ⓘ XIII: The Series

XIII: The Series

ⓘ XIII: The Series

XIII: The Series is an English-language Franco-Canadian TV series that premiered in April 2011 in France and Canada. Loosely based on the Belgian graphic novel series created by Jean Van Hamme and William Vance debuting in 1984, about an amnesiac protagonist who seeks to discover his concealed past. The TV series follows the events of the 2008 TV film XIII: The Conspiracy, which was also produced by Prodigy Pictures and Cipango. The first season follows the plot in parallel with the existing volumes in the comic series, while the second season diverts into an all-new original story arc.


1. Production

Shaw Media then still known as Canwest announced on 9 July 2010 the new dramas Blackstone, Endgame, King, and XIII would be produced for the 2010-11 season and that Combat Hospital would be produced for the 2011-12 season in addition to the already announced series Shattered and Lost Girl. Along with four comedies and three pilot movies it made for the largest order for scripted original programming that Canwest had ever done. Production on XIII began on 13 September 2010 with filming in and around Toronto, including Barber Mill, Georgetown, Ontario. Portions of XIII were also filmed in Paris.


2. Characters

  • Demore Barnes as Chief of Staff Martin Reynolds season 2: Chief of Staff to President Carrington, Reynolds is a loyal aide to his president, while completely aware of his crumbling sanity. His devotion to his leader comes from being a true patriot and a soldier. He is Carringtons "Praetorian Guard" in his effort to maintain power long enough against President-elect Traymore to destroy HEARPE.
  • Vanessa Matsui as Laura Amos season 1-2: Amoss wife and a teacher. She is killed in the Synequanon bombing by Victor, for which XIII is blamed.
  • Bruce Ramsay as Max Vargas season 2: Founder and leader of The Veil, Vargas was a Chilean revolutionary deeply committed to protecting the world from globalization. He is imprisoned by the U.S. government after the Synequanon bombing with XIII.2s assistance, however XIII and his allies later rescue him. Vargas is revealed as an operative of the New World Order and leaves the group to expose the others to them, only to be captured and sent into the White House by XIII.2 in a suicide bombing that kills him.
  • Greg Bryk as DNI Samuel Amos season 1-2: The Director of National Intelligence under President Ben Carrington and former US Army Colonel - a title the President still uses with him, Amos believes that his job is to protect the United States government at any cost, even if that means taking the law into his own hands. A highly intelligent ex-military man, he spent his time in the service behind the lines, planning strategies and developing innovative tactics – skills that he carried with him into his current office. While he requires rules and order, he doesnt hesitate to get his hands dirty when necessary. He has deep mistrust and suspicion of XIII and his mysterious past, and has repeatedly attempted to have him removed or killed for national security - Amos sees him as dangerous and uncontrollable, and his links to black operations are too dangerous to remain free. In Season 2, Amos has been removed from his position after killing Sheridan, and is now CEO of Synequanon. After Victor bombs Synequanon headquarters, killing Amoss wife and daughter, Amos thirsts for vengeance against XIII; believing, incorrectly, he is responsible. Later after a massive manhunt, he learns the truth, and teams up with him to defeat Victor and destroy HEARPE. Amos also forms a relationship with President-elect Harriet Traymore and works with her to oust Carrington from power in exchange for his restoration as DNI. He is now leading the government on a manhunt for XIII - the only thing that now matters to him.
  • Wole Daramola as Mozambique season 2: A loyal member of The Veil, Mozambique hides a brilliant mind behind a mountain of muscle. Its hard to say what hes devoted to more - the movement, or Betty. He remains Betty and XIIIs loyal companion during their time as fugitives following the Synequanon bombing. He is willingly killed by XIII during single combat after the group is imprisoned by Xu Corporation, to give the others a chance at freedom.
  • Ingrid Kavelaars as President Harriet Traymore season 2: The former Governor of Alaska and current President of the United States, Traymore was the Republican nominee following the death of former President Wally Sheridan in Season 1, who was campaigning to reclaim the Oval Office himself at the time for President in the 2016 elections. She is ambitious, ruthless, sexually manipulative, and a perfect match for Amos with whom she is having an affair. Carrington is dismayed when Traymore wins the general election in a landslide, but refuses to cede power to the President-elect, not believing she recognizes the danger of HEARPE. Traymore battles Carrington for the office until the end of Season 2, when her forces storm Carringtons bunker beneath the White House and imprison him. Harriet Traymore is sworn in as the nations second female President on 20 January 2017.
  • Aaron Ashmore as Dillon Masters season 1: A computer genius with an IQ off the charts, Dillon was thrown out of MIT for hacking the physics departments computers and revising most of the accepted theorems they were working from - while they threw him out of school, they also kept using his revisions. Three years ago, Jones busted Dillon and made a deal with him – he stays out of the CIA computer system, and she doesnt toss him in jail. A bond of sorts was formed and these days Jones still reaches out to Dillon when she needs high tech, off-the- books. Dillon is brilliant, but with his brilliance, comes a quirkiness and a healthy streak of larceny, which means that Jones and XIII never know exactly how far they can trust him. In the Season 1 finale, he is badly injured by Irina. His fate is left unknown.
