Review: NEW AMSTERDAM – A new TV show on FOX

New Amsterdam - Zuleikha Robinson as Eva Marquez and Nikolaj Coster-Walda as John Amsterdam

FOX premieres its new TV show, NEW AMSTERDAM, tonight, March 4, at 9pm and since I have already seen the first episode, let me tell you a little more about it.

How can I describe New Amsterdam?

Well, just imagine Highlander without the swords and Moonlight without the vampires, and you get New Amsterdam.

Even though some of the premise might sound familiar, New Amsterdam has its own twist: After our main character, John Amsterdam (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), saves the life of a Native American girl, she in turn gives him immortality through a spell in order to save his life. Now here comes the twist, John Amsterdam will not age until he finds his one true love. At which point he will become mortal again.

John Amsterdam now lives in New York as a homicide detective, and as the first episode unfolds, he gets a new partner, Eva Marquez (Zuleikha Robinson). Together they will solve murders throughout the show. In addition to that procedural aspect of the show, there is an overlapping storyline focusing on John Amsterdam trying to find his true love.

Now on to the important part, did I like New Amsterdam? Yes, absolutely. I think the show has a really big potential, especially because it includes the procedural aspect, as I mentioned previously, as well as overarching storyline rewarding people that tune in every week.

New Amsterdam - Zuleikha Robinson as Eva Marquez and Nikolaj Coster-Walda as John Amsterdam

The show also benefits from a great main character, John Amsterdam played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and his partner Eva Marquez played by Zuleikha Robinson. Funny enough I didn’t know either actor before this show, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of New Amsterdam, actually it was refreshing to see new faces. They both fit their part perfectly and I am already a fan.

And what good immortal doesn’t have a sidekick? In this case, his name is Omar (Stephen Henderson), the owner of a sage jazz club. He is the only person who knows John’s secret. We do learn more about how Omar met John Amsterdam in the second episode.

Finally, the fourth character of the show is Dr. Sara Dillane (Alexie Gilmore) whom John Amsterdam thinks might be the one that could fulfill the prophecy.

The episode as a whole grabbed my attention and I would like to mention two of my favorite parts from the pilot because they made a big impression on me.

1) John Amsterdam explains why a vampire doesn’t have a reflection: “It’d be too painful. To see himself, year after year, century after century, unchanged while everything around him grows old.”

2) John Amsterdam has been taking pictures of New York every year for a long time (just remember that he is an immortal when I say long time) and has them all hung on his wall next to each other. It was such a beautiful shot.

Overall, I am really looking forward to watching more of New Amsterdam, especially because I have seen the second episode and loved it even more.

Let’s be honest here, we can never get enough immortals on TV, so don’t forget to tune in tonight, March 4, at 9pm on FOX.

And if you like the first episode, well then just wait for the second episode, it’s even better. I will write a review for the second episode soon, but all I will say for now is that we get a little more into what the format of the show will be, which will include flashbacks into the life of John Amsterdam, pretty cool huh?