Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Review - Detroit 1-8-7 Season 1 Episode 1 Pilot

Detroit 1-8-7 has a healthy energy to bolster the all too familiar premise. Much like Southland, Detroit seems to be from another era, where criminals were caught in the streets, not in the lab or on the computer. The major difference is that the characters are bland and uninteresting. OK, these are regular people and not super-sized heroes on most shows, but every character, maybe with Fitch as the only exception, is lifeless. Heck, we'd probably find a higher percentage of interesting people simply by plucking people off the street.

The pilot brings us two separate homicides until they intersect, leading to a hostage situation. Fitch talks the guy down, indicating that he may have hurt his wife in the past, but he indicates to his partner, Washington, that is was only to get the job done.

The final scene has trouble all over it. We see Fitch hand over the criminal for booking, except there's no one else around except an unsuspecting detective on the phone walking past. The perp grabs the gun and shoots Washington before being taken down. Jon Michael Hill is a series regular, so we'll be seeing him again, although he perspective on life and job will surely be different.

Score: 8.3/10
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