Rogue (TV series)

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Rogue
Rogue (TV) logo.jpg
GenreDrama
Created byMatthew Parkhill
Starring
Theme music composerMartina Topley-Bird (season 1)
City and Colour (season 2)
Opening theme"Too Tough to Die" (season 1)
"Sorrowing Man" (season 2)
Country of originCanada
United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelAudience Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original runApril 3, 2013 (2013-04-03) – present
External links
Website
 
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Rogue
Rogue (TV) logo.jpg
GenreDrama
Created byMatthew Parkhill
Starring
Theme music composerMartina Topley-Bird (season 1)
City and Colour (season 2)
Opening theme"Too Tough to Die" (season 1)
"Sorrowing Man" (season 2)
Country of originCanada
United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelAudience Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original runApril 3, 2013 (2013-04-03) – present
External links
Website

Rogue is a police drama television series starring Thandie Newton. Though set in Northern California, the series is filmed in Vancouver. A Canadian-British co-production, the series was co-commissioned by DirecTV's Audience Network, and the Canadian premium services The Movie Network and Movie Central.[1]

The series' ten-episode second season aired from May 28 through July 30, 2014.[2][3] On August 12, 2014, DirecTV renewed the series for 20 additional episodes.[4]

Premise[edit]

Grace Travis begins as a San Jose police officer working undercover in Oakland to bring down Jimmy Laszlo's criminal enterprise. After Grace's son is murdered, she and Jimmy discover they have a common purpose. In the second season, Grace takes a new job as a handler for an FBI task force investigating corporate espionage in San Francisco. When a female undercover operative goes missing, Grace is forced undercover where she meets Ethan, a charming and enigmatic security consultant who might be responsible for the disappearance, or even death, of the operative.

Cast and characters[edit]

Reception[edit]

Rogue has received mixed reviews. Review aggregator site, Metacritic, has given the first season a "mixed or average" score of 47 out of 100, based on 14 critics.[5] On another review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 38% rating with an average rating of 4.9 out of 10, based on eight reviews.[6]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
Season premiereSeason finale
110April 3, 2013 (2013-04-03)May 29, 2013 (2013-05-29)
210May 28, 2014 (2014-05-28)July 30, 2014 (2014-07-30)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

