Brooklyn Nine-Nine | First Thoughts

Within the first minute of this show, I was already in hysterics. This is now one of my favourite shows of all time and I’ve only watched the first episode – that is how much I loved this. The characters are all so unique and different from each other – there are different nationalities, sexualities and personalities and that’s one of the reasons why this episode made such an impact on me. The episodes are also very short which make them ideal to whizz through at the weekends or to binge whole seasons of them in the holidays. I thought the overall idea of this show was interesting too because there aren’t really that many shows that manage to fit comedy, detective-work an fully developed characters into 25 minutes. Even Castle and Rizzoli and Isles which are two of my favourite detective dramas can sometimes drag out a little, but with this show that would never, ever happen.

Detective Jake Peralta, a talented and carefree cop with the best arrest record, has never had to follow the rules too closely or work very hard. That changes when Ray Holt, a man with a lot to prove, becomes the new commanding officer of Brooklyn’s 99th precinct. As Holt reminds Peralta to respect the badge, an extremely competitive colleague – Detective Amy Santiago – starts to close in on the hotshot cop’s arrest record. Other members of the precinct include Sgt Terry Jeffords, a devoted family man, Detective Charles Boyle, a hard worker who idolizes Jake, and Rosa Diaz, a sexy-yet-intimidating detective. Civilian office manager Gina Linetti is tasked with cleaning up everyone’s mess, while somehow getting involved in everyone’s business.

Our main character Jake is a bundle of fun and good-looking-ness all whilst managing to capture bad guys and not get fired in the process, which is truly unbelievable. Jake is such fun to watch on screen and I adore his laid-back, positive out-look on life because that gives the audience so many more laughs on his part. I also love Amy who manages to balance the combination of determined, tough cop with still having a laugh and not taking things to seriously which I love to see. Rosa didn’t get all that much development in this episode – the focus was much more on the other characters – but I can’t wait to see how we explore more aspects to her personality. Charles is just a little sun-beam who also happens to be extremely hard-working and just adorable to watch. The Captain is fabulous because he brings two new angles to the show, both racially and sexuality wise. I like how he manages the team, and how he’s basically just one big cheerleader for the rest of the guys.

Something that I hope this show will improve on in the future is the way the detective work is carried out, because I did think some of the antics the group got up to were pushing things a little bit in the way of what police officers could actually get away with. However, this first episode was supposed to hook audiences and hook me it did – the humour was spot on and every character got their chance to shine in the comedy spotlight meaning we got a whole range of senses of humour and different personalities. I really liked how the overall group of characters is quite small because with the short episodes, if there were any more characters then they would surely get pushed to the sidelines of the show, and we wouldn’t get to see a full development for them. I adore the banter between the characters because it’s just what you would imagine a team of police officers would joke about. While fighting crime they would want to keep the mood light and so secret-santas, lunch breaks and a bet on who solved the most crimes would definitely be the key focus back in the office.

Aside from being hilarious, funny, rib-splitting and any other word that means hysterical, this episode also had some great characters and plot points and I loved how the structure of the episode played out. This is definitely a new favourite show of mine and one that I’m going to keep coming back to.


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