TL;DR – A fun family story but they may have picked the wrong story to focus on
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
This season in Brooklyn Nine-Nine we have enjoyed episodes focused on several common themes that happen inside police shows and films. We have of course the traditional heist episode with Valloweaster, the deducing who-done-it with Dillman, even a shooter on the run with Manhunter. This week we get another addition to that list because we got ourselves a kidnapping.
So to set the scene, when Jake (Andy Samberg) arrives at the 99, he is rushed into Holt’s (Andre Braugher) office to find the one Kevin Cozner (Marc Evan Jackson). This is not just a social call, because while Kevin was out walking Cheddar (Stewart) someone kidnapped the dog. Jake is a little sceptical that someone took the fluffy boy right up until the moment the kidnapper sends a ransom note. Meanwhile, Amy (Melissa Fumero) is on the hunt for a Snoog, the perfect pram for her coming bundle of joy, she just has to win the competition, what could go wrong? Now we will be looking at the episode as a whole so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
At the core of this episode, was the bond between Kevin, Jake, Holt, and Cheddar. We have seen all of these characters grow and develop over the seasons, so it gives those dynamics weight when things fall apart. Having Cheddar being the one kidnapped was a good choice because it allowed it to have a real threat but also be no so serious to make the jokes feel disingenuous. It also makes it a little bit sadder given that the actor that played Cheddar for the last couple of years recently passed away.
At the core of this episode is the role reversal between Jake and Holt, where Jake has to be the more parent figure for the first real-time. In the past, he is usually helped by Amy or Terry (Terry Crews) to but Holt on the right track, but not here. He steps up and takes that mantle and even talks Holt down from a little grenade frenzy. Throughout the episode, he is the calm rock and the keen detective and it was great to see. Also after the many John Wick references, I think everyone watching will get a hoot out of which might be the shows best action scene to date. Seriously, great work to the stunt team and the actors for making that as engaging and technical as it was.
Our b-plot this week was good in it allowed Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) and Amy to have some bonding, which I think has been one of the strengths of the last couple of seasons. Add to that, I am always here for some Teddy (Kyle Bornheimer) barbs of which there are many. Our C-plot with Terry and Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) was mostly forgettable bar an amusing outcome that I think you probably saw coming.
In the end, do we recommend Ransom? Yes, we would. While on the surface this is an episode that thrives on its jokes and playing on the theme. However, for me, this was an episode that was all about showing character growth, and I am here for that.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Directed by – Rebecca Asher
Written by – Nick Perdue & Beau Rawlins
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 Marc Evan Jackson, Kyle Bornheimer & Matthew Bellows