TL;DR – Honeymoon brings everyone back together, hits all the right beats, and propels the show forward, so a great opening episode of a season.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I have been around long enough that the list of shows that I love that got cancelled without closure is a decently long list. When it happens you always hear of trying to get it picked up by another network, but this barely ever happens. So when Brooklyn Nine-Nine got cancelled, I lamented the stupid decision, but I knew it was unlikely to change, and if there was ever a time I was happy to be wrong this is it. Well, now we are back and even more extraordinary we have a full season pick up, so let’s dive into the first episode of the season Honeymoon.
to set the scene, at the end of Season Five, Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa
Fumero) just got married and the whole team was celebrating when Captain Holt (Andre
Braugher) announced that he knew if he was the commissioner
or not. Well, jumping right back where we started, we discover that Holt had
misread his email, and also that Jake has terrible timing, I think we already knew
the last one. Well, the team has to work
through this new reality at work, but Amy and Jake had wedding insurance, so
they now can honeymoon in a more exotic location, and they pick a resort in
Mexico that Gina (Chelsea Peretti) recommends. All is good until they stumble upon a familiar face in Mexico that turns
their honeymoon upside-down. Just a reminder as we dive into the episode as a
whole, that there will be some [SPOILERS]
first thing that we see with Honeymoon,
is just how familiar everything feels, like coming home after a long trip. Every
one of the actors is so comfortable with their characters that they hit each
beat perfectly. This creates a rhythm for the show where everything just feels
natural, even if that means Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) repeating the word labia
over and over again. Because of this, everything in this episode is just fun,
like Holt wearing increasingly more ridiculous t-shirts, or Amy dressing up as
someone from Die Hard, or even
Charles’ (Joe Lo Truglio) box of nightmares. All of this makes you want to savour
every episode and makes you grateful
because every new episode of B99 is
one that we almost didn’t get.
However, when a show is brought back from the brink by fan support, and what fan support there was, there can be this danger that writers will focus in on what people liked about the show which creates stagnation. From Honeymoon, we can see that not only is the show back, but they also are not afraid to continue the evolution of the characters and the premise of the show. From the character perspective in this episode, you can clearly see that from both Amy and Gina. For Amy, it is coming to terms with her own strength in relation to others, and taking a stand when people needed her too. With Gina, we see that while she is still that rascal that we love, she does really care for people, even Charles and his numerous unintended innuendoes.
importantly, the show itself is not
willing just to be the status quo and we see this with the plot line that will
likely dominate at least the first half of the season. Now we are going to talk
about the end of the episode, so if you ignored the [SPOILER] warning above, this is your last warning. One of the plot
threads throughout the episode is Holt coming to terms with the fact that even though
he did everything right, didn’t make any waves, he still lost out on the Commissioners
job to the dramatically less qualified but safer candidate. So, he has to learn
not to give a hoot and ruffle some feathers if he has to. But when you cause a
splash there are often times consequences and as the end of the episode shows,
even when they are wrong, people will still fight back, and Holt and the squad
now have the biggest battle on their hands so far.
In the end, do we recommend Honeymoon? Yes, Yes, and Yes. Any B99 is good TV, and when it is firing on all cylinders like tonight, well you can’t go past it. If you have never had a chance to watch an episode, now is the time to jump in and join in on the fun. Oh, and from me personally, a big thanks to every single fan that rallied together to make this season a reality: NINE NINE!!!
By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Directed by – Giovani Lampassi
Written by – Neil Campbell
Created by – Dan Goor & Michael Schur
Starring in Season Five – Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Chelsea Peretti, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller & Andre Braugher