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TitleDirectorWriterOriginal air date
11"The Aquarium"Brian KirkMatthew ParkhillApril 3, 2013 (2013-04-03)
Undercover in Oakland as "Jackie", San Jose police detective Grace Travis arranges a meeting with Russian drug smuggler Gridenko and crime boss Jimmy Laszlo. Before any deals can be made, the police arrive and all parties scatter. Grace is told that her son has been killed from a drive-by shooting at school. Four months later, on leave, she cannot use police facilities to investigate. However, Detective "Mitch" Mitchell gives her a clue regarding the ammo used. Meanwhile, Jimmy wants go legit and get out of the business, but his accountant is killed. Against her boss's wishes, Grace wants back in Jimmy's crew, and Jimmy allows it. They set up another meeting with Gridenko, and Grace is shot trying to protect Jimmy. Another detective learns of this and Grace must give him information about the shooting. The bullet from Grace is the same as the one that killed her son. While Grace realizes Gridenko's family is in mourning and cannot be responsible for her being shot, Jimmy meets with a mole from the police department. As she is packing up her cover apartment, Jimmy arrives to take her for a ride. He calls her by her actual name and she knows her cover is blown.
22"Fireball"David FrazeeJesse McKeownApril 3, 2013 (2013-04-03)
In order to save her own life, Grace reveals to Jimmy the connection between his accountant and her son’s death – the bullets that killed both are homemade. Someone is moving against Jimmy. While he frantically checks out his crew, including the empty bank account his own accountant failed to maintain, Grace gets suspended with pay, pending a psychiatric evaluation and investigation. Mitch checks Jimmy's files, while two of his detectives get caught in a fire investigating the tag number Grace provided. Jimmy invites her to a family party welcoming home his former prisoner son, Max. There, Jimmy tells Grace that she was right. He has a traitor in his crew, but doesn't know who it is. He makes a deal with her: he helps find her son's killer and she helps find his traitor.
33"Cathy's Song"Larysa KondrackiAngus FraserApril 10, 2013 (2013-04-10)
The Oakland police believe Jimmy Laszlo's syndicate set the restaurant fire that injured two cops, out of retaliation for the accountant's death. Jimmy informs his son Alec, who had the fire set, that his intended target, the Lee brothers, had nothing to do with recent events. Grace suggests Jimmy offer the police his full cooperation. He agrees, but only if she first ensures they have nothing on him. She later reports to Jimmy that he is clear. While he goes to the station, she collects his crew's cell phones from his office drawer. She gives them to Mitch, who doesn't take them until she suggests a cop nearly got her killed. In interrogation, Jimmy expresses remorse for the firebombing, adding he doesn't want a war started. Upon the suggestion of retribution, Jimmy offers faith the police will solve the accountant's murder. Campbell orders a search of Jimmy's office, but nothing is found. When Jimmy realizes the phones are missing, Grace panics, insisting Mitch puts a rush on scrubbing them. A meeting is held with the Lee family. They want money or blood in the truce. Jimmy doesn't have the amount requested, so they are given the heads of the two firebombers. Mitch plots a map from the cell phones. None were used near where Grace's son was killed, but he does see a pattern.
44"Sweet and Sour"Jon JonesLizzie MickeryApril 17, 2013 (2013-04-17)
Grace and Jimmy meet. He doesn't care about the raid; he only wants the phones returned. She tells him a member of his crew has been receiving empty texts from untraceable numbers, signaling the recipient to come to a specific location. Grace tells him Charlie is text recipient, but adds he is just a foot soldier. They need the mastermind. Lt. Hernandez appears to be letting up on Jimmy, possibly signifying she is the mole. After Jimmy tries to scare Charlie by driving by his meeting spot, Grace suggests doing things her way. Jimmy tells Max about the missing money, which was intended to go toward purchasing a bank. Max promises checking into it. Charlie meets Grace at a bar. After exchanging histories, including that he is deep in debt, he asks if she is after Jimmy's money. She says no. She later tells Jimmy about Charlie's debt and has possibly turned. Mitch then informs her that a text was sent near her son's school to Charlie on the day of the shooting. She and Jimmy visit Charlie at his house, where she attacks him and must be led out by Jimmy, who then tells Charlie to come to him for anything. They try to bait Charlie into a meeting, but later find he has shot and killed himself.
55"Hawala"Mike BarkerMatthew ParkhillApril 24, 2013 (2013-04-24)
