ROOKIE BLUE “Brotherhood” Review

ROOKIE BLUE “Brotherhood” Season 2 Episode 9 – Unless you are watching a war film set in the Middle Ages, or an era resembling the Middle Ages like Lord of the Rings or Braveheart or Mongol, it’s really really hard to make horseback riding look at all interesting. Watching horses trot around in a little rink and perform ankle high jumps is even more excruciating. So there was this whole Diaz and McNally plot (which also featured a pinch of Epstein) which went nowhere, had no stakes or character arc, and was really really boring. And all because of those damn horses.

There were some other interesting parts: Noelle and Frank finally kiss. Noelle’s desire to have a baby has been an admirably original plot line which, for all its uniqueness, has never really filled me with interest. Her relationship with Frank, on the other hand, really does and the writers have done a great job pacing this subplot over the length of a few episodes, not drawing it out painfully, but rather letting it organically take its course. It’s great to see characters who could be one-note minors get fleshed out and truly defines Rookie Blue as an ensemble show.

The main plot involved a woman who phoned in a bomb threat anonymously. When she’s traced, she denies making the call but it soon becomes apparent (thanks to some nifty deduction from Nash) that she’s trying to protect her boyfriend who has joined a Chinese gang in order to provide for the baby she’s carrying. There were some things I really liked about this case: first and foremost, it brought Nash front and center of this episode. For a few weeks now her storylines have consisted mainly of subplots revolving around her relationships with Jerry, her son and her friendship with McNally. Here, she gets to do some mighty fine police work and establishes a connection with the hoax caller. The standoff scene (when the mafia dude comes into the house with a gun, presumably to kill her) was one of the better ones of the season. I loved the no-nonsense attitude of the woman who sneered at his threats to shoot her.

There always has to be one major romantic entanglement, and this on e, sigh, involved Peck and Epstein. I really like Epstein’s girlfriend. She’s hot and smart and brave. Yeah, Peck is fine and sure, watching the two of them argue is one of the show’s best assets since Diaz has become such a wet blanket both in the way his written and the simpering way Travis Milne portrays him. But watching Epstein, under the influence of his prescription pills, basically tell Peck how he feels about her was the definition of awkward. We’ll see how this one plays out.

Overall, it was another entertaining episode. Better than last week’s, but still not quite on par with the episodes which you could basically tie together under the heading The Rosati Files (or not).

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