Welcome back Crunchers! This was a very awesome episode of The Rookie for me! My buddy Alex Denney was actually a co-star on the show. He was the creepy, tatted up, one-eyed criminal named LeShawn Halvorsen (see feature image). I promise, he’s not a creep in real life. So how did this episode go? Let’s Crunch this!
Nolan is always faced with difficult circumstances, but this episode takes it to a more personal level. The way that the episode was constructed really made the mood feel tense for him. Immediately Nolan is asked to use his personal relationship to arrest someone and nobody (including Nolan) bats an eye. That has to be a tough thing to do and I was a little bit surprised that nobody mentioned anything about it.
The only rookie to really be getting any mentoring from their training officer this episode was Officer Chen. Her and Officer Bradford give the lighthearted, more uplifting tone that the episode needs with everything else that is going on. However, I’m not sure that I really approve of where things seem to be headed with those two. They eventually join up with Nolan for some of the action, but their lighthearted attitude continues and seems a little bit out of place for things like high speed pursuits.
Officers West and Lopez have some interesting encounters and play detective a little bit more than they are supposed to. It makes me wonder if cops might be reprimanded for going above and beyond their duties in that sort of way. In any case they have to deal with some really messed up stuff and the show keeps you guessing, trying to figure out exactly what is going on before it gets revealed.
Other than the obvious awesome guest talent that was on the show, the episode was overall a pretty decent one. There were some things about it that were slightly off to me with the progression of a couple of the relationships and with how nonchalant some of the characters are in intense situations, but there was some great suspense, compelling encounters, and really good performances from Fillion that made the episode really enjoyable. Go check it out Crunchers!
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