Friday, September 09, 2011
Season Wrap Up: Rookie Blue
by Kelly Bedard
The second season of Canada's best primetime soap finished off last night with back to back episodes. True to its Grey's Anatomy formula, the cop show avoided the dreaded sophomore slump by simply getting better with age.
We also spent more time with fantastic TO (training officer) Noelle and her boyfriend/division leader Frank. Though I'd still like to learn more about the other TO Oliver, Noelle has quickly become my favourite of the supporting players as she sweats out the awkward "I'm a single, middle-aged working woman who wants a baby" conundrum while embarking on a genre- typical steamy but sweet love affair with a superior officer.
(actual spoiler line)... hells yeah to the major hookup in the third last episode. After a somewhat mediocre end to the boring and unconvincing engagement between rookie leading lady Andy and her hunky detective Luke, Andy finally did what the audience has been screaming at her to do since the pilot episode- go after her enigmatically wonderful TO Sam. They've had some close calls and longing glances before (which are fun, don't get me wrong) but when the series' inevitable central couple finally went for it, the payoff was well worth the wait. The consequences of their happiness raised the stakes so temporarily that it was sort of frustrating (come on writers, no one believed you'd let anything terrible happen to Sam), but their chemistry was so convincing that I didn't actually care that much.
Finale Grade: B+
Season Grade: B+