TL;DR – A fun family story but they may have picked the wrong story to focus on
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
One of the things that can help cement a long-running TV show is those recurring themes and events that you can keep going back to, like How I Met Your Mother’s slap or Deep Space Nine’s O’Brien-must-suffer time. However, as times goes on it can be hard to balance the return of an episode with the necessary escalation you need to pull it off. Well, today we have a similar time because it is a holiday so let’s begin the heist.
So to set the scene, we open in as two patrol officers are coming up the elevator, with everything being fine bar when they open the doors and the room is full of fighting rabbits in impeccable suits and glasses. Before you go have time to wonder what is going on we hear “Is this still going on” and cut back 6 months to Halloween because it is heist time and this time to stop betrayals, everyone is getting cuffed to their partners. Now we will be looking at the episode as a whole so you better believe that there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
I have always enjoyed the heist episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as they always let the characters shine and you never know just which way they will go. It has also been a way to explore character relationships and in the past smuggle in big story moments, like when Jake (Andy Samberg) proposed to Amy (Melissa Fumero). This year, I don’t think we get any of those big moments, bar some comical hiding of Melissa Fumero’s pregnancy. However, I don’t think that was a problem because this year it was more the heist itself that was on the show.
When you have a heist episode each year, it can start to feel repetitive or it can escalate out of proportion. In previous years this has been happening and what I liked about this episode is the acknowledgement of that. The reasoning behind everyone being cuffed together is so that they can bring back the fun and stop the constant betrayals. However, no one seems to take notice of that because this year we get what might be the biggest betray of all with Amy setting up a fake therapist for Jake. Which while sort of played as a joke, it is some good character progression for Jake.
The big shit this episode is that the heist is not happening over one day, but is repeated over several days from Halloween to Valentine’s Day, to Easter. Which is not only a nice cover for a shifted airing schedule and a good tie into the fact that it is Easter this weekend. It also allows for the fallout to be prolonged for months. I did quite like the big ham-related reveal from Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) as to how it all went down even if I would have liked a little more of that seeded throughout the episode rather than it all being in the big reveal.
In the end, do we recommend Valloweaster? Yes, yes we do. It was a solid episode, with a fun cast, and a lover of both Brooklyn Nine-Nine and heist films, this an episode almost tailor-made for me.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Directed by – Matthew Nodella
Written by – Luke Del Tredici & Jeff Topolski
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 Winston Story, Gabe Fonseca, Matthew Jones, Carmella Riley, Kenny Stevenson, Becky Wu & Stephen Wu