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ALLEGIANCE – My rating – 9/10

AllegianceThere are several series out that deal with national and international affairs but there are none that deal on the level of Allegiance.  A couple, Katya (Hope Davis) and Mark O’Connor (Scott Cohen) are retired Russian spies or as the pilot suggest, current sleeper cells.  The O’Connor’s have 3 children, Natalie (Margarita Levieva),  Alex (Gavin Stenhouse) and Sarah (Alexandra Peters).  Sarah is also a Russian Sleeper Cell but her brother, Alex is a gifted CIA analyst who is assigned to a joint FBI/CIA investigation into a SVR plot to destroy critical infrastructure within the United States.  Their younger sister, Sarah, has no clue as to the whole spy endeavor.  Alex also has no clue about his sister, Natalie, or his parents true lifestyle.  In fact Katya is the only family member originally from Russia.  She recruited her husband and daughter.  Katya and her husband have no desire to spy or carry out any Russian task but are being threatened by the SVR ( Sluzhba Vneshnei Razvedki (Russian Foreign Intelligence Service; post cold war intelligence service).  As an alternative to recruiting their son, Alex, who is “unrecruitable”, the O’Connors have agreed to spy on their son, giving the SVR access and information that will keep them several steps ahead of the FBI and CIA during their investigations regarding their (Russia’s) plot against the US.  Allegiance is very well written and very informative.  I find the series intelligent, entertaining and suspenseful.  I think it’s going to be around for a while.  Allegiance airs on NBC — check it out!

Obviously, I really liked this series, however, I just found out it’s been cancelled after 5 episodes.

JOHN WICK (2014) – My rating: 7.5/10

JohnWickIs Hollywood running out of themes, plots and ideas?  Another bad ass comes out of retirement to kill, kill, kill.  The reason is usually because some family member (mostly the wife and/or kid) is killed or wronged somehow and vengeance is mine, saith who?  Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford to name a few.  The other scenario is the country can’t survive without this former agent’s skill base.  John Wick, played by Keanu Reeves,  was very entertaining but nothing new.  I think John Wick may have piled up more bodies than anyone else but it was that familiar violence of a killing machine that no one can catch or stop.  So there you have it, after hearing the plot, you just have to sit back and enjoy all the killing.  There’s lots of action and many different ways to kill someone but overall, it consist of the plot and the kill.  BTW:  It was John Wick against the Russians.  I was not bored or disgusted with the dialogue, nor was I feeling like walking out, but I did feel like I’ve been here before, maybe a few times too many.  John Wick is a pretty good movie despite the familiarity.  However, no one would be upset if you wait for the DVD.