Grace refuses to believe Charlie committed suicide. She and Jimmy survey the contents of his safe, which creates a pseudo-partnership between them. They chat about their respective families, until she suggests Alec's decision to firebomb the restaurant was to damage his father's reputation. This suggestion angers Jimmy. Max tells Jimmy some of the accountant's receipts found were from a hawala transaction involving international money transactions. The two go to a laundromat, which is a cover for the hawala business. There, they learn the accountant made several five-million-dollar transactions out of the country. Alec takes it upon himself to manage Charlie's business. Max tells Jimmy he saw the two men talking, and, suspicious, Jimmy gives the business to Max. Grace asks Mitch to trace the money from Charlie's safe. He tells her the money was loaned from the U.S. Treasury to undercover federal agent Michael Chen, who killed himself four months ago when discovered to be a dirty cop. Grace recalls Chen never showing for a meeting with her, set up by Wilson. She suspects Chen's and Charlie's suicides are related. Wilson says Hernandez wanted him to meet Chen, but he made Grace do it. Chen was investigating money laundering, when he came across Jimmy's name. After meeting with Chen's widow, Grace is forced off the road by an armed motorcyclist. Jimmy comes to her rescue. She calls her husband to check on him, and he is revealed to be having an affair with their daughter's teacher. At a hotel, Grace and Jimmy kiss after he tends her wounds.
66"The Second Amendment"Peter HowittMichelle ParadiseMay 1, 2013 (2013-05-01)
Grace admits to Jimmy that she is no longer a cop, but still has inside help. She calls Mitch to tell him about the motorcyclist and that it must be linked to Chen. They are being monitored. Jimmy says he no longer trusts his police mole and accidentally mentions his stolen money. Disguised as a neighborhood watch member, Jimmy gets invited by Tom into the Travis family home, where he meets Grace's daughter. Alec finds Max at Jimmy's desk, checking recent tax returns. Charlie's business has received inexplicable income. Alec tells him to get out of Jimmy's chair and they fight. Grace tells Mitch that the mole is not Hernandez, but a man. He shows her the evidence from Chen's death. The bullets match those used in Sam's and the accountant's deaths. The casings were also marked and could be traced. Jimmy informs Max that Charlie took money from Chen. He asks Max to see if the accountant was also involved. Grace updates Jimmy about Chen and that the bullets were traced to a shooting range. There, a guard tells them a survivalist collects the shell casings. In the woods, they find Jonah Mann. Jimmy must rough him up to hear he sold bullets to Charlie. Grace finds fast food wrappers and recalls Max saying he drove a long way to get a hamburger. Max and Jonah know each other. They served time together in jail, where Grace learns the accountant visited Max before Chen's and his own death. Max is sent a picture of Grace with a warning she asked about him at the jail. She meets him at a bar, and Mitch calls to tell her Max is on to her. She tries to run from Max.
77"Rumpus"Larysa KondrackiLizzie MickeryMay 8, 2013 (2013-05-08)
Max abandons pursuing Grace, now on a public street. He calls and meets his police mole, Deputy Chief Campbell, who tells him "Jackie" is no longer a cop. Her actions are her own. The Max/Campbell partnership becomes clear. Campbell turned from Jimmy when Chan told the Oakland PD the accountant laundered his money. Campbell allied with Max, now in possession of it. He orders Max to kill Grace. Mitch and Grace discuss Max and to whom he reports. She insists Jimmy needs to know; Mitch cautions her. When she tells Jimmy, he is upset with her suggesting Max is involved. Max tells Alec about Grace, and they are concerned for Jimmy. He also tells him she knows who torched the restaurant. Alec needs to silence her. He tells Jimmy what Max has said. Upset, Jimmy thinks Alec is just jealous of Max. When he asks who else know about "Jackie", Alec realizes the truth and feels betrayed. Jimmy questions Max about the accountant visiting him in prison. Max says it regarded starting a new business of his own. He also believes Grace is playing them, adding that he has been going against his father. Jimmy is distraught. The FBI tells Mitch where Chen was operating. The location was where Grace was supposed to meet him. They go there and she sees a billboard for Dragon Brewery. She recalls Sam, who was with her that day, drew pictures of a dragon afterwards, only adding a star around its neck. Campbell issues a warrant for Max's arrest to protect him. Mitch tracks Max to the docks and Grace heads there alone. When she arrives, a sniper shoots up her car and it crashes. Max finds an empty car. She ambushes him, asking why he had her son killed. Max is upset that this was all over a kid. He claims innocence and she hesitates shooting him. A struggle ensues, and he is accidentally shot in the head and dies.
