TL;DR – Today we go back into the deep past and explore 1980s NYPD while also dealing with the ramifications of today.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
One of the great boons of having a new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is that you get to explore new stories and in this case that is explore the backstory of two of the shows amazing cast Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller).
So to set the scene, the aftermath of Honeymoon, when Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) stood up to the new Commissioner John Kelly (Phil Reeves), has been a rough transition for the team. This is because Kelly has gone out of his way to punish the 99 for Holt’s deference in his public questioning the return to Stop and Frisk. This has meant that floors have been shut down and space has become a precious creating friction among the detectives and uniformed officers. This is bad enough, but the next round of Kelly’s punishment has arrived when he gets Internal Affairs to look into a case from 1986 run by a young Hitchcock (Wyatt Nash) and Scully (Alan Ritchson). Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
first thing we need to point out is, of course,
the answer is 100% Young Scully. But more
importantly with this episode, we get to
see some of the pieces for the rest of the season move into place. It has been
a while since the 99 had a villain in the NYPD to face off against and smiling,
friendly, but still out to get you Kelly
is a really good foil for the gang. It will be really interesting to see how
they thread the balance between doing what is right for the city and then also
protecting the 99 from retribution. This has the potential to be a really interesting dichotomy going forward.
As well as this, it was great to see Hitchcock and Scully get a chance to be a bit more than just a punchline, even though they are so good at being the punchline. Now, this does soft re-boot some of their past histories that we have seen, but that is not a real problem as the show has always been a bit flexible around the margins when it is in service of a good episode, which it is here today. I also really like the interplay between Hitchcock and Scully on the one hand, with Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) on the other. Peralta is never trusting and he should be sometimes, and Boyle is always trusting when sometimes he shouldn’t, and both of those themes come out today. One thing is that this has been back-to-back episodes where Terry (Terry Crews) and Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) have been back at base on the B-story and while I know you have to juggle things in a big ensemble cast, I hope they get a bit more action soon.
In the end, do we recommend Hitchcock And Scully? Yes, yes we do. Here we got to see the conflict for the season start to form, we got to see some great performances from both young and old Hitchcock and Scully, oh and also one of the most ridiculous jokes in the shows history, hot box indeed.
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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 with Alan Ritchson, Wyatt Nash & Phil Reeves