Condor (TV series)

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Condor
CondorTitleScreen.png
Genre Thriller
Created by
Based on
Starring
Composer(s) Trevor Morris
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Sean Ryerson
  • Kate Regan
  • Brian Walsh
Production location(s) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cinematography Steve Cosens
Editor(s)
  • Wendy Hallam Martin
  • Reginald Harkema
  • Christopher Donaldson
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 47–53 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network Audience
Original release June 6, 2018 (2018-06-06) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Condor is an American television series based on the novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady and its 1975 film adaptation Three Days of the Condor written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel. The series was created by Todd Katzburg, Jason Smilovic, and Ken Robinson and premiered on June 6, 2018 on Audience. In July 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.

Premise[edit]

Condor is described by DirecTV as following

[Y]oung CIA analyst Joe Turner, whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions. Turner is an idealistic millennial who secretly joins the CIA hoping to reform it from within. But when everyone in his office is massacred by professional killers, this brilliant analyst is forced out of his ivory tower think tank and into battle with the most dangerous elements in the military-industrial complex. If he is to have any chance of surviving, Joe will have to do things he never imagined himself capable of – and discover that no one knows their true character until they’ve been tested under fire.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Max Irons as Joe Turner, a CIA analyst whose fellow agents in the research and development office are all killed. Marko Vujicic portrays a young Joe Turner in a recurring role.
  • William Hurt as Bob Partridge, Joe’s paternal uncle by marriage and the man who recruited him into joining the CIA.
  • Leem Lubany as Gabrielle Joubert, an assassin.
  • Angel Bonanni as Deacon Mailer, an assassin.
  • Kristen Hager as Mae Barber, the wife of Joe's CIA colleague Sam
  • Mira Sorvino as Martina Marty Frost, an ex-lover of Bob's who leads the official investigation into the crime Joe is framed for.
  • Bob Balaban as Reuel Abbott, the Deputy Director of the CIA.

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

  • Julian Black Antelope as Mika ("What Loneliness")
  • James McDougall as Tim ("What Loneliness")
  • Roger Dunn as Dr. Lappe ("What Loneliness")
  • Kevin Claydon as Patrick ("The Solution to All Problems")
  • Jennifer Foster as Sophia Folwer ("A Good Patriot")
  • Raven Dauda as Hoyle ("A Good Patriot")
  • Allison Hossack as Melanie Abbot ("No Such Thing")

