After eight beautiful seasons, all good things have to come to an end, an end that could have been much sooner had people not been as passionate as they were. So it is in that vein that today we are a little happy/sad, happy for all the fun we’ve had and sad because there is no more to come. Today, we will look at first the finale double-part episode, The Last Day, and then take some time to look at the season as a whole.
So to set the scene, we open in on Amy’s (Melissa Fumero) and Raymond’s (Andre Braugher) last day in the 99, but as the gang wake, they don’t find their loved ones there but instead a waiting Jake (Andy Samberg). Because today is the day of the Final Heist, to crown The Grand Champion of the 99. It is time for hijinks to ensue as everyone picks their teams. However, one betrayal has already happened because Amy and Jake are working together. For you see, it is also Jake’s final day in the 99 and the NYPD. Because we will be looking at the season as a whole, there will be [SPOILERS] ahead for the whole season, so if you have not watched, please be aware before continuing.
TL;DR – Gina is back, and she
brings her hectic world with her.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
When it was announced that there was going to be a new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine there was a sense of
jubilation that was only tempered slightly by the fact that it was also announced
that Chelsea Peretti would not be doing the full season, but she would be back
for guest appearances. Well, today we get the first of those as we get a little
insight into the crazy world of Gina Linetti.
So to set the scene, at the end of Four Movements
Gina left her job at the 99 to better find herself. Since that time she has been
apparently blowing off her former friends, not that Jake (Andy Samberg)
notices. But meanwhile, she has built a large media empire and brand that has
been exploding across the internet. Well, she is back in New York, so she invites
Jake and Terry (Terry Crews) come meet her, only for it to be a work thing. For
you see someone has been sending her death threats, and this time it might be
serious. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode
as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – Today is a goodbye,
but then it also was the perfect goodbye to have
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
The last-minute renewal of Brooklyn Nine-Nine was both a joy, but it was also tinged with a little bit of sadness. This is that even though B99 got a half and then a full season pick up, it was also announced that Chelsea Peretti would be leaving the show. Well, that time has come, but with all things Gina, it was a joy to watch.
So to set the scene, at the end of The Tattler Jake (Andy Samberg) had a heart to heart with Gina (Chelsea Peretti) about where she saw her future, and was she being held back at the 99? Well at the start of Four Movements we get to hear her answer as she announces to the whole team that she is leaving the 99 and then she hands in her two-week notice with a four-part interpretive dance movement. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – We get a walk down
memory lane and a look to the future.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
As the season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine continues, we get a blast into the past as the show goes back to the 1990s, which a bit different to last week’s dive into the 1980s. We also continue the theme of interweaving three narratives throughout the story which some work and some don’t quite get there.
So to set the scene, Jake (Andy Samberg) and Gina (Chelsea Peretti) are super excited because it is their 20-year high school reunion time. It was the time of long hair, just one earring, and denim … so much denim. It is also a little bit of a struggle for Jake because his final year of high school was tough as the whole school thought he has tattled on the most popular kid in the school, gaining him the nickname ‘The Tattler.’ But it’s been 20 years surely people will forget, well as they and Amy (Melissa Fumero) arrive one thing is clear, nobody forgets. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – Honeymoon brings everyone back together, hits all the right beats,
and propels the show forward, so a great opening episode of a season.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I have been around long enough that the list of shows that I love that got cancelled
without closure is a decently long list. When it happens you always hear of
trying to get it picked up by another network, but this barely ever happens. So
when Brooklyn Nine-Nine got cancelled,
I lamented the stupid decision, but I knew it was unlikely to change, and if
there was ever a time I was happy to be wrong this is it. Well, now we are back and even more extraordinary
we have a full season pick up, so let’s dive into
the first episode of the season Honeymoon.
TL;DR – Safe House shows that five seasons in Brooklyn Nine-Nine is getting better and better, blending humour and emotion into an amazing episode.
Score – 5 out of 5 stars
Now, I have to say that Brooklyn Nine-Nine might be one of the best gems out there on TV at the moment, and one of the few shows that I actively seek out these days. It is created by Dan Goor & Michael Schur who have been the creative minds behind The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, The Good Place, and more. So right from the start, you have an amazing creative team that extends out to all the writing staff. As well as this, you have an amazing and diverse cast that is committed to working together as a team. They all have an amazing rapport with each other, which feels effortless. It is from this platform that they keep getting better each season.
TL;DR – There are some interesting character and filmmaking choices, but none of that really helps this film do anything more than mediocre-ing its way through to its ending.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit sequence and an end credit stinger
Game Night is really an odd duck of a film, it has some good character moments, and it is clear that the directors know what they are doing. However, as I walked out of the cinemas I kind of felt it was all a bit meh. So today we are going to unpack what happened by looking at the characters and the story.