  • Virginie Ledoyen as Irina Svetlanova season 1: A strong, sexy and ruthless Russian mercenary, Irina works as Wally Sheridans operative, hunting for the Renelco weapon, and so regularly clashes with XIII. Irina feels no emotion about the line of work she has chosen. Lethal with a knife, gun or hand-to-hand combat, she kills whenever the price is right. In the Season 1 finale, Irina is shot and killed by XIII.
  • Jessica Field as Abigail Amos season 1-2: Amoss daughter. She is killed in the Synequanon bombing by Victor, for which XIII is blamed.
  • Caterina Murino as Samantha "Sam" Taylor season 1: The owner of a New York photo shop, Sam is loyal and passionate, as well as clever and strong-willed. During the Roman Numeral Conspiracy, Sam herself on the line for XIII, and almost ended up in prison. When XIII disappeared, she thought he was dead, until one day a stranger walked into her shop - it was XIII, coming back into her life and once again, turning it upside down. Having already helped XIII in his efforts to expose the conspiracy two years ago, she also agrees to aid his efforts of uncovering his true identity. After a short time, Sam and XIII succumbed to their feelings and became lovers. She is shot and killed by Irina, during an arranged robbery, but the truth was ultimately found out and XIII killed Irina in revenge.
  • Stuart Townsend as Victor Gong/"XIII.2" season 2: An exact physical double of XIII, Victor is an operative of Xu Corporation working to develop the weather controlling HEARPE Project, to the point he performs terrorist bombings and assassinations in the United States to undermine their governments attempts to oppose Xu. Seemingly a psychotic and homicidal doppelganger of the real XIII, Victor is shown to have deeper reasoning behind his actions - he is secretly using Xu in his effort to battle the New World Order that apparently created him, XIII and countless previous clones who served them and their purposes. While still taking orders from Leon Barnowsky, he has secretly broken free to bring down their empire. Another objective from his actions was to get XIII to remember their agreement to work together against the Order. In the Season 2 finale, a virtual reality battle to the death between XIII and Victor results in his virtual death, and HEARPE is destroyed. But his real fate is never determined, and his status remains unknown.
  • Aisha Tyler as Agent/Secretary Lauren Jones season 1-2: A resourceful and determined government agent and former US Army Major, Jones was an Ivy League graduate, former military sniper who served under General Carrington and a top Secret Service agent. Her relationship with XIII is complicated; she was XIIIs friend and partner, as well as his former lover, but that ended when XIII lost his memory, but afterwards remained the only one he thought he could trust. Jones, during the events of the Roman Numeral Conspiracy, was a CIA operative who worked with XIII to expose the conspiracy. At the start of the series, Jones had been told XIII was stationed overseas on a black operation. When XIII resurfaces, having really been secretly imprisoned by her boss DNI Amos, Jones is transferred to Homeland Security and assigned by Amos to assist XIII in his investigation of the Renelco weapon and Rainer Gerhardt, as well as XIIIs own efforts of uncovering his true identity - her shared history with XIII makes her the perfect person to help him and track him for Amos. In the Season 1 finale, Jones, on the orders of President Carrington, she shot XIII in an assassination attempt. In Season 2, for her loyalty, Jones was promoted to U.S. Secretary of State. Secretly, Jones never forgave herself for shattering XIIIs trust in her. After XIII appeared again, miraculously alive and believed responsible for the Synequanon bombing, Jones makes a fateful decision - during a confrontation with XIII, she is fatally shot by XIII.2 - XIIIs double who was truly responsible for the bombing - and died in the real XIIIs arms. In the Season 2 finale, Jones was revealed to have been XIIIs trainer with the New World Order, establishing their history went back further than believed.
  • Lisa Berry as Grier season 2-: An operative of the New World Order, working directly for Leon Barnowsky.
  • Ho Chow as Terrance Pong season 2: The CEO of the Chinese conglomerate Xu Corporation, he is both the Chinese equivalent and nemesis of Samuel Amos, who secretly employs Victor to lead the development of HEARPE. He is later arrested and imprisoned after Betty murders Ai Ning, and frames Pong for the crime, allowing her to usurp Pongs position.
  • Sarah Lian as Ai Ning season 2: Heiress to Xu Corporation and Victors wife, who welcomes XIII into his home and her bed to prove his "restored" identity, although the deception is later uncovered. Ai Ning is murdered by Betty as part of her plan with Victor to take over Xu. Pong was framed by Betty and blamed for her murder.
