Friday, July 08, 2011
Playing Catchup on Rookie Blue
Read on after the jump
Missy Peregrym, it turns out, is a pretty solid lead. As Andy McNally she's sympathetic and believably ballsy- if maybe a little dull- a good anchor for the other characters. Andy's downfall comes when the writers play the self-righteousness card a little much. Nothing's quite as obnoxious as the hero lecturing her comrade that following procedure means she doesn't care about the victims. It's procedure, it's there so you don't die and therefore have a better shot at actually helping people. Here's where the tricky line of the police drama kicks in- good TV and good police work aren't as mutually inclusive as they may seem (just like good psychiatry is impossible to find in primetime). But Rookie Blue does a fairly good job of making sure we see the methodical tedium as well as the adrenaline-fueled bits. We've seen the rookies tracking down speeders with the radar gun and filling out reports, handing out water bottles during a heat wave and sifting through bogus tips. Which isn't to say we haven't seen them go undercover for a prostitution bust or take down a masked vigilante or get shot (3 major characters so far, if my numbers are right). It's all about balance.
The whole thing shakes out to what is essentially the Grey's Anatomy formula in cop show trappings. Which is fine by me. The usually-procedural genre could use a touch of the soap-operatic, a little serialized humanity to go along with the blood-steeped sleuthing. Young, sexy upstarts and their fraternizing superiors try to cope in a job where life and death are on the line daily? Sounds familiar. But as long as Rookie Blue is channelling the best of its predecessors, it will remain at the top of my list. The grounding in all (yes, I said "all"- that's new) its character is the secret to keeping Rookie Blue from frivolity, that and they've gotta stop shooting everybody willy nilly.