A New York homicide detective is cursed with immortality.
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 Detective (8 episodes, 2008)
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A Dutch soldier in the 1600's saves the life of a native woman and is granted the power of eternal youth in return. In the 2000's he is a police detective in New York City, and after 400 years, knows just about everything about the way the criminal mind works. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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The Native Americans performed their immortality ritual on John on the island of Manhattan, just south of where Times Square would be built, on Broadway. See more »

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Why is he a cop?
11 February 2009 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

I just saw it for the first time last night. However unoriginal the premise, it is still intriguing. As I understand it, the central character has witnessed the entire history of New York City. That is at least as interesting as the immortality bit.

So immortality has been done. No problem. Now why is he a cop? That has been done and done and done. This review is based on a single episode, but I saw so many elements that are hallmarks of prime-time mediocrity. They have a police department that is staffed by former underwear models. Not a single cop in the city wears a uniform. A conflict is introduced and resolved in one episode, and the solution is embarrassingly simplistic (talking to people with street cred until someone gives them a tape recording of the murder).

I see that it was canceled last year in the US. Honestly, it had potential. Someone took a good idea and played to the middle. If the formula worked for twenty other cop shows, why should it not work one more time?


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