BLUE BLOODS “Mercy” Season 2 Premiere Review

BLUE BLOODS "Mercy" Season 2 Premiere (3)

BLUE BLOODS “Mercy” Season 2 Episode 1 Review – Last season of the NYC family cop drama ended with a serious bang when the Reagans uncovered a huge gang of dirty cops who were responsible for the murder of their son and brother Joe. It’ll be hard to top that finale, but season two had a bloody beginning when a man is found dead in his car. It turns out he’s a right hand man of the new mayor, and the husband of one of Erin’s friends who she just happened to be out to dinner with, so when Danny calls her with the news it just makes sense she’ll break it to the poor widow. Way to pass the buck Danny. We also see Frank tender his letter of resignation. Collective gasp! Has officer Reagan lost his faith in the police force after what happened to his son? Does he want more time to sit home and watch Law and Order? It turns out this is just procedure when the city gets a new mayor, and he’ll probably be asked to stay. Whew.

Getting the fancy dress ball portion out of the way early in the season, Erin accompanies her father to a gala held by the new mayor. And then Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood start singing, and my soul dies a little. The song, It Had to Be You, is perfectly respectable, and Underwood and Bennett do it justice, but it just stops the action cold; you can practically hear the screeching tires. I also didn’t appreciate the blatant sales pitch for Mr. Bennett’s new CD, that’s for commercials.

But then Frank gets brooding. He doesn’t appreciate the new mayor telling him how to handle his investigation, especially when they tell him to cut it short, and that’s just what the new mayor has done. Meanwhile the mayor is just smiling, enjoying the song. This guy just seems way too calm.

The overall crime investigation is pretty bland with few dramatic turns or surprises. The late husband was seeing a girlish hooker regularly, and when he tried to buy her freedom from her pimp, he killed him. So you see, he was a cheater, but overall a nice guy. I do like when they threw in some moral ambiguity. They even tie up the prosecution nicely by sending the perp back to his own country where he’ll stand trail without a lawyer, jury of his peers, or anything that can keep him from swinging.

And just when I was getting nostalgic for the old ball-busting mayor, the newbie shows a little anger. He shows up unannounced at Frank’s office and calls Frank out as old guard, as a white Irish catholic policeman. Frank’s having none of that, throwing race back in his face. And that’s the kind of head-butting fire I was missing. Frank is at his best (and gruffest) when he’s challenged. So there’s a little trepidation about whether he’ll get rehired, but not too much, his role does kind of make the show.

The not so calm mayor returns later, and reveals to Frank he was nice to him as a kid, the first police officer who he saw as on his side, and thus he will always have a grudging respect for him. It’s a nice moment, Not too mushy, because there’s still the element of disagreement over how to handle to mean streets of Manhattan, but still a level of affection. Grudging respect normally makes for some of the more interesting workplace dynamics on TV.

And we’re back at the dinner table. Once again we get some cute kids and a mature teen to give the audience a little something to counter the blood spatter. When Frank puts his decision to re-up as the commissioner to a family, it’s nice to see the whole family behind him, but it’s still a frustrating bit of non-suspense. We know he’s going to keep the position, the show depends on it. As if to make up for it, we get some real suspense in the last five minute. Baby Reagan (Jamie) might be going undercover to infiltrate a drug family. Frank shows his soft paternal side when he says he doesn’t want him to. It’s always nice to see him so protective of his kids (though nothing will top his actual gunning down of his daughter’s attacker). Overall a solid start to the season setting up a lot of drama for the weeks to come.

This article was written by Molly Horan an MFA student at The New School. You can find her on twitter @molly_horan.