The missions of a major city's police department's Special Weapons and Tactics unit.The missions of a major city's police department's Special Weapons and Tactics unit.The missions of a major city's police department's Special Weapons and Tactics unit.
This is a spin-off of The Rookies. It is most notable for an infectious theme song and being a part of the increasing TV violence landscape. It's a response to the rising violence out in the real streets and contributes to the militarization of the police which continues into present day TV. In the first season, they are battling leftist fake news, the crazies, the criminals, and an ungrateful public. The action is good but the stories are boring. At least, it has a point of view. The second season pulls back from the political diatribes and turns it more into a regular cop show for both good and bad. The bad guys are kept to the easy villains like racists, mobsters, thieves, and arsonists. It's interesting that most of them are white. In general, it doesn't want to dig into the more difficult social issues unless it's decrying white supremacy. One of the good episode is a two-parter called The Running Man which seems to be setting up a spin-off which never occurs. It sometimes gets ridiculous like the scuba underwater gang which is reminiscent of a serious Baywatch episode. The action is still violent. It does remind me of the 80's A-team except some of the bad guys get shot and killed. With some quicker edits and sexier visuals, this could be a present day police show. The last episode returns to treating police action with more social seriousness. The story of officer Luca killing a man is retold by the only three witnesses in a Rashomon style telling. All in all, it's violent and with more flash, it would fit into a modern cop show. Essentially, that the recent remake.
- Oct 11, 2020