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"What Loneliness"Lawrence TrillingStory by : Jason Smilovic, Todd Katzberg, & Ken Robinson
Teleplay by : Jason Smilovic & Todd Katzberg
June 6, 2018 (2018-06-06)
Joe Turner, an analyst for IEP, an offshoot of the CIA, is called into the situation room when an algorithm he developed identifies an Arab-American man, Ammar Nazari, as 12 per cent likely to commit a terrorist attack. Turner is uncomfortable with his program being used in this way and considers resigning, but then hears that the FBI has found biological agents on the suspect, revealing he was apparently planning to release pneumonic plague at a Washington, DC stadium. Turner's team are hailed as heroes, and as they investigate the thwarted attack, Turner identifies suspicious purchases of pharmaceutical stocks before the incident caused demand for ciprofloxacin to soar. Informed of the discovery, covert operative Nathan Fowler who organized the false flag attack on the stadium, sends a team of assassins to kill Turner and his team, but he manages to escape onto a train. A U.S. diplomat smuggles the plague virus into Saudi Arabia in a diplomatic bag.
2"The Solution to All Problems"Lawrence TrillingJason Smilovic & Todd KatzbergJune 13, 2018 (2018-06-13)
Turner narrowly escapes assassins Gabrielle Joubert and Deacon Mailer, who conducted the attack at his office. Turner calls his uncle, Bob Partridge, the head of the Joint Terrorism Task Force unit investigating the massacre. Partridge arranges to meet Turner in a park, but Joubert and Mailer arrive. Turner is rescued by his best friend, Sam Barber, who is feeling guilt over his own involvement in the conspiracy, but Joubert and Mailer catch up and shoot them both, killing Barber. Partridge is replaced as unit chief by Marty Frost, who releases information to the media that Turner is wanted for the murder of his colleagues. Turner, who was wearing a bulletproof vest when he was shot, turn up at the house of Kathy Hale, a former Tinder date. When they both see the news story naming Turner as a suspect, he detains her to prevent her calling the police as he tries to process the day's events.
3"A Good Patriot"Lawrence TrillingJason Smilovic & Todd KatzbergJune 20, 2018 (2018-06-20)
Mae Barber struggles to cope with her husband's death, and is questioned by the agency about Turner. Nathan Fowler spends the day with his daughter. Frozen out of the investigation, Partridge has FBI agent Sharla Shepard—girlfriend of Sarah Tan—assigned to the task force, then asks her to feed him information. At Hale's house, Turner uses her computer to investigate his situation. Joubert pays a hacker to track Turner, and kills him when he fails. Shepard finds Hale's messages on the Tinder app on Turner's phone, and heads to her house with the task force. As Partridge warns them of the raid, Hale sprays Turner with pepper spray then tries to escape, but is knocked unconscious. The task force arrived to find Joubert there, and Turner and Hale gone. Mailer has flashbacks to his torture at the hands of the Saudis, and is sent to Riyadh to carry out an operation there.
4"Trapped in History"Andrew McCarthyJason Smilovic, Todd Katzberg, & Ken RobinsonJune 27, 2018 (2018-06-27)
Turner carries Hale to the house of the neighbor whose cat she was feeding, as the task force arrives to raid her house. Suspecting Turner has been tipped off by someone on the team, Frost and Abbott order a cleanup team to search everyone on the task force, but Shepard manages to hide the phone from Partridge. Turner unties Hale from the restraints and apologizes for hurting her. He tells her of how when he was at MIT, he and his girlfriend Janice visit his uncle, Bob Partridge, for Thanksgiving dinner. When they return home, they are arrested along with their roommate, Caleb Wolfe, who has hacked into the MIT server. Partridge arranges for Turner to be released, and recruits him into the CIA. As Hale watches TV, she sees Wolfe, now an information activist and hacker, on the news, where he claims that IEP was a CIA front which developed the algorithm that identified Ammar Nazari.
5"A Diamond With a Flaw"Andrew McCarthyJason Smilovic & Todd KatzbergJuly 11, 2018 (2018-07-11)
Hale obtains a phone for Turner to call his ex-girlfriend Janice, to ask her arrange a meeting with Caleb Wolfe. Janice is reluctant to help Turner, but later gives him an encoded address. Joubert and Partridge follow Janice, hoping she will lead them to Turner, but she is on to their pursuit. Mailer checks into a hotel in Riyadh, where he bugs the hall and another room, in which he infects the sleeping occupant with the plague virus. Shepard attends an AA meeting, then breaks her two-year stretch of sobriety. She picks up a man in a bar, but changes her mind—beating him when he doesn't stop touching her. Turner turns up at the address Janice gave him. A man arrives and strip searches him, then tells him to take pills to knock him out while he takes him to Wolfe. Turner refuses, but the man forces him to swallow the pills, and he wakes up two hours later in a locked room.
6"No Such Thing"Kari SkoglandJason Smilovic & Todd KatzbergJuly 18, 2018 (2018-07-18)
Turner meets Caleb Wolfe at his safehouse, and they trade information about the IEP killings. Unbeknownst to either, Wolfe's source for his info on IEP was Sam Barber's boss, Elden Loramer. Mae struggles to cope with Sam's death, and had flashbacks to bonding with other "agency wives" at social events. Task force agent Boyd Ferris follows Joubert to Hale's house, where they find her hiding in the closet. They hold her in the house, waiting for Turner to return, until Hale raises Ferris's suspicions about why Joubert won't call it in. They draw their guns on each other, and Joubert shoots Ferris, while Hale manages to escape. She and Turner flee in a car, but Joubert fires at the vehicle, killing Hale.
7"Within a Dark Wood"Kari SkoglandJason Smilovic & Todd KatzbergJuly 25, 2018 (2018-07-25)
Turner leaves Hale's body by a river. Partridge makes contact with Shepard and tells her Joubert is responsible for her girlfriend's death. Mae prepares for Sam's funeral and wake, with the conspirators bugging her house before the event. At the wake, neighbor and fellow agency wife Iris tells Mae that she has proof Sam was involved with the death of her husband, Elden Loramer. Turner, who has been hiding in Jude Barber's treehouse, flees pursued by Shepard when discovered by Jude. Shepard catches up with Turner, but he convinces her to trust him and she hides him in her trunk, raising Joubert's suspicions. In Saudi Arabia, Mailer arrives in Mecca for the Hajj.
8"A Question of Compromise"Andrew McCarthyJason Smilovic & Todd KatzbergAugust 1, 2018 (2018-08-01)
Shepard handcuffs Turner to her radiator to give her a head start as she goes after Joubert. Partridge follows the trail of the conspiracy, locating a video of Ammar Nazari speaking with chemical weapons expert Abu-Saeed, although he believes this was a chance meeting and Nazari was framed for the stadium attack. Mae's friend Iris is tortured and killed by Joubert for the video of Fowler and Barber ordering her husband's death. A CIA team captures Abu-Saeed, and he tells Partridge he is dying from the plague himself. Fowler confronts Gareth Lloyd for putting the operation in jeopardy. When Lloyd goads Fowler, he kills Lloyd, his girlfriend, then himself.
9"Death is the Harvest"Jason SmilovicJason Smilovic & Todd KatzbergAugust 8, 2018 (2018-08-08)
Mailer prepares to release the plague at the Hajj, and has flashbacks to his torture at the hands of Ibrahim Salah. Mae finds Iris's body, and Abbott threatens her family to convince her to give up the memory card with Iris's evidence. Turner goes to see Janice, and they head back to Wolfe's safehouse. Shepard follows Joubert to her home to kill her, but is stopped by Frost. Partridge breaks into Abbott's home to kill him, but Abbott convinces him there is no way to stop the plot and there is only one way he can save Turner. Joubert enters Wolfe's safehouse, killing everyone except Turner. Driving away, she tells Turner the contract on his life has been cancelled, and he drives the car off the embankment.
10"Mistrust Blossoms"Jason SmilovicJason Smilovic & Todd KatzbergAugust 15, 2018 (2018-08-15)
Shepard and Frost follow Joubert to the safehouse, where Frost turns on Shepard and shoots her, although Shepard manages to fire back. Turner leaves the unconscious Joubert in the crashed car, and contacts Mae through her eldest son. Mae abducts a wounded Frost from the hospital, and Turner takes her to Partridge's cabin. Frost outlines how she blackmailed Loramer and the conspirators, with an "insurance policy" to release the details of the plot to the press if she is killed. Turner reluctantly kills her, triggering the release. He and Partridge go over Abbott's head to the CIA director, who agrees to pay Joubert to eliminate Mailer in Saudi Arabia. A year later, Turner is living in Florence, Italy with his girlfriend. He is contacted by Joubert, who tells him he is "the one that got away".