  • Stephen Dorff XIII: The Conspiracy and Stuart Townsend season 1-2 as Ryan Flay/"XIII": A covert CIA operative and former secret agent who doesnt remember who he is, or his own name, but retains his sophisticated combat and infiltration skills from his government training. His exploration of his past is the focus of the series - XIII was sent on secret missions so dark that no one in Washington knew their actual purpose: the most recent was the Sally Sheridan assassination, where an elaborate cover-up changed his face. While ultimately successful, XIIIs memory was erased, and he was betrayed by the government and locked away deep inside an Eastern European prison. At the start of the series he escaped, and now hes searching for answers, uncovering his shadowy past and the international conspiracies that threatens his present. Powerful figures threaten and manipulate him as he gets closer to the mysterious center of a deadly puzzle - where the key to all the intrigue is XIII. Other names he has been referred to include "Seamus ONeill", "El Cascador", "Jason Peter Mullway" and "Victor Gong". As of the Season 2 finale, he is in hiding with Betty, his lover who is pregnant with his child, and Barnabis, a loyal ally, in South America.
  • Jack Yang as Winslow Wong season 2: An operative of Xu Corporation and rival of Victor. He is killed in the Season 2 finale in an explosion set off by Victor, after he was prepared to take control of HEARPE away from him.
  • Stephen McHattie as President Ben Carrington season 1-2: A former US Army four-star General and President of the United States, Carrington understands that, in protecting the government, operating within the gray areas gets results – hence he respects Jones, who will bend the rules for the betterment of the whole, and XIII most of all. While Carrington is willing to stretch the limits of his position, he disdains dirty politics and backroom deal making. He is honest and forthright, while at the same time, thick-skinned and relentlessly tough. A good man to have as a friend, and a terrible man to have as an enemy. Carrington, during the events of the Roman Numeral Conspiracy, was Deputy Director of the NSA and worked with XIII to expose the conspiracy, during which his daughter, Kim Rowland, is killed. At the start of the series, Carrington had left the military and went into politics as a Democrat, becoming Vice President to Republican President Wally Sheridan. After using evidence of the conspiracy to blackmail Sheridan into resigning, Carrington becomes President to finish out Sheridans term. When XIII resurfaces, he forms a workable arrangement with Carrington to track down the Renelco weapon and retrieve it; all in the hopes of uncovering his true identity. Carrington makes it clear that he both trusts and respects XIII after his efforts to expose the Roman Numeral Conspiracy, and grants him all the access and resources he can to aid in his quest. Carrington had faced a difficult re-election against Wally Sheridan; who has steadily discredited Carrington in the eyes of the public, but he does gain a sense of peace with Kims death when he takes her newly found son; Roger, under his protection though when it is found Roger is Kims illegitimate son with Sheridan himself, it further escalates the animosity between them. In the Season 1 finale, Carrington orders Jones to turn on XIII and shoot him with a sniper rifle, with XIII briefly remembering Carrington was behind the Renelco mission and had used him all along. In Season 2, Carrington was campaigning for a full four-year term in his own right in the 2016 presidential election, but lost the general election in a landslide to former Alaska Republican Governor Harriet Traymore. Desperate to remain in power long enough to destroy HEARPE, Carrington declares martial law in order to hold onto the presidency, even as his supporters dwindle and his sanity crumbles. In the Season 2 finale, Carrington makes his last stand and his arrested by Traymores military, who force him to finally surrender the office on 20 January 2017. Carrington has been imprisoned in Guantanamo, declared dead to the public, but labeled as a hero for his efforts to destroy HEARPE. He is now facing endless hours of torture by Amos for XIIIs whereabouts.
  • Ephraim Ellis as Frederick Barnowsky season 2: Bettys brother and Leons son, Frederick was a government scientist working as an inside source for The Veil, which his sister was involved in. He was shot and killed by Victor with a sniper rifle when he attempted to pass on information to Betty about HEARPE.
  • Roxane Mesquida as Betty Barnowsky season 2: A beautiful young French environmental activist, Betty is a political idealist, and one of the main members of the anti-globalization group The Veil. A free spirit, Betty is a lover, not a fighter. However, what her activist friends dont know is that she has a secret that goes against everything they believe in - her father, Leon, is a leading member of the New World Order, and Betty herself is in hiding from them. When Betty meets XIII, she convinces him to join The Veil, starting a chain of events that are explored in Season 2 - Betty seduces XIII and becomes his lover, as well as XIII.2s. She becomes pregnant from their sexual relationship; although she doesnt know which of them is the father. Despite her fugitive status, following the disbanding of The Veil and battles against Xu Corporation and the New World Order itself, Betty is determined to protect her child from the forces pursuing them. As of the Season 2 finale, she is in hiding with XIII and Barnabis in South America.
  • Christian Martyn as Roger Hansby season 1: Sheridans illegitimate son with Kim Rowland, and Carringtons grandson. He has been placed in government protection.
  • Michael Ironside as Leon Barnowsky season 2: Betty and Fredericks father and a leading member of the New World Order. In the Season 2 finale, Leon gives orders to Victor to complete his mission for HEARPE and kill XIII, but he appears as a vision to XIII himself to reveal key parts of his past and connection to the Order.