88"A House Is Not a Home"Nick MurphyDaniel GoldfarbMay 15, 2013 (2013-05-15)
Grace douses Max's body with gasoline and sets the pier on fire. She showers at the motel and Jimmy arrives. He is distraught over failing Max, and she is fearful of Jimmy learning she has killed him. The pier fire becomes known. A body, believed to be a vagrant, is found, but Jimmy worries when he cannot reach his sons. Grace gets reinstated at her probation hearing in San Jose. Jimmy enters the Oakland PD, looking for answers. He asks Hernandez to view the charred remains from the pier. The body is unidentifiable, but he recognizes a watch belonging to either of his sons. He visits Alec's house, but his wife hasn't seen him. Alec, who has been camping, arrives and Jimmy knows Max is dead, but he thinks Alec killed him. A weapon is found at the burned pier, while Grace visits Jimmy. She tells him to not seek revenge. The prints on the weapon match hers, and Mitch calls her about it. Jimmy meets with Campbell, who tells him about Grace's prints. Grace spends some time with her daughter and arrives home before she is arrested in front of her family.
99"Chasing the Dragon"Larysa KondrackiJesse McKeownMay 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)
Grace is processed at Oakland PD, where Fleming finds a crumpled drawing of a dragon with a star around its neck among her possessions. Jimmy wants to make peace with Alec, who hates Jimmy for bringing Grace into the business. He also thinks Jimmy believes the wrong son died. Mitch is given five minutes with Grace, who tells him to walk away and not get taken out as she will be. He promises to find the mole. Grace's lawyer advises her confession and plea of manslaughter. Jimmy, Tom and his daughter arrive at the station. She recognizes Jimmy from meeting him. Tom asks a policeman who Jimmy is and is told he's a crime boss whose son has just been murdered. Mitch sees Wilson steal evidence from Max's case box. Wilson says he is also trying to find the mole. Hernandez interviews Jimmy about Grace, who was fixated on her son's death and convinced Max was responsible. Jimmy also alludes to their relationship. In a separate interview, Tom refuses to turn against his wife, even upon learning of her affair with Jimmy. At the office, Jimmy orders a hit on Grace. His men know someone on the inside who can do it. Fleming takes Grace to general holding and asks about the dragon drawing, but she has yet to figure it out. While in holding, a woman fights with her when it is learned she is a cop. Grace is beaten unconscious. Mitch learns Fleming and Max were childhood friends. Alec pleads with his crew to no longer trust Jimmy. At the hospital, Grace wakes and attempts to escape, but Fleming approaches her and starts choking her. He wears his five-star badge around his neck. She loses consciousness, possibly fighting the dragon that Sam saw.
1010"Killing Grace"Nick HammMatthew ParkhillMay 29, 2013 (2013-05-29)
It's five months ago and Grace is set to meet with Chen. Sam is left in the car, next to the Dragon Brewery sign, while she runs inside. However, Chen is ambushed by Charlie and Fleming on his way to the meeting. Fleming shoots Chen in the head and puts his body in a van. He then notices Sam has just witnessed the entire murder. Fleming approaches him and threatens to kill his parents if he says anything. Sam notes the star on Fleming’s chest. In the present, a nurse walks in on Fleming choking Grace, who is able to escape. When she cannot locate Mitch, she goes to Wilson, who helps her. He tells her Max and Fleming were working together to secure Max's turn from Jimmy. Campbell and Fleming also collaborated on Chen's murder. Grace and Wilson find Mitch's apartment wiped clean. She fears he is dead, takes his gun, and visits Fleming's grandmother. Jimmy arranges a deal with the Chinese, his shipping lanes for their muscle. Wilson meets with Jimmy to dissuade him off of Grace. He should be after Fleming, who was working with Max and shot Charlie and the accountant. Alec finds the Chinese has taken over the docks. His father wants a war. Fleming explains to Jimmy what has happened. It was all Max's idea to run Oakland like Jimmy and Campbell, suggesting Fleming become a cop. Fleming killed Chen when Campbell learned Chen was aware of the money laundering. Fleming finds out Grace has visited his grandmother, who is fine but says the woman is at the old Laszlo place. There, Grace subdues him but Jimmy pulls a gun on her. She only wants Fleming to admit killing Sam, which he does. She kills him and later turns herself in. Campbell tells Jimmy he thought he was being cut out of the bank purchase. He wants Jimmy out of Oakland and Alec won't be bothered. Campbell visits Grace, thanking her for taking down the rogue Fleming. He wants her on his team. She reluctantly agrees.

