If there were ever a rag-tag bunch of seemingly crazy cops to serve and protect the streets, then Andy Samberg and his squad from Brooklyn Nine-Nine would be the folks for the job.
Season 1 began in July on SBS and instantly, people found their favourite character, be it man-child Jake Peralta (Samberg), loveable loser-ish lothario Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) or tough-as-nails Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), among others. The first season merely introduced the fictional precinct to the world. Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) is finally in charge of his own precinct, and after years of being side-lined from the top dog position for being openly gay, he’s now got his hands full with Peralta and Co. With help from his 2IC, Detective Sergeant Terry Jeffords (the hilarious Terry Crews), the Captain finds that his team, once quite relaxed with their jobs, are now willing to step up to the plate and behave like the responsible, heroic police officers they truly are.
But only up to a point. Charles may be a good cop, but he’s a hopeless romantic, whether he’s trying to hide his feelings for Rosa or going “Full Boyle” (and he better freak out like this again in Season 2) for his ladylove, Vivian. Detective Sergeant Terry may be a great leader, but the season began with Terry happily tied to his desk, a past trauma disabling him from work in the line of duty. There’s also the running “will-they-or-won’t-they” tension between Jake and Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), when, we find out in Episode 13 (The Bet) that Jake is actually in love with Amy (an astute observation made by an injured-in-the-ass Charles Boyle).
Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s leading cast of characters is strong, but some may also find their faves amongst the secondary players like Precinct Administrator and Holt’s assistant, Gina (Chelsea Peretti, who may have won the hearts of many a fruitcake with her dance troupe, Floorgasm, and, in what could be the season’s stand-out line, “I was thinking how I would make the perfect American president, based upon my skill set, dance ability and bloodlust”) or the Tweedledee and Tweedledum of the crew, washed-up officers Detectives Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) and Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker).
But Season 1 ended with Jake being effectively kicked off the force so he could go undercover on a drug bust, which means his feelings for Amy will have to be put on hold. But what Season 2 should be able to bring is more of Scully and Hitchcock (and the producers have said that they would feature a little more in the next season), a little more “Full Boyle” action (and maybe Charles will finally get Rosa after all) and more of Holt and Gina’s insane working relationship.
Season 1 worked because it was a breathe of fresh air for a comedy, a diverse cast that didn’t preach about diversity, comedic talents from pretty much all of the cast members (even straight-laced Fumero hammed it up a little) and storylines that had you dreaming your workplace was just as zany. If Season 2 served up more of the same, and then some, then it’ll be a great season.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season Two starts up in the USA this Sunday night on FOX.