  • Matthew Bennett as Max Serle season 1: A former CIA operative and US Army technical ordnance officer, Serle is the only other surviving operative from the Renelco mission, and a search for him by XIII, the government and Sheridan and Gerhardts operatives is the focus of Season 1. He is finally located and fatally shot in a showdown in his remote bunker hideout, by a team of Sheridans operatives led by Irina, but not before giving XIII the final piece of the puzzle behind the mission they did together.
  • Peter MacNeill as Sean Mullway season 1: A CIA operative stationed overseas as an asset with the IRA, Mullway may have been XIIIs biological father. He is killed in a shootout with Gerhardts operatives, denying XIII the chance to confirm this or learn more of his past.
  • Ted Atherton as President Walter "Wally" Sheridan season 1: The former President of the United States, Sheridan is the second member of his family to hold that office - following his sister, Sally, who was assassinated - an effort Sheridan masterminded to gain the office for himself. At the start of the series, Sheridan had been blackmailed into resigning by Carrington, but even out of office, Sheridan is pulling strings and making deals he believes will result in making the United States a stronger nation. Sheridan is ambitious, well-connected, and has his own reasons for following XIII. During the Roman Numeral Conspiracy, Sheridan was the Republican Governor of North Carolina, and was present at the assassination of his sister, President Sally Sheridan, in 2010. Sheridan campaigned for the presidency in 2012, claiming to take up his sisters legacy, and ultimately won the election and supervised the effort to capture or eliminate the remaining members. Sheridan was sworn-in as the nations 46th President on 20 January 2013. In truth, XIII and his government allies realized too late that Sheridan himself was the mastermind behind the conspiracy. Two years following the events of the mini-series, Sheridan is revealed to have actually left the presidency, having been blackmailed into resigning during the spring of 2015 by his Democratic Vice President, Ben Carrington, after threatening him with evidence that Sheridan had his sister killed so he could take office. Despite retirement, which Sheridan cited as due to a diagnosis with a chronic heart problem, Sheridan remains largely popular with the public, and, after joining forces with Rainer Gerhardt to locate and retrieve the Renelco information weapon in exchange for the funding and support he needs to regain power, and having already been steadily discrediting Carrington, eventually comes forward and announces his bid for re-election for the 2016 presidential elections against Carrington. Sheridan, like his operative, Irina Svetlanova, attempts to gain XIIIs trust, having arranged the effort to get him out of the Eastern European black site, as well as aid him in his efforts of uncovering his true identity. Ultimately, however, Sheridan is established as an enemy of XIII and dedicated to eliminating him as, in his eyes, XIII is endangering his effort to regain power. Sheridan was delighted to learn he had a son with Carringtons daughter, Kim, before her death in the mini-series, and this knowledge increases his desire to regain the presidency. In the Season 1 finale, Samuel Amos confronts Sheridan in his home and attempts to bluff him into shooting himself in an effort to derail his plans to get back in power. Sheridan calmly refuses and they shoot each other. In Season 2, it is revealed Sheridan was killed by Amos, for which he has been removed from his position. With his death, former Alaska Governor Harriet Traymore became the Republican nominee for President by default - she later won the general election in November 2016 by a massive landslide over the Democratic incumbent, Carrington. Sheridan was buried at his Presidential Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Tom Berenger as Rainer Gerhardt season 1: A mysterious billionaire who has grand designs to reshuffle the balance of world power. Educated, sophisticated and worldly, Gerhardt is a high powered industrialist, which puts him in a prime position to affect international events. He works with Wally Sheridan to secure the Renelco weapon for his plans, in exchange for supporting Sheridans efforts to regain power. He is killed in the Season 1 finale when XIII, to retake the Renelco weapon from him, shoots him dead.
  • Tara Rosling as Heike season 1: Gerhardts loyal subordinate and intermediary with Sheridan.
  • Kristi Angus as Mischa Martin season 2-: A journalist reporting on the events of the series.
  • Rob Ramsay as Barnabis season 2-: A computer genius and comic book geek, Barnabis is recruited by XIII and his allies in their efforts to destroy HEARPE and defeat Victor. As of the Season 2 finale, he is in hiding with XIII and Betty in South America.
  • Paulino Nunes as DCI Frank Giordino season 1: The Director of the CIA under President Ben Carrington and immediate subordinate of Samuel Amos, Giordino heads up the investigation into XIII and the mysterious missions of his past. If he has to, hell make deals and cross lines to track Jones and XIII, following their clues towards a mysterious power threatening the very fabric of the American government - the Renelco weapon. The head of the CIA is later revealed as Sheridans mole in the CIA, having originally been appointed by him and maintains his loyalty in exchange for opportunities for power alongside Sheridan. Giordino was exposed and goes rogue, with Amos taking over the CIA directly in his place. After he attempted to kidnap Sheridans illegitimate son with Kim Rowland, Roger, for leverage, XIII threw Giordino from a moving train to his death but his body was not found.

