Spy dramas 'The Enemy Within' and 'Whiskey Cavalier' to release this week; here's what viewers can expect

NBC and ABC are no strangers to the spy genre, and their two shows are slated to release this month in what seems to be a spy battle, but is it really?


                            Spy dramas 'The Enemy Within' and 'Whiskey Cavalier' to release this week; here's what viewers can expect

NBC and ABC are two of the biggest names in network TV, and it comes as no surprise that these two networks are releasing what claims to be the best spy shows for the year, but we've heard that a million times before, and there really needs to be an upgrade in marketing tactics.

The NBC will be premiering 'The Enemy Within' on February 25 and boasts big names like Jennifer Carpenter and Morris Chestnut. The series itself has been really secretive about the plot as it opens with a stark announcement that over 100,000 spies are on American soil, more than any other time while hitting the appropriately paranoid note. It follows the misfortune of Erica Shepherd, a former CIA Deputy-director who's now known as America's most notorious traitor for giving away the names of four agents, who lost their lives because of Erica's folly. The show runs along a strictly drama-thriller theme with no room for so much as a chuckle to the viewer's lips while they sit glued to their TV sets.

Morris Chestnut, John Finn, and Jennifer Carpenter in 'The Enemy Within'. (Source: IMDB)
Morris Chestnut, John Finn, and Jennifer Carpenter in 'The Enemy Within'. (Source: IMDB)

ABC, on the other hand, went in a slightly different direction with 'Whiskey Cavalier' and chose to have a fun mix of drama and comedy while throwing in a few elements of espionage. This series does have a lot of gore in it as well, but still tends to shine more on the comedic elements than on the deaths that occur in the series; the deaths are but a sidenote. The series heavily revolves around protagonists, FBI Agent Will Chase aka Whiskey Cavalier, and CIA Operative Frankie Trowbridge aka Fiery Tribune, who form an interagency team and go on wacky adventures along with their rag-tag band of operatives who help them solve crimes through the series.

While both the series are high-octane dramas fuelled by espionage elements, they tend to be vastly different from each other in terms of tone, story, and overall seriousness.

Ana Ortiz, Scott Foley, Vir Das, Lauren Cohan, and Tyler James Williams in 'Whiskey Cavalier'. (Source: IMDB)
Ana Ortiz, Scott Foley, Vir Das, Lauren Cohan, and Tyler James Williams in 'Whiskey Cavalier'. (Source: IMDB)

'Whiskey Cavalier' is not to be taken seriously at all, and the tone as ABC suggested is more akin to "fun" than a super-serious drama-thriller, whereas 'The Enemy Within' has a much darker tone, and NBC really means business with this show. 'Whiskey Cavalier' is the sort of show that you can sit down with your friends and family and just have a good laugh over the heavy sexual-tension that's developing between the two protagonists, along with even better quips from the supporting actors. 'The Enemy Within', however, leaves no room for laughter, and the viewers tend to hold their breath from the first minute of the show till its 45-minute mark because of the sheer dark tone of the show. It is best to watch this series alone, in my opinion, in order to really enjoy the drama that this show is full of.

Scott Foley, Ana Ortiz, Lauren Cohan, Tyler James Williams, and Vir Das in 'Whiskey Cavalier'. (Source: IMDB)
Scott Foley, Ana Ortiz, Lauren Cohan, Tyler James Williams, and Vir Das in 'Whiskey Cavalier'. (Source: IMDB)

So, if you do love serious dramas with a hyper-real sense of danger to it along with the development of its core characters. 'The Enemy Within' is the show for you. If you're looking to view something relatively light-hearted which has a bit of espionage in it while focusing on the development of its entourage of characters then 'Whiskey Cavalier' is the way to go!

From my perspective, the two seem to be vastly different shows and should be treated as such.

'The Enemy Within' will be releasing on February 25, only on NBC.

'Whiskey Cavalier' is slated to release on February 27, only on ABC.