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An alien race called the Taelons has come to Earth and has used their advanced technology to eliminate world hunger and cure many diseases. When Taelon representative Da'an is giving a speech in public, a sniper tries to assassinate him. Billionaire Jonathan Doors jumps in front of Da'an and is killed. A police officer named William Boone, a close friend of the would-be assassin, is offered the position of Da'an's Protector (i.e. personal bodyguard). He refuses, claiming to be a happily-married man. When his wife is murdered, Boone is understandably suspicious. He learns that Jonathan Doors faked his death and has founded La Résistance to find out the Taelons' true purpose on Earth. Doors urges Boone to accept Da'an's offer in order to become The Mole. All Companion Protectors are normally implanted with a Cyber-Viral Implant (CVI), which not only enhances their abilities, but also ensures their loyalty to the Taelons. Thanks to another mole, Boone receives a modified CVI, which lacks the conditioning.

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  • 90% of Your Brain: Sandoval claims that most people only use 30% of their brain when trying to explain to Boone why he agreed to a CVI.
  • Artistic License – Economics: The show's writers seem to think that world hunger is caused by farmers not growing enough food. Nope, the real issue are supply chains or lack thereof. If there is no way for food to reach someone, then it might as well not exist for that person.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: The cops seem to think so, since they rule that Boone's wife's death was an accident: she was driving fast, clipped a truck, and her car exploded.
  • Faking the Dead: Jonathan Doors fakes his death in order to operate underground and run La Résistance.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Sandoval uses his Skrill to hit the tall building where the sniper is hiding and nearly kills the sniper. Probably justified by him using the CVI to tell the Skrill where to fire.
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  • Laser Sight: The sniper is using one at the beginning to try to assassinate Da'an, which is how Doors knows to jump in front of him. Of course, given that this was Doors's plan all along, it may have been intentional, but then no one wonders why he used a laser sight.
  • The Mole: Boone becomes one for La Résistance in the Taelon North American embassy. Dr. Belman is one as well.
  • Neural Implanting: The CVI inserted into the brain and enhances the person's basic intelligence and grants them Photographic Memory. In addition, the CVI also conditions the person to always be loyal to the Taelons. This last feature is not advertised to the public.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Boone's wife is murdered by someone shortly after Boone lists her as his reason for not accepting Da'an's offer.
  • Organic Technology: Like all other Companion Protectors, Boone is given a Skrill, which is basically an organic Energy Weapon that is permanently attached to his right forearm and interfaces with his CVI.
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  • Pronoun Trouble: Since the Taelons are a One-Gender Race, neither third-person pronoun fits. However, for the sake of expediency, "he" is the acceptable form.
  • La Résistance: Doors has founded it for the express purpose of discovering the true reason for the Taelon presence on Earth.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Boone's introduction has him complaining to the Mayor that none of the security measures he has recommended have been implemented for Da'an's arrival, including snipers on the roofs and a bulletproof glass on the stage. Sandoval tells him that Da'an wanted to be closer to the people. But this is what allows the sniper to get into a position to aim a rifle at Da'an.
  • Taking the Bullet: Jonathan Doors jumps in front of Da'an and takes the sniper's bullet for him. It turns out to all have been a part of his plan to fake his death.


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