The Rookie (2018– )
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EDIT: 4/2019 - upped my score from 8 to 9/10... the writing has vastly improved; more realistic (and original) drama, and much less cliched cheese. Keep it up guys!
Although he is not a swift Firefly like his comrade rookies, but he is still a BrownCoat at heart.
Great show with great potential
UPDATE 12/2018: Took a while, but as of episode 7 the quality improved considerably. No more shallow rookie hazing, finally some character depth. People you can and want to relate to. But episode 8 really got it rolling. Interesting perspective on what the job does to you, nicely done. I hope the writers keep giving the cast that kind of material, they must love the opportunity to apply their skills and talent. If this quality is permanent, it's a winner. Upping my rating to 8/10.
I only hope they'll keep morality plays, politics, and "grand messages" on the back burner - - - give us quality stories, good characters, writing that respects the intelligence of the viewers, a bit of action with some humor thrown in for good measure, and you'll have a loyal following.....
Honestly, I had no hope for this show. I figured after "Firefly" and "Castle" that Nathan Fillion was just on the Jump-the-Shark train from now on, especially after the controversial ending of "Castle" and issues with his co-star Stana Katic. Well--I was wrong! I was riveted, the Pilot was really good!
Sure, a little bit of Nathan Fillion spilled out, but that's what makes him who he is and it was tolerable. He didn't go into the Brooding Mal or the silly Castle--he was just right. He actually looks like he got into shape to play this role, kudos to him for working so hard. Let's face it, he's a good looking man, and here he looks like he did in "Firefly" with just a few more smile lines.
I stuck around to watch eps. 2 and 3. And I am totally on board. It's an eye opening procedural that really shows what rookies in the LAPD must go through. The fact that it's from the perspective of a 40 something year old rookie definitely gives an interesting twist!
There is drama, action, emotion, heart and humor. AND the police body cam shots are new and interesting, they really add to the experience. I give a huge double thumbs up, go and watch it! If you like police procedurals or Nathan Fillion you can't go wrong.
Oh, and if the writer's are reading, please have some guest stars from the "Firefly" and "Castle" days. that would be cool! ;)
But this show is lame and filled with cliches. None of these actors are believable cops. And I can see that the shills are out and handing out 10's like they're going out of style. lol
The police procedural all police procedurals need to be measured against is Southland. And this one is not even close.
Putting all that aside, this was an outstanding first episode of what appears to have the possibility of being a great show. Enjoyed the fact that it was really about all the rookies, not just the "40-year old rookie." The stories of all the characters were interesting and the revelation about one of the TO's was particularly stunning.
Looking forward to a season of great stories with lots of character development and interesting plots.
Nathan Fillion as the lead is tremendous in his role of Rookie Officer Nolan. He brings his innate charm to the role of a downtrodden man that seeks to find meaning in his life by joining the police force. There is heart in his performances and that becomes the conduit through which the audience can empathize and sympathize with him and the more jaded police officers of the show. His signature brazen attitude is toned down compared to his role in Castle or his Captain Mal from Firefly. In the more somber moments of the show you can see that Officer Nolan has pain in his heart and has been through rough times, but he champions through it. That's where Fillion does his best work.
The rest of the cast also does a great job, but there are the unavoidable stereotypes. The three main actors orbiting Fillion are Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Grey, the sergeant that doesn't like Nolan because he's too old to be a cop, trying to crush his morale in hopes that he will either quit or be a better officer for it. His performance is solid and the chemistry between him and Fillion is palpable. The little side-eyes and moments of silence are awkward but fun to watch as you root for Nolan but also understand Sergeant Grey's viewpoint.
His trainer, officer Bishop played by Afton Williamson, is a tough officer that's overly ambitious and sees Nolan as an opportunity to get to the detective seat faster. She is his anchor in the show, pulling Nolan down to reality. There are glances in the show that are done very expertly and subtly by Williamson, where you as the audience realize that she actually begins to admire and respect Nolan. That humanizes her character and makes her likable.
Melissa O'Neil portrays rookie Lucy Chen, who is romantically involved with Nolan. She is initially presented as a badass rookie that has a take charge attitude. O'Neil is very believable as that character and her chemistry with Fillion is great. However, her chemistry with Eric Winter's character as her trainer, Officer Bradford, is what helps the character stand on her own and not just as the romantic interest. She is constantly challenged and belittled by Bradford who is jaded but sincere in his desire to make her the best officer she can be. I liken his character to that of John C. McGinley's Dr. Cox from Scrubs.
So far this shows sets itself apart from the current "cop dramas" on tv. Shows like Magnum PI, Lethal Weapon and NCIS tend to sensationalize how crime fighting is done. The Rookie doesn't shy away from law enforcement lingo and spouting regulations, but it is not done to glamorize how roguish or cool the lead characters are. In fact, Officer Nolan and his fellow rookies learn from each episode what it means to be a better officer.
After that, the show continues to lurch from one unbelievable scene to another. The women are all badass and the men - except for Nathan's character, all have a level of ickiness. Especially the one T.O. who is racist, sexist, and mean, but then, oh gee, we should feel sorry for him because his wife's a drug addict. Yeah,no. Oh, and of course, all the hot women nearly half his age love John Nolan on sight.
The whole show is like a middle-aged white male fantasy - right up to the Kill Bill female cop that's Nolan's girlfriend. This is too bad, because the actual true story behind The Rookie is a compelling one. I know ABC wanted a new show for Nathan, but this isn't it. They should just reboot Firefly. After all, that's really what people want to see him in.