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The crew used a special vehicle to carry cameras for car chases.

On May 13, 2016, it was announced that DirecTV had given the production a series order. Production companies involved with the series were reported to include Skydance Television and MGM Television.[2] On February 6, 2017, it was announced that Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg would write the series. Smilovic will also act as showrunner and executive produce alongside Katzberg, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross.[1] On March 27, 2017, Andrew McCarthy mentioned in an interview with Parade that he would serve as an executive producer for the series and direct a few episodes.[3] On April 6, 2017, it was announced that Lawrence Trilling would direct the series' first three episodes and act as an executive producer.[4]

On July 27, 2018, it was announced during the annual Television Critics Association's summer press tour that the series had been renewed for a second season.[5]

Casting[edit]

On February 6, 2017, it was announced that Max Irons had been cast in the series' lead role.[1] In April 2017, it was reported that Brendan Fraser, William Hurt, Bob Balaban, Leem Lubany, Kristen Hager, and Angel Bonanni had joined the main cast and that Mira Sorvino, Christina Moses, Katherine Cunningham, Gabriel Hogan, Kristoffer Polaha, and Kate Vernon had been cast in recurring roles.[6][7][8][9] On August 25, 2017, it was announced that Mouna Traoré and Ellen Wong had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[10]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series was expected to last from April 23 to August 15, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[11] Filming primarily took place at Cinespace Film Studios' Kipling Avenue facility.[12] On May 30, 2017, Jack Lakey, a Toronto Star columnist, contacted the City's film liaison office, after Condor crew members allegedly bullied local residents.[13] In Lakey's followup article the next day he quoted film industry workers, who supported those working on the production.[14]

Release[edit]

Promotional poster featuring Max Irons as Joe Turner.

