TL;DR – An episode that looks to both the past and the future at the same time.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Well if there is one thing better than having a new episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, well it is having two new episodes back-to-back and today that is just what we get. We’ve already looked at Manhunter, so now let take some time to explore Captain Kim, both the character Captain Kim (Nicole Bilderback) but also the episode.
So, to set the scene, with Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) no longer a captain after his year-long demotion, the Nine-Nine needs a new captain and no one is really happy about that. Well, that’s not a problem, sure the captain is probably a spy planted there to make their lives a misery, but then they have dealt with this before … well, maybe not quite this before. Now we will be looking at the episode as a whole so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
There is a lot going on in this episode, but the one thing that really stood out to me is how they through back-references to the show’s past while also twisting them. We first see this right at the start when they catch a perp in a storage container, which comes right out of the first-ever episode, but the core issues are this time they are without Holt, oh and Jake (Andy Samberg) does not know where the exit is. But then we get it reinforced just how many captains they have replaced over the years that Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) is confident that there would be a new one by Monday, and well she was not wrong. Indeed, the whole party scene is a reversal of the first time they were invited to Holt’s house in The Party. All of these moment help reinforce the show and are cool little shout outs for those who have been there since Season One, but they also get subverted by the ending.
At the core of this episode is Captain Kim and it is so important to the narrative that she is the genuine person that she presents herself as. Every suggestion, every good deed, every connection that she sets up was legitimate and comes from a place of love. Why is this important, because it is there as both a harsh rebuke of the team and what they do but also their cynicism that everyone can’t be trusted. It is a harsh but good reminder for the gang that there are good people out there.
So in the end, do we recommend Captain Kim? Yes, we do. It was an episode that both looked back and also looked forward and I really like when shows do that. Also, we didn’t even get into Boyle’s (Joe Lo Truglio) jacket or that deep cut Savage Garden reference, all more reasons to recommend it.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Directed by – Luke Del Tredici
Written by – Carol Kolb
Created by – Dan Goor & Michael Schur
Production/Distribution Companies – Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment, Universal Television, NBCUniversal & SBS.
Starring in Season Seven – Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller & Andre Braugher with Nicole Bilderback