Season 2 (2014)[edit]

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TitleDirectorWriterOriginal air date
111"Sex, Drugs, Rock 'N Roll"Nick HammMatthew ParkhillMay 28, 2014 (2014-05-28)
Grace is on a special FBI task force investigating a prostitution ring. Her home life is complicated by her mother, Vivian, who shows up after a prolonged absence. Tom has something to tell Grace. Ethan and his team negotiate their first contract.
122"Saints of the Dead"Larysa KondrackiMichelle LovrettaJune 4, 2014 (2014-06-04)
Grace confronts Elliot and Leni about looking for Sarah. Evidence is uncovered. Detective Lee becomes a liaison. Elliot reveals to Leni the true nature of their investigation. Ethan, Ray and Spud find out about Cheat and take action.
133"You Just Get Used to It"Larysa KondrackiAvrum JacobsonJune 11, 2014 (2014-06-11)
Grace discovers Ethan hasn't been truthful about the night Cheat died. Leni reaches out to a Pentagon contact to discover how Ethan and his team met. Detective Lee follows Ethan, who, along with his team, feels endangered. Billy and Evie grow closer.
144"Hooker"Julian JarroldStory by: Tracey Forbes
Teleplay by: Ira Parker
June 18, 2014 (2014-06-18)
Grace contemplates Elliot's proposal that she go undercover. Elliot confronts Leni about speaking to her Pentagon contact. Billy gets into a fight. Spud and Ray find a potential asset who can help them. Ethan meets with a contact to ask about Nina.
155"Cruising"Anand TuckerMatthew NewmanJune 25, 2014 (2014-06-25)
Someone from Grace's past visits her, which creates a problem with Ethan. Leni's Pentagon contact reveals new information. Grace finds out about Billy's fight. The taskforce plants a bug to spy on Ethan and his team.
166"Killing an Arab"John AlexanderJuly 2, 2014 (2014-07-02)
A panicked Spud seeks Ethan's and Ray's help and hatches a plan for leaving town. Grace shares what she learned about Ethan with Leni and Elliot. Alec attempts to alter his deal with Campbell. Elliot makes an arrest which creates problems.
177"The Last Supper"Paul A. KaufmanJuly 9, 2014 (2014-07-09)
Ethan tells Grace they borrowed money from the wrong men. Suspicious, he checks out her background. She tries to help Billy but it backfires. Ray realizes something is wrong with Spud, and they have a heart-to-heart talk.
188"Better Red than Dead"John AlexanderJuly 16, 2014 (2014-07-16)
Ethan and Ray are forced to decide what to do about Spud. Leni and Grace speculate about the money Ethan has given away. Ethan tracks Grace. Billy tries to win Evie back, and she confronts Grace, who finds a new clue in the search for Sarah.
199"Oh Sarah"Martin DonovanJuly 23, 2014 (2014-07-23)
Leni and Grace make a surprise discovery in Vancouver. The truth about Cheat's death is revealed. Ethan and Ray follow their own leads to Vancouver and disagree about what to do with the money. Evie decides to stay with Tom.
2010"Coup de Grace"Larysa KondrackiJuly 30, 2014 (2014-07-30)
Ethan and Ray fight. Grace apologizes to Evie. Leni and Grace discover the original source of Ethan's money. Sarah and Grace team up to track Ethan and Ray. Grace receives pushback when filing her report. Ethan is visited by high-ranking official. Grace is tasered and abducted, and Evie calls out for her, yielding no response.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thandie Newton Goes Rogue Sexy Suspense Drama From The Movie Network and Movie Central Premieres April 3". Corus Entertainment. January 9, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 11, 2013). "DirecTV’s ‘Rogue’ Renewed For Season 2". Deadline Hollywood. 
  3. ^ "DirecTV’s ‘Rogue’ Season 2 Premiere Set For May 28". Deadline Hollywood. March 18, 2014. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 12, 2014). "DirecTV's 'Rogue' Gets Two-Season Renewal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rogue: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rogue: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 

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