Marketing[edit]

On February 22, 2018, Audience released a behind-the-scenes video for the series.[15]

Premiere[edit]

On March 10, 2018, the series held its official premiere in Austin, Texas at the annual South by Southwest Film Festival.[16] Audience also hosted an interactive experience called "Condor Headquarters" during the festival. Guests to the exhibit were offered the chance to participate in authentic CIA activities such as skill tests, physical and digital technology tactics, lie detection, and environmental analysis. The experience also allowed guests to win prizes and screen exclusive content from the series.[17]

In June 2018, the series will be screened at the annual ATX TV Festival in Austin, Texas. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening featuring director/executive producer Lawrence Trilling and cast members Leem Lubany, Katherine Cunningham, Kristen Hager, and Kristoffer Polaha.[18]

Reception[edit]

The series has received a positive response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an 82% approval rating with an average rating of 6.62 out of 10 based on 11 reviews.[19] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 66 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[20]

In a positive review, IndieWire's Ben Travers praised the series calling it "a Smartly Expanded Adaptation" and saying that it was "a solid spy story that updates the right elements without tarnishing old treasures."[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Max Irons To Star In Audience TV Series Inspired By 'Three Days Of The Condor'". Deadline Hollywood. February 6, 2017. Archived from the original on November 6, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017. On the show, inspired by Sydney Pollack’s 1975 political thriller Three Days of the Condor, Irons will play Joe Turner, modeled after Robert Redford’s iconic role in the movie.
  2. ^ Collins, Scott (May 13, 2016). "'Condor' Reboot From Michael Dinner Coming to DirecTV (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  3. ^ Cohn, Paulette (March 27, 2017). "Pretty in Pink Star Andrew McCarthy Channels His Inner Teen Girl in His First Novel Just Fly Away". Parade. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Stanhope, Kate (April 3, 2017). "Mira Sorvino to Star in Audience Network's 'Three Days of the Condor' Remake". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 12, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (July 27, 2018). "'You Me Her' & 'Condor' Renewed By Audience Network – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  6. ^ Denise Petski (April 6, 2017). "Brendan Fraser Joins Cast Of 'Condor' Audience Network Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 25, 2018. Retrieved May 29, 2017. Fraser will play Nathan Fowler, an unstable yet efficient central cog in an unholy alliance between the private military company that employs him and the CIA.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (April 12, 2017). "'Condor': William Hurt & Bob Balaban To Topline Audience Network Series; Full Cast Set". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 3, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Nellie Andreeva (April 3, 2017). "Mira Sorvino Joins Cast Of 'Condor' Audience TV Series, Lawrence Trilling To Direct". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (April 26, 2017). "'Condor' Adds Kate Vernon; Lyndie Greenwood Joins 'Flint'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (August 25, 2017). "'Condor': Mouna Traoré & Ellen Wong Join Audience Network Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  11. ^ Southey, Alex (March 24, 2017). "6 movie and TV productions filming in Toronto this April". Daily Hive. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  12. ^ Pinto, Jordan (January 30, 2017). "MGM, Skydance's Condor confirmed for T.O." Playback Online. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  13. ^ Jack Lakey. "A film crew told me I couldn't use my own bus stop, Toronto woman says: The Fixer". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved June 2, 2017. We passed along Newton's note to the city and got the following reply from spokesperson Shane Gerard...
  14. ^ Tony Wong (June 2, 2017). "How Toronto's film and TV production has surged past $2 billion". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved June 2, 2017. Weber isn't joking when he says he’s busy. He’s currently in pre-production of season two of The Handmaid’s Tale, producing 10 episodes of spy thriller Condor (inspired by Three Days of the Condor) starring Mira Sorvino.
  15. ^ Halterman, Jim (February 22, 2018). "WATCH: Go Behind the Scenes With AT&T Audience Network's New Thriller Series 'Condor'". TV Insider. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  16. ^ Travers, Ben (March 8, 2018). "SXSW 2018: 10 Must-See TV Events, From 'The Last O.G.' Premiere to a Real-Life 'Westworld'". IndieWire. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  17. ^ Brockington, Ariana (February 21, 2018). "SXSW 2018 Highlights: Visit the 'Westworld' Theme Park, 'Shameless' Bar". Variety. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  18. ^ Turchiano, Danielle (April 18, 2018). "ATX Television Festival Adds 'Station 19,' 'Genius' and 'Younger' to Programming Lineup". Variety. Archived from the original on May 12, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  19. ^ "Condor: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  20. ^ "Condor: Season 1 - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  21. ^ Travers, Ben (March 11, 2018). "'Condor' Review: 'Three Days of the Condor' Takes Flight on TV in a Smartly Expanded Adaptation". IndieWire. Archived from the original on May 14, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.

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