Gangland Undercover

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Gangland Undercover
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Genre Drama
Created by Stephen Kemp
Based on Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America's Deadliest Biker Gangs by Charles Falco with Kerrie Droban
Written by Noel Baker
Stephen Kemp
Directed by Stephen Kemp (series dir.)
Starring
Opening theme Russ Mackay
"We Will Not Go Quietly" by Sixx: A.M. (Season 2)
Composer(s) Russ Mackay
Allan Pynn
Paul Pitre
Country of origin Canada
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 14
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Stephen Kemp
  • Sherri Rufh
  • Peter Schneider
  • Spencer Medof
  • Elaine Frontain Bryant
  • Julian Hobbs
  • Stephen Mintz
  • Charles Tremayne
  • Brendan Deneen and Rob Kirkpatrick for Macmillan Entertainment
Producer(s) Kim Bondi
Production location(s) Ontario, Canada
Cinematography Gary Clarke
Editor(s) Rob Chandler
Jason Gatt
Mark Holtze
Tom Fulford
Nathan Mandin
Susan Maggi
Buff Smith
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Shaw Media
McMillan Entertainment
A&E Television Networks (Season 2)
Cineflix (Biker 2) Inc. (S2)
Corus Entertainment (S2)
Canal D (Season 2)
Distributor History Channel
Release
Original network History (CA)
History (U.S.)
Original release February 24, 2015 (2015-02-24) – present (present)
External links
Website

Gangland Undercover is an American factual based drama television series written and created by Executive Producer Stephen Kemp and co-writer Noel Baker. It was inspired by the story of Charles Falco[1] a former ATF confidential informant (CI) who infiltrated an outlaw motorcycle club. The series is based on Falco's 2013 memoir, Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America's Deadliest Biker Gangs written by Charles Falco with Kerrie Droban.[2] It premiered on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, on the History Channel at 10/9c.[3] In Canada, Season 2 premiered on September 26, 2016. In the U.S., only the first episode of season 2 aired on December 8, 2016 on A&E. According to the trailer, "the new season" (Season 2) premiered on March 2, 2017.

Premise[edit]

A description at the beginning of the first episode stated: "This program is based on Charles Falco's account of events that took place between 2003 and 2006, when he infiltrated one of America's most notorious biker gangs. Names, locations and key details have been changed to protect the identities of those involved."

Opening Introduction (narrated by Charles Falco – voice disguised):

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Damon Runyan as Charles Falco, meth dealer-turned-ATF confidential informant, undercover in the Vagos Motorcycle Club; he's nicknamed Quick, from a "hang-around", a prospect to a full-patched member. In Season 2, he is in the witness protection program and goes undercover as a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club
  • Ari Cohen as Mike Kozinski (aka Koz), ATF special agent and Falco's handler (also in Season 2) as Ziggy, undercover Mongols Sargeant-at-Arms, Pomona Chapter
  • Paulino Nunes as Schizo, Vagos President
  • James Cade as Stash, Vagos prospect-turned-full-patched member
  • Ian Matthews as Darko, Vagos Sergeant-at-Arms (also in Season 2)
  • Stephen Eric McIntyre as Kid, Vagos Vice President and Falco's prospect sponsor. In Season 2 as The Devil, Outlaws President
  • Don Francks as Lizard, Vagos Road Captain
  • Melanie Scrofano as Suzanna, Stella's friend and Falco's girlfriend

Season 2

  • Thomas Mitchell as Bullet, ATF special agent working undercover as a member of the Mongols, their Sargeant-at-Arms
  • Hannah Anderson as Sarah Jane, a waitress at the Tulip Diner Charlie befriends
  • Shaun Benson as Crowbar, Pagans President
  • Joanne Boland as Meredith Jones, ATF field operations management and Bullet's handler

Supporting/recurring cast[edit]

  • Kiran Friesen as Stella, Schizo's "old lady" (wife)
  • Ashley Tredenick as Red, Kid's old lady
  • Patricia McKenzie as Samantha Kiles, detective in the San Bernardino Organized Crime Unit
  • Jessica Huras as Natalie, ex-wife of Charles Falco
  • Markus Parillo as Felix, Vagos international president
  • John Tench as Green, Vagos member of Australian chapter, ATF informant
  • Romano Orzari as Bernard, Falco's former meth business partner