3.1. Episodes The Conspiracy 2008

The two-part mini-series served as a backdoor pilot for the series and stars Val Kilmer, Stephen Dorff as "XIII" as well as series regulars Stephen McHattie, Greg Bryk, Ted Atherton and Caterina Murino. It premiered in France on Canal+ on 6 and 13 October 2008, was first broadcast in Canada on Global and in the USA on NBC on 8 and 15 February 2009, in Australia on Nine on 1 and 8 November 2009, and in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2009 on Five. Showcase rebroadcast the show in Canada in 2010 and ReelzChannel rebroadcast it in the USA in 2012 before they started showing Season 1.


3.2. Episodes Season 1 2011

The first season of XIII consists of 13 episodes with Gil Grant as showrunner. It premiered in France on 18 April 2011 on Canal+, where two episodes were shown on Monday nights. The North American debut for the series was 19 April 2011 in Canada on Mystery TV, where the series was shown at 10:00 am ET on Tuesday mornings. The series was shown in prime-time in Canada on Showcase, where episodes were shown Wednesday nights at 10:00 pm ET and were also available in HDTV. The twelfth and thirteenth episodes were shown Tuesdays at 10:00 pm ET on Showcase due to the return of Weeds seventh season. In the United States it was shown on prime-time on Friday nights more than a year later on the ReelzChannel starting 29 June 2012.


3.3. Episodes Season 2 2012

After a period of some uncertainty, a Twitter announcement on 11 December 2011 by Stuart Townsend, the actor who plays "XIII", stated the series was renewed for a second season. It further states the show will undergo "a major retooling, taking the show in a new direction". Filming began on 13 February 2012, in Toronto, Canada.

The second season consists of 13 episodes with Roger Avary as showrunner. It premiered in France on 15 October 2012 on Canal+, where two to three episodes were shown on Monday nights for a period of six weeks. It is expected to be rebroadcast on M6 in 2013.

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