L.A.'s Finest (Season 1), 2019
Signed up the 28/03/2017
L.A.'s finest is a slick spinoff of the Bad Boys, starring Jessica Alba and Gabriel Union as buddy-cops. Let the record show that the two actors are absolutely captivating in their respective roles and are probably responsible for most of what makes me this show work. The show begs you to be concerned for the main cast and the mess they get themselves into while they trying to unravel a mystery of crimes, and this main cast skillfully manages to help us do just that.
The show plays like a 90s/early 2000 action crime drama; clustered with cheap thrills, things blowing up and cool car chases. I wanted to not like the unashamed clichés at first but this is perhaps exactly what we need right now. Don't get me wrong, television content is at it's finest at the moment with a variety of nuanced, layered stories like Sharp Objects, Big Little Lies and The Handmaid's Tale. But from time to time you just simply need to switch your brain off for some senseless fun from a popcorn story with quick, anticipated resolutions.
Though, just when you think it's a lose-ended crime drama, the character development starts kicking in and you realise how solid this cast and storyline actually pushes itself to be. Considering the television budget and the unasumed roll-out what with television saturation right now, this show outdoes itself regardless of its circumstances.
This is show is broadcast television by nature. Think Law and Order, Criminal Minds and NCIS and the likes. The pacing, naturally, slants toward a weekday evening crime drama than a Friday Netflix release, or even the HBO Sunday slot. This show isn't here to compete or push boundaries. It's instead here to entertain and maybe play on early 2000s nolstagia via crime drama cliches, but manages to still hold up in today's demanding climate of more complex stories.
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