Recaps for Chaos (2011)

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CHAOS “Love and Rockets” Review

CHAOS "Love and Rockets" Season 1 Episode 3 -  Remember that guy who hangs around in the lobby and halls, accosting Rick to tell him about how he has no job but is still officially employed by the CIA? That’s Blanke, and he gets a leading role this week, accompanying the ODS on a mission to an ex-soviet state. A mission he put together. Obviously things weren’t going  to go to plan. The original aim of detaining a warlord ended up being altered to include ‘obtain and remove dirty bombs’ and ‘get said warlord’s daughters new identities in a safe country’. But this is the ODS – they thrive on challenges. All three objectives are carried out, everyone gets home safe , and Billy even gets a date out of it. Sweet. This was a great episode. The involvement of Blanke in the mission was a surprising change of pace (it’s only episode 3 and it already feels odd to have someone replaced), but if anything Casey’s minimal screentime only served to make his character even funnier. (I would like to have seen the aftermath of the initial experiment, though. What did he do to the rat?) Read More... //

CHAOS “Song of the North” Review

CHAOS "Song of the North" Season 1 Episode 2 -  When a North Korean diplomat, Song, accidentally makes a show  of support for action against his own country , the ODS team is sent in to convince him to defect. But Song refuses; his wife will be killed if he defects and leaves her in North Korea. So Rick promises him that his wife will be brought to the US. Of course, this is easier said than done – especially as the ODS don’t have permission for the mission. They go ahead with it anyway and face off against mounting obstacles such as Song’s wife wanting to bring her sister’s family with her, a change of plans which will take them over the border into China, and Song himself refusing to allow the new plan to go ahead. Everything works out in the end, though, and Song and his wife are reunited for their new life in the US. Read More... //

CHAOS “Pilot” Review

CHAOS "Pilot" Season 1 Episode 1 -  Rick Martinez joins the CIA to become a badass spy, not amole . Reluctantly planted in the Office of Disruptive Services, a subdivision of the Clandestine Administration and Oversight Services (CAOS, from which the show’s title is derived), Rick’s job is to watch what the ODS get up to and report  back to their Director. Fortunately for Rick, the ODS team are actually really good at what they do. Their working relationship begins with blackmail, but ends with (an almost) mutual trust as Rick realises just how far the ODS team will go, and how many rules they will break, in their quest to do what’s right. I really enjoyed  Chaos . The start of the episode was a little clunky as everyone was introduced to both Rick and the audience, but then everything came together to deliver a great storyline and some tight, amusing dialogue. By the end of the episode it felt as though the ODS team had been on my television for half a season. Read More... //