/17/2014
Director: Alrick Riley
Writer: Shintaro Shimosawa

Worldwide, scientists working on nanotechnology and artificial intelligence are mysteriously dying of internal bleeding, which are caused by nanites. When one of their prime suspects is also killed, the suspicions turns to one of the Doc's former students. Doc himself gets infected but after some tense moments they are able to save him. Meanwhile Gabriel and Riley go for a late night snack.

8 Delta Force
Episode S1-8, first aired 02/24/2014
Director: David Von Ancken
Writers: Aaron Ginsburg, Wade McIntyre

When several members of Bolivian government's opposition are assassinated, Gabriel and the team are sent to protect the last one, the candidate preferred by the U.S. government. It is learned that the assassin was Gabriel's best friend and a former Delta Force operator. However, things are not what they seem, and they join forces to protect the candidate and the U.S. Under-Secretary of State.

9 Athens
Episode S1-9, first aired 03/03/2014
Director: Bill Eagles
Writer: Matthew Lau

Jin Cong escapes from prison in China. He unleashes an EMP on CyberCom, causing Gabriel to receive amnesia through the chip, and captures the complex, intent on retrieving the Athens list, a list of children with the same genetic mutation required to operate the chip. Worse yet, he alters CyberCom files to manipulate Gabriel into working for his side.

10 Cain and Gabriel
Episode S1-10, first aired 03/10/2014
Director: Ken Biller
Writer: Pamela Davis

The Witness Protection Database has been hacked and the perpetrator begins blackmailing individuals from the list into making a paralytic chemical bomb, sending Gabriel, Riley, and Lillian to San Francisco to track him down.

11 The Grey Hat
Episode S1-11, first aired 03/17/2014
Director: Tim Hunter
Writer: Heidi Cole McAdams

When an advanced cyber-worm infiltrates a power grid in Los Angeles, Gabriel and Riley are tasked with tracking down the elusive hacker and preventing a nuclear meltdown.

12 The Event Horizon
Episode S1-12, first aired 03/24/2014
Director: Russell Lee Fine
Writers: Barry Schindel, Michael Seitzman

When the former intelligence head of CENTCOM, the deputy director of the FBI and his bodyguard are assassinated, U.S. CyberCom is asked to look into it. But when Gabriel cyber-renders the last few minutes of the CCTV footage, he sees himself in it. The DNI places Gabriel in 'protective custody' to see if the chip was hacked and whether Gabriel was 'remote-controlled' into doing it. But Gabriel and Riley escape and along with the rest of the team, they catch Mei-Chen. But when the team meets Lillian, Gabriel is shot and someone tries to shoot Mei Chen. Mei Chen then reveals that she was hired by someone in the U.S. Government to frame Gabriel.

13 Being Human
Episode S1-13, first aired 03/31/2014
Director: Stephen Williams
Writers: Michael Seitzman, Barry Schindel

Continuing from the previous episode, a wounded Gabriel directs Riley and Mei Chen to the house of his mother, a former combat nurse. While his mother treats his bullet wound, Mei Chen and Gabriel co-render. Mei Chen reveals that a governor and possible presidential nominee could be the target of an assassination. It is later revealed that Weatherly, the Director of National Intelligence, is a sleeper agent for Iran, and he is the one behind everything. As he attempts to kill the governor, Gabriel and Riley arrest him. Later, Mei Chen is contracted to kill Weatherly in his floating prison by Leland Strand, Lillian's father.


My first reason for liking this series had nothing to do with its spy-ness but because it had the incredible Marg Helgenberger as one of its stars; her playing the hard but human director of the organization was terrific as she is a fantastic actor capable of showing both soft and hard sides.

I really liked the main character, too, as Gabriel Vaughn is tough as nails but ethical and understandable.

Toss in the fact that the plots were well written and acted and the locales varied and interesting and it was a show I really enjoyed viewing.

Unfortunately not enough other people thought that so ... It was a pity.


My Grade: A-


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