TL;DR – A fun episode from start to finish and a great way to finish the season
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
It is the end of a season, but thankfully not the end of the series, so what does the show have in store for us. Well, a good season finally has to close a season, but also be a good episode in its own right, while also getting it ready to propel it into the future. Tonight we get an episode that I think does all of that and more.
So to set the scene, it is the end of the day and the whole team is getting ready for a nice break, even longer for Santiago (Melissa Fumero) as this is the last day before she goes to on maternity leave. Everything is great right up until the moment the power goes out, not just in the precinct but in all of Brooklyn. There is a moment of quiet and then the whole city explodes in chaos and Holt (Andre Braugher) and Terry (Terry Crews) just so happened to be in an elevator, so Amy is in charge, but why does she need sweat pants? Now we will be looking at the episode as a whole so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
The first thing that I liked about this episode is that every single person gets a moment to shine. We have Amy trying to control the chaotic environment as contractions start, there is also Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) 100% not dealing with it at all. Terry teaches Holt how to dance to keep him calm in the elevator, Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) and Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) raced to eat as much food in the fridge as possible, and Jake (Andy Samberg) and Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) have to race to the hospital but then also be cops. There are so many great moments throughout and you can just feel everyone going for broke.
Given that this could have very well been a series as well as a season finale, I am glad that they gave a moment of closure for the show with the whole team together and supporting Amy in the end. From the birthing suite, to the distractions, to getting Jake there, to reading a birth manual, everyone was helping out reinforcing both the team nature of the show its ensemble strengths. There were also links back to plot threads of the past, like everyone’s disdain for firefighters, or the running feud between Charles and Sergeant Peanut Butter, sorry no Lieutenant Peanut Butter.
Since moving to a new home, the show has been able to have swearing and other things as long as they have been pixelated or bleeped out. Like other shows in the past, most notably Happy Endings, this has been used not so much to get around America’s weird network censorship laws but to use it for comedic sake. So far, when they have used it in the past, I have found the implementation to be a real hit and miss. However tonight, they absolutely nailed it, leading to some moments when I was bursting out with laughter. If there was a weakness in the episode, it might be the underlying case, however, I am not sure that is actually a problem as that was more of a framework for all the character moments rather than being the narrative driving point.
When I look back at the season as a whole, I’m not sure that it did reach the heights of previous seasons, there was no great stand out episodes that grabbed me hard, well maybe this last episode. However, I don’t think it had to, this was a season where we got to see friends for the past, enjoy a meal or two and go with our characters as they entered a new stage in their lives. Even when there were episodes that didn’t quite land, they were still inherently enjoyable because the cast, directors, writers, and everyone behind the scenes in the production clearly love working on the show and that love is evident on screen.
In the end, do we recommend Lights Out and Season Seven? Absolutely, it was fun from the start to the end, it had great character moments, and it showed the love. I am so happy we get a Season Eight, and I can’t wait to see it though that might be a bit later than planned given the world at the moment but I am sure it will be worth it.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Directed by – Dan Goor
Written by – Dan Goor & Luke Del Tredici
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 Jon Gabrus, Jill Basey, Seth Carr, Lisa Gilroy, Jason Jin, Carie Kawa, Kenzo Lee, Brendan McNamara, Toyin Moses & Ellie Reed.