Season 2

  • Chris Ratz as Dirtbag, Pagans Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Sora Olah as Sherri, Charlie's witness protection handler
  • Pedro Miguel Arce as Paco, a local gunrunner
  • Christian Bako as Sputnik, Outlaws member who's Russian
  • Dan Masters as Foghorn, Outlaws member who's a mute
  • Brendan Eckstrom as Razor, Merciless Souls (Maggots) Sargeant-at-Arms
  • Justin Mader as Sniper
  • Ryan Blakely as Bug
  • Philip Williams
  • Andrew Jackson as Tug, Mongols National Sargeant-at-Arms
  • Michael Copeland as Miles, Mongols International President
  • Ivan Wanis Ruiz as Hector, Surenos gang leader

Guest cast[edit]

  • Ron Kennell as Reese, liquid methamphetamine drug dealer
  • Daniel Williston as Hammer, former Vagos member and Schizo's buddy, believed to be a snitch
  • Michael Reventar as Thor, Falco's cellmate at FCI Lompoc
  • Alejandro Ampudia as El Toro Malo, head prison guard at FCI Lompoc
  • Brayden Jones as Lucky, past Mongols prospect turned member in 1977 (Season 2)

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16February 24, 2015 (2015-02-24)March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31)
28September 26, 2016 (2016-09-26) (CA)
March 2, 2017 (2017-03-02) (US)
November 14, 2016 (2016-11-14) (CA)
May 20, 2017 (2017-05-20) (US)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

No. Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1.1"Going Under"February 24, 2015 (2015-02-24)1.06[4]
In the series premiere, Charles Falco, a private contractor infiltrator for the ATF risks his life undercover when he infiltrates the notorious Vagos Motorcycle Club, a one percenter motorcycle club at their headquarters in Southern California. As a "hang-around", he gets to know the members during a bike run. However, he must quickly prove himself when a surprise invitation by the club's president puts him right in the middle of the underground counterculture of outlaw motorcycle club.
1.2"A Tough Prospect"March 3, 2015 (2015-03-03)N/A
Six months in, Falco, now a prospect in the Vagos biker club, gets even closer to the members, but is subjected to constant hazing and waiting on their needs 24/7, including handling a drug deal with Dawg, a Nazi Lowrider. When a fight breaks out at the club's bar, a knockout punch earns Falco his "road name" by his sponsor, Kid, who calls him "Quick". A new motorcycle provided by Falco's handler, Koz, gives him added street cred with the club. However, after Lizard turns it into a real club bike, he now owes him a debt.
1.3"Patched In"March 10, 2015 (2015-03-10)N/A
Now a full-patched member, Falco is getting used to the addictive outlaw biker lifestyle, and ends up in trouble during the club's annual bike run to Reno. Meanwhile, ATF raid Darko and Stash's place, causing the Vagos international president, Felix to question Schizo about having a snitch in his chapter. Later, Falco is promoted to joint sergeant of arms, but he pays a heavy price when he loses his only friend, Kid in a drug deal gone south, and his girlfriend, Susana's trust, as well as making an enemy in the end.
1.4"Dangerous Game"March 17, 2015 (2015-03-17)N/A
Two years into his infiltration and four months after Kid's drug deal went south, Falco's collected enough evidence to put most of his brothers-in-arms away, however, he's still haunted by one crime. When Stash murders drug dealer Johnny H, the D.A.'s determination to convict him threatens to blow Falco's cover. Meanwhile, Falco proves he's a critical asset to both the Vagos and to his operation, now codenamed "22 Green", a joint operation between the ATF, DEA and local cops. But when he later throws the first punch in a bar brawl, Falco, Schizo, and Stash all find themselves behind bars on charges of attempted murder.
1.5"Solitary"March 24, 2015 (2015-03-24)N/A
Behind bars, Falco is under real pressure imprisoned for a month inside FCI Lompoc. Amidst some of the most notorious gangs in the world, Falco has to do what is necessary to survive, learning the ropes from his cellmate Thor. During his time, he rises within the ranks as "The Rep" in the "Woods", a part of the Aryan Brotherhood all while under pressure from Suzanna's numerous questions. Just when it couldn't get any worse, Falco's former partner Bernard discovers his location and puts out a hit on him. It's only a matter of time before it's carried out. He lands himself in solitary, where time stops and he's left with his conscience. Darko is made president of his own chapter, defecting Schizo's members.
1.6"Endgame"March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31)N/A
After three years of evidence gathering, Falco’s mission is nearly over. The ATF is finally ready to bring Operation 22 Green to an end, in a series of massive coordinated raids. Agent Koz wants Falco to lay low until the bust goes down, but when Schizo orders him (now the chapter VP) to orchestrate a major drug deal, keeping a low profile proves impossible. To make matters worse, Darko and Stash pressure him to defect and start cooking meth for their rival chapter, while Suzanna walks out on him for good. With the final police raid imminent, a vulnerable Falco is interrogated at gunpoint. Falco's whole life is torn apart and he has no idea if he’ll actually make it out alive.

