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Pretty dumb--and it's hard to imagine that this was episode #1~
planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
22 February 2013
When I was a kid, my family always watched "The Rookies" among other
shows. However, I was a kid and have no idea if the show is any good.
So, tonight I put in the first disc from the series and was
shocked--shocked at how dumb episode #1 was. I am talking about REALLY
dumb! So dumb you wonder why they began with this sort of episode and
not something stronger!
"Concrete Valley Neon Sky" is set in a magical fairy world they call
'the inner city'. I say this because it looks NOTHING like a real tough
city--nothing. First off, no place (even Detroit) has trash EVERYWHERE
like this place...and like this trash....it's so clean looking trash!
The 'gangs' are hilarious--the guys mostly look like 30 year old
college students--not tough hooligans. And, these gangs are 100%
integrated and very well dressed--with button up shirts and no holes in
their clothes. It comes off as hilarious--fake and very, very funny.
The new rookies in the department (in other words, the black guy) are
asked by their lieutenant to go into 'the bad part of town' to get
these hooligans to start hanging out at the new rec center. But, the
thugs have contempt for the police, so the black guy heads their after
his friend is beaten up and 'gets real with them' and eventually wins
their hearts like Sidney Poitier won hearts in "To Sir, With Love"! It
all ends with a funny scene with a guy who really over-emotes and
sweats like he's been sitting in a sauna! To say this is fake and
contrived is an understatement. To make it worse, it's not especially
enjoyable or entertaining. Either my family was stupid (a distinct
possibility) for watching the show or the show got a lot better.
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