Thursday, September 26, 2013

Round Two: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1, Episode 2 “The Tagger” (B-)

I’m going to try to be discerning this year with which shows I continue watching after disappointing pilots, but I felt that this comedy was worthy of a second shot despite my lack of enthusiasm for the first installment. This second episode is no better and no worse than the pilot, hardly hilarious but not entirely unfunny also. Andy Samberg continues to try his hardest to create a character so gleefully irritating that it’s hard not to love him. His determination to find a way not to follow all the rules is half charming and half annoying, and it’s hard to decide which half comes on stronger. Andre Braugher seems intent on keeping Captain Holt as stoic as possible, equally set on making Samberg’s Jake realize that he has to take himself more seriously as he is on making his life miserable until he comes around to that idea. What I did like was the fact that Holt stood by Jake when he decided to arrest the commissioner’s son, effectively protecting Jake’s career and applauding him for making the choice he did to do the right thing rather than the lazy thing. The almost-romance between Charles and Rose is somewhat entertaining, but this show still needs to figure out exactly what it wants to do with its supporting characters. Terry is an exception, amusing in his short tirades about his minivan, and it’s good to someone used effectively. I’m still not sold on this show, but I haven’t given up hope of improvement yet either.

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