The Summer Starts With Buddy Cop Action

It’s been a couple of weeks since the majority of our watchness bowed out for the summer, and you know what that means: Summer-run shows! We’ve got some big names coming back (like True Blood tonight and Leverage in a week), but also some new stuff. The first new show I decided to check out is FOX’s The Good Guys, starring Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford’s awesome moustache. There are several promo clips up on YouTube, but they don’t really give you a good feel for the tone of the show.

The Good Guys strikes a good balance between drama, action and comedy, and somewhat surprisingly there’s also a good split between Whitford and Hanks when it comes to teh funny (the YouTube clips made Hanks look like much more of a straight man than he is. He’s the straight-er man). The show hits every item on the buddy cop checklist: classic American muscle cars, lots of flying ammo, snitches, crooked crops, breaking the rules to break the case, and of course some great rock on the soundtrack.

One weird thing about the show is the villains. Both episodes so far have had several scenes with the bad guys on their own, showing them just having conversations, dealing with personal issues, and in general fleshing them out as people instead of just the baddie of the week. This aspect of the show actually reminds me a lot of Justified, except played  (more) for laughs. Not what I expected at all, but a very pleasant surprise.

I also have to mention the action scenes: they feel old. Not in a bad way, but in a pre-Michael Bay, ’80s, non-CG, dudes jumping off of/on to moving vehicles, car-crashes-and-firing-handguns kind of way. And this is something that I personally absolutely love, so if you’re the kind of person who prefers the original Gone in 60 Seconds to the remake (or has even seen the original, for that matter) then The Good Guys was made for you. When I got to the scene in the pilot where Bailey and Stark get into a shootout in a mansion with Mikhail from Lost as my favourite T. Rex song played, I was hooked.

The third ep airs at 9PM tomorrow on Fox, check it out.

-Jerk

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~ by Jerk on June 13, 2010.

One Response to “The Summer Starts With Buddy Cop Action”

  1. as per your mother…..I think that pre 80’s, Michael Bay old action scenes are the cat’s meow……creak creak

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