Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Romeo Section


The Romeo Section follows spymaster Professor Wolfgang McGee [Bob Dobbs], an academic who secretly manages a roster of espionage assets.

These assets, referred to as Romeo or Juliet spies, are informants engaged in intimate long or short-term relations with state intelligence targets. Wolfgang is a semi-retired Romeo operator, having worked his way up from youth in an unnamed and officially deniable “service” under the umbrella of Canada’s Intelligence Community.

Chad & Bob review The Romeo Section
14 May 2016

The story takes place in Vancouver, frequently around the University of British Columbia where Bob visited with Chad and Angela back in February, 2013, and remarked that the campus looked very wealthy and that it could only be possible with the financing from China’s “Dope Inc”. The Romeo Section mirrors Bob’s observations made during his visit to the UBC in 2013. In fact, most of the locations featured in the show are on the UBC campus, close to where Chad and Angela lived, and where Bob spent most of his time during his visit.

Characters in the show and who they portray from iONdom:
Wolfgang McGee = Bob
Rufus Decker = Chad
Lily Song = Angela
Al = Carolyn
Wing Lei = iON
Dee = Sara W. iON
Vince Taggart = James Martinez
Miguel = Matthew Hurtado / Nardwuar the Human Serviette
Eva = Sarah Landucci
General Wu = David Worcester / 418 Member
Fred Foy (U.S. Agent) = JW, trying to capture Matthew
The Gascoynes (Captured Canadian spies in China) = Pam Wall & Randy Maugans
Helen (Wolfgang's mentor) = Mae Brussell
Kelly Hadler (Wolfgang's professor colleague) = Ginney
Ivan = Keith / Kigye
Wolfgang is a maverick intelligence agent who works outside the boundaries of his employers, and is quick to tell them to go fuck themselves.

The actor who plays Wolfgang’s boss in the Canadian Intelligence Service also played the observer named “December” from Fringe.

In episode 2, Wolfgang tells another character that he “does very little, but is very good at recruiting others to do things for him”.

Wolfgang steals away from Al’s boat in a little rowboat, a la Bob’s paddling days at the Banook Canoe Club.

In episode 2, Wolfgang attends a private art exhibition like Bob did when he visited Vancouver.

Miguel, the Mexican guy trying to get sanctuary is UBC radio host Nardwuar the Human Serviette because he keeps trying to evade Wolfgang (Bob) just like Nardwuar did when Bob tried to get on his show.

The passage from Art of War read by the young Chinese boss mentions "Five classes of spies" working as a system, which could be taken to represent the Five Bodies——hence the use of spies, of whom there are five classes:

local spies (Chemical Body)
inward spies (Astral Body)
converted spies (TV Body)
doomed spies (Chip Body)
surviving spies (Mystery Body because there is no “death”—everybody survives)

When these five kinds of spy are all at work, none can discover the secret system. This is called “divine manipulation of the threads.” It is the sovereign’s most precious faculty.

The patterns of dialogue in the show closely resemble the dialogue patterns in Bob’s Android Meme Xenochrony Diaries.

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