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The Assets - (S01E05)

Drama . Thriller

As Sandy conducts her review of the agency's spycraft, she and Jeanne continue to clash. When a potential asset contacts the CIA claiming to have vital information about a communications breach, Sandy has her doubts about the man known as GTPROLOGUE. Could this be part of a larger campaign by the Soviets to obfuscate the truth? Meanwhile, Ames learns that his request for a transfer to Rome has been approved.

Episode Title: Check Mate
Airs: 2014-07-27 at 04:00 pm
  • Diane Werts

    The Assets isn't flashy, but boy, is it effective. It just grinds away, laying down intriguing details of "asset" care and feeding, made vivid through determined performances and intense crescendos.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    It’s got some of the same appeal [as Scandal], but at its core, it’s a strong spy thriller with a few fascinating characters, not a splashy nighttime soap. And that’s okay.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Rhys and Whittaker are terrific and the two big reasons to watch the series.... Speaking of assets, credibility of the story is nicely enhanced by muted cinematography and art direction, emphasizing that catching spies is done by nondescript men and women who lead seemingly normal lives and work in under-decorated offices deciphering codes and other information.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It is tonally odd yet quite likable.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    A scripted eight-part miniseries from a subdivision of ABC News, “The Assets” is an unexpectedly good placeholder for regular time-period-occupant “Scandal,” if perhaps a little too slow-going to connect with that show’s “OMG TV” crowd.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Not a brilliant effort, but worth a look.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Truthfully, it doesn’t add much value to have Grimes’ husband Gary (Julian Ovendon) deliver a melodramatic speech, accompanied by appropriate mood music, about how he married her because he knew she wanted to save the world. Fortunately, the hunt itself has been crisply framed.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    In Assets, I wanted more about Ames and his motives--and maybe that will come later--but this is Grimes’ story, right down to how her job affected her home life.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    The series, unevenly written, frequently given to strange tonal lapses, is nevertheless lively, its dramatization of events abetted by its setting.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    The Assets is uneven, with some excellent scenes and quite a few bad ones.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Despite the often eerie parallels to the Showtime thriller, ABC’s eight-part miniseries The Assets is based on fact. That does nothing to make it compelling.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    Spy games aren’t nearly as fun when you know who the mole is from the start. That’s the main problem with this unsuspenseful eight-part miniseries.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It comes across as a rather dull, ineptly produced program that looks like it was filmed with dated technology in plodding style.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    he only time The Assets comes alive is when the focus falls on the soon-to-be-notorious turncoat Ames, a compellingly twitchy Paul Rhys.... The Assets reduces the complex world of espionage to laughably simplistic terms.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The Assets just can’t get untracked, lumbering through its first two hours without any sense of purpose, style or urgency.

    Uncle Barky Full Review

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