Writer Jimmy Ryan from Spoiler TV wrote that the pilot episode he has seen firsthand is a “must-watch.” He stated that it is fast-paced and “one of the best pilots” he has ever seen.
“I’ll say right now that the series premiere is excellent. The 43 minutes absolutely flew by when I watched it,” Ryan wrote in his SpoilerTV.com report.
According to Ryan, the back-story of the O’Connors is “solid.” The Russian-born matriarch Katya worked for the country’s intelligence arm KGB decades ago. Patriarch and businessman Mark was recruited by her. The two eventually married, and Katya’s condition in order to be allowed to live in United States with her husband is to remain an asset of KGB who can be “reactivated” anytime.
The episode kicks off with SVR operative and former colleague Victor Dobrynin knocking on the O’Connors’ door. He shared the news of Katya’ reactivation and her mission is to recruit her son Alex, who works as a CIA analyst. Katya and Mark have been worrying about this ever since and trying their best to hide their history in the KGB from Alex and the youngest, Sarah. The eldest, Natalie, is experienced with the SVR. KGB operated from 1954 to 1991 and was replaced by the SVR to be Russia’s external intelligence.
Meanwhile, Alex and FBI Agent Julia Marcus is working under the command of Sam Luttrell. They are investigating about a KGB agent’s execution told by an agent from the SVR who has witnessed it and desires to defect.
Ryan wrote that although the premiere is fast-paced, it is easy to comprehend. He said that new series mostly use “sheer volume and pace” to emphasize intensity. “Allegiance” relies more on its concrete storyline.
According to Ryan, “Allegiance” can possibly be compared by the viewers to Showtime’s “Homeland,” FX’s “The Americans” and NBC’s “State of Affairs” because of the intelligence theme. However, he assured that “Allegiance” has a different focus and flow.
About the production quality, Ryan commended it being “solid.” He liked the real outdoor shots in contrast with the usual greenscreens. He also praised the realistic performance of the actors.
“Allegiance” focuses on a family with different backgrounds in American and Russian intelligence. It stars Scott Cohen, Hope Davis, Margarita Levieva, Gavin Stenhouse, Alexandra Peters, Morgan Spector, Kenneth Choi and Annie Ilonzeh. It is created by George Nolfi who also wrote “The Bourne Ultimatum.”
“Allegiance” is reported to air 13 episodes in its first season.
There you have it for the spoilers and review on “Allegiance” Premiere “Pilot,” which airs tonight, Feb. 5, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. after “The Blacklist” on NBC. For more updates about this show, including spoilers and recaps, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).