'Whiskey Cavalier' Season 1 review: Tyler James Williams as rogue NSA analyst Edgar Standish is the best part of the ABC show
'Whiskey Cavalier' is a fun dramedy set in the world of espionage, and Williams' character just about kills it
ABC's much awaited 'Whiskey Cavalier' is just days away, and after having a good long preview of the show, we realized that one particular man stands out from the crowd: Edgar Standish (Tyler James Williams), a rogue NSA analyst who discovers an awful truth about the FBI, and who has Whiskey Cavalier (Scott Foley) and Fiery Tribune (Lauren Cohan) hot on his tail.
The show is a fast-paced, detective dramedy, which revolves around a heartbroken FBI superagent by the name of Will Chase, whose moniker provides the title of the show. Will Chase is on an assignment to pick up the rogue agent Standish, who, due to his time in the agency, is able to get compromising information on major players in the FBI and CIA. Little does Chase know that the CIA has also deployed their best agent to retrieve Standish.
Thus begin the shenanigans between the two superagents, whose egos (Fiery's mostly) get in the way of their mission, and poor Standish is caught in the middle of it, and thank goodness for that.
As a handcuffed Standish rightly says when he's taken prisoner by the duo in their getaway car, "There's a lot of sexual tension in the car." The tension is thick enough to cut with a knife, and the pilot is just filled with will-they, won't-they antics, and obviously, they will.
The show was marketed as "the funnest show" there is on television by ABC, and while it is fun, it is quite far from "the funnest", save for the performance by Williams, who essentially becomes the show's comic standout and a main character in his own right.
His quick jabs at the couple, along with his quick thinking during situations of peril (like the knife during the exploding tampon scene), is what the show needs for it to be watchable.
Don't get me wrong, the main actors did have their moments but all they do is beat the crap out of each other while racing to be the first person to turn Standish in. Standish, on the other hand, seems really wise for his age (having hacked the FBI and CIA networks), and his expression through the episode is just one of a perpetual facepalm when he views the playground antics of the two protagonists.
Standish was able to at least prove his innocence through the show, and reluctantly join the already reluctant inter-agency team in order to be their "tech guy", while also providing them with vital information regarding their future missions.
The future is bright for Standish, but we're not too sure about Whiskey and Fiery.
'Whiskey Cavalier' is slated to premiere on 24 February, on ABC.