The Romeo Section

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The Romeo Section
GenreEspionage thriller
Created byChris Haddock
Written byChris Haddock
Jesse McKeown
Stephen E. Miller
Directed by
Starring
Composer(s)Schaun Tozer
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Chris Haddock
  • Laura Lightbown
  • Stephen Surjik
  • David Frazee
Producer(s)
Production location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
CinematographyBrendan Uegama
Running time44 minutes
Release
Original networkCBC Television
Original releaseOctober 14, 2015 (2015-10-14) – December 7, 2016
External links
Website

The Romeo Section is a Canadian spy thriller television series created and written by Chris Haddock which debuted on October 14, 2015,[1] on CBC Television. CBC renewed the series for a second season which began airing on October 5, 2016.[2] The series was not renewed for a third season.[3]

Season One[edit]

The series follows spymaster Professor Wolfgang McGee, an academic who secretly manages a roster of espionage assets. These assets, referred to as Romeo or Juliet spies, are informants engaged in intimate relations with intelligence targets. Wolfgang himself is a semi-retired Romeo operator, having worked his way up in an officially deniable "service" under the umbrella of Canada's intelligence community. Based in Vancouver,[4] British Columbia, the Romeo and Juliet recruits infiltrate the city’s heroin trade and keep eyes on an asylum seeker, while their handler searches for the elusive faction leader of the Red Mountain Triad.[5]

Season Two[edit]

In the Le Carré-esque second season, the master of espionage, Wolfgang McGee, steps away from his role of asset handler to investigate an attempted bombing in Vancouver. The case comes to Wolfgang through Harry, a shadowy government figure, who is first to present the theory that the attack could have been a false flag operation. For help, Wolfgang calls upon an old acquaintance, a black-balled spy named Norman. Together they review the chain of events surrounding the attack to uncover massive holes and blunders, either made by human error or deliberate sabotage. To find out which, the two spies wade into the mystery.

Meanwhile, separated from Wolfgang, former assets Rufus and Lily use their Romeo skills to seduce their way up the ladder in the heroin trade and espionage circles.

Cast[edit]

  • Andrew Airlie as Wolfgang McGee (often going by the name Rupert Holmby for his undercover work)
  • Juan Riedinger as Rufus Decker
  • Eugene Lipinski as Al Crenshaw (often going by the name Bill West for his undercover work)
  • Fei Ren as Mei Mei
  • Ian Tracey as Fergie
  • Jemmy Chen as Lily Song (season 1)
  • Stephanie Bennett as Dee (season 1)
  • Matt Bellefleur as Vince Taggart (season 1)
  • Manny Jacinto as Wing Lei (season 1)
  • Sophia Lauchlin Hirt as Eva Walker (season 1)
  • Mathias Retamal as Miguel Padilla (season 1)
  • Leeah Wong as Lily Song (season 2)
  • Brian Markinson as Norman (season 2)
  • Jorge Montesi as Harry (season 2)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateCanada viewers
(millions)
1"The China Shop"Stephen SurjikChris Haddock, Jesse McKeownOctober 14, 2015 (2015-10-14)N/A
2"Repel Monkey"David FrazeeChris Haddock, Jesse McKeown, Stephen E. MillerOctober 21, 2015 (2015-10-21)N/A
3"West Ocean Ghost"Chris HaddockChris Haddock, Jesse McKeown, Stephen E. MillerOctober 28, 2015 (2015-10-28)N/A
4"Fragrant Harbor"David FrazeeChris Haddock, Jesse McKeown, Stephen E. MillerNovember 2015 (2015-11)N/A
5"Five Spies"Anne WheelerChris Haddock, Jesse McKeown, Stephen E. MillerNovember 11, 2015 (2015-11-11)N/A
6"Mandate of Heaven"David FrazeeChris Haddock, Jesse McKeown, Stephen E. MillerNovember 18, 2015 (2015-11-18)N/A
7"Whiskey Jack"Chris HaddockChris Haddock, Jesse McKeown, Stephen E. MillerNovember 25, 2015 (2015-11-25)N/A
8"Elephant Faces East"David FrazeeChris Haddock, Jesse McKeown, Stephen E. MillerDecember 2, 2015 (2015-12-02)N/A
9"Dragon Fruit"Chris HaddockChris Haddock, Jesse McKeown, Stephen E. MillerDecember 9, 2015 (2015-12-09)N/A
10"A String of Pearls"David FrazeeChris Haddock, Jesse McKeown, Stephen E. MillerDecember 16, 2015 (2015-12-16)N/A

Season 2 (2016)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateCanada viewers
(millions)
1"The Official Narrative"TBATBAOctober 5, 2016 (2016-10-05)N/A
2"The Legwork"TBATBAOctober 12, 2016 (2016-10-12)N/A
3"A Rigged Game"TBATBA ()N/A
4"Seeds of War"TBATBA ()N/A
5"Incendiary"TBATBA ()N/A
6"Forced Entry"TBATBA ()N/A
7"Rising Tide"TBATBANovember 16, 2016 (2016-11-16)N/A
8"Complicit"TBATBANovember 23, 2016 (2016-11-23)N/A
9"Our Future World"TBATBANovember 30, 2016 (2016-11-30)N/A
10"Final Measures"TBATBADecember 7, 2016 (2016-12-07)N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doyle, John (October 13, 2015). "The Romeo Section is a subtly sexy thriller for grown-ups". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  2. ^ "CBC Announces Fall Broadcast Premiere Dates for New and Returning Television Series" (Press release). CBC/Radio-Canada. August 25, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  3. ^ David, Greg (May 24, 2017). "CBC sets 2017-18 primetime schedule; plus new, returning and cancelled series". Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Hank, Melissa (October 20, 2015). "The Romeo Section's Andrew Airlie talks bromance with Chris Haddock". Canada.com. Postmedia Network Inc. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Romeo Section - About the show". CBC. Retrieved September 6, 2015.

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