Season 2 (2016-2017)[edit]

Note: * The first episode first aired in the U.S. on December 8, 2016 on A&E. It re-aired on March 2, 2017, returning to History Channel; after the third episode the show was pulled from the schedule.

No. Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
Canada United States
2.1"Nowhere Man"September 26, 2016 (2016-09-26)[5]March 2, 2017*N/A
In the season 2 premiere, former undercover ATF confidential informant Charles Falco is now living off the grid in the U.S. Marshals witness protection program in 2008 as 'Charlie Conners' a year after taking down the Vagos. He is a car mechanic in Virginia Beach trying to live a normal life frequenting a diner and talking to Sarah Jane, a waitress there, but he struggles with putting his past behind him. One day, he receives a call from his ex-handler Koz who offers him a job as a part-time CI to infiltrate the biker underworld of Petersburg, Virginia, which is home to the notorious Pagans and Outlaws Motorcycle Clubs.
2.2"The Devil You Know"October 3, 2016 (2016-10-03)March 9, 2017N/A
Falco (aka Conners) goes back undercover in another biker gang. He is assigned to work with ATF special agent, Bullet who's the Mongols Sargeant-at-Arms, posing as his prospect, along with Bullet's handler, ATF agent Meredith Jones. They meet at a safe house in Tobacco Country and go over Operation Black Rain, an offshoot of a larger investigation into the Mongols in California. Falco gets a motorcycle and a nickname; 'Chef' after facing 20-odd years for cooking meth. The two are soon summoned to meet The Devil, the Outlaws vicious president who recently dismembered the Souls president over turf rights. Falco finds himself in the middle of a biker war between the Outlaws and Pagans against the Merciless Souls (aka Maggots) over drugs and territory in Petersburg.
2.3"Mongol Nation"October 10, 2016 (2016-10-10)March 16, 2017N/A
The history of the Mongols bloody patched-in initiation is revealed in 1977. Falco and Bullet head to California for the weekend, where Falco, a prospect, hopes to earn his patch as a full-member of the Mongols. They meet up with Koz currently undercover as a long-standing member as Sargent-at-Arms assuming the name 'Ziggy'. But earning the patch isn't as easy as it was in the Vagos since he has to get permission from the club's International President, Miles, who doesn't want Bullet running his own chapter in Virginia. Also he's harassed by fellow member Tug who takes to humiliating Falco in public and tries to out him as ATF informant 'Charles Falco'. However, Tug makes enemies with the Surenos gang leader Hector and is gunned down. At his funeral, Miles tells the club it was the Maggots, and sends Bullet and the now patched Falco back home to start their chapter.
2.4"Black Rain"October 17, 2016 (2016-10-17)May 20, 2017N/A
Operation Black Rain comes to a premature conclusion, and Falco's role as an undercover agent puts him in jeopardy.
2.5"Club Adios"October 24, 2016 (2016-10-24)May 20, 2017N/A
Falco is requested to partner with his old nemesis Darko, which leaves him to contemplate quitting the mission; and the Devil and posse arrive to inspect the new clubhouse, and the night takes a hellacious turn.
2.6"Inlaws and Outlaws"October 31, 2016 (2016-10-31)May 20, 2017N/A
A chance run-in with the Devil exposes Falco and girlfriend Sarah Jane, putting them in a dangerous situation.
2.7"End of the Road"November 7, 2016 (2016-11-07)May 20, 2017N/A
Falco's chapter is ordered to off a rival biker, but Meredith gets wind of the plan and threatens to end the operation. Meanwhile, Bullet has other ideas, and a scheme unfolds to fool the Devil.
2.8"The Devil's Patch"November 14, 2016 (2016-11-14)May 20, 2017N/A
A missing cell phone that contains candid video recordings threatens to derail Falco's operation and leaves him facing a pivotal moment of truth.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 27, 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  2. ^ Lemons, Stephen. "Phoenix Author Kerrie Droban Talks About A&E's Gangland Undercover, Biker Books, and Drinking Goat Blood in Kenya". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  3. ^ "'Gangland Undercover' to Premiere Tuesday, February 24 on History". TV By The Numbers. January 9, 2015.
  4. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 25, 2015). "Tuesday Cable Ratings: 'Being Mary Jane' Tops Night + 'The Haves and the Have Nots', '19 Kids and Counting', 'Pretty Little Liars' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  5. ^ [1] Please note that the episodes premiere date of this reference was for Canada air dates

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