TL;DR – A heartfelt story of
love … in a hospital room … while they wait for a comatose patent to wake
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
One of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s strengths
has always been its ability to juggle the comedy and drama. This is not an easy
task as it can be a tightrope trying to balance everything without it coming
off as half-assed. This week we get an episode that gets that balance right as
it jumps from fun to real serious, real quick.
So to set the scene, we open in a hospital as Amy (Melissa Fumero) comes to
meet Jake (Andy Samberg), thankfully he is not here on medical business but for
the police as there is a mob boss that survived a hit and is now in a coma. The
hope is that if Jake is there when he wakes up then the mob boss will give them
the info they could use. However, Jake has an ulterior motive, because there is
no idea when he will wake up, so he and Amy could share some time alone as it
is there anniversary and with their work schedule this is the best chance they
have. A case vacation or indeed a Casecation. Which is fine until a topic comes
up that neither of them were prepared to hear the other’s response. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode
as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – Brooklyn Nine-Nine delves into the Me Too era in an episode that shows that B99’s consistent strength in drama still shines.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Over the last few years, we have seen an outpouring
of discussion from a number of industries
about the toxic workplaces that exist, especially for women. We have seen big-name Hollywood producers, politicians,
comedians, and members of finance be called to account for their behaviour, and
the Me Too movements has spread across
the world and into every industry. This is such an important issue that when you
first hear that a comedy show is going to
tackle the issue you take pause because this is not an issue that you should be
making light of. However, when you hear that show is Brooklyn Nine-Nine you give it a pass because B99 has shown in the past it is able and willing to tackle important
issues like this.
So to set the scene, in the morning briefing the team find out that there has
been an investment banker admitted to hospital with a broken penis, which leads
to an array of amusing wonderings as to which drug-fuelled
shenanigans lead to such an injury. Only for them to then find out that it was alleged
that he tried to attack a colleague only for her to protect herself from assault
with his golf club. Amy (Melissa Fumero) and Jake (Andy Samberg) are put on the
case and so they interview both sides. Seth (Jonathan Chase) has no idea why
she would do such a thing, maybe she’s just crazy. Well Kari (Briga Heelan) has
a very good idea why it happened, but there is no evidence creating a ‘he said,
she said’ situation. Meanwhile, Captain
Holt (Andre Braugher) gets the news he has been dreading the Disco Stranger (Richard
Finkelstein), his first big collar, has died and now he has to evaluate what that means for his life. 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.