Thursday, January 10, 2019

REVIEW: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - Jake and Amy Have an Unexpected Guest on Their Honeymoon in 'Honeymoon'

NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Episode 6.01 "Honeymoon"

Jake and Amy go on their honeymoon. Captain Holt finds out whether he is the new commissioner of the NYPD.

In 2018, there were 495 scripted shows airing amongst the linear channels and streaming services. The way people are consuming content now is so different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, there is less necessity to provide ample coverage of each specific episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site is making the move to shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. Premieres and finales may feature longer reviews. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

"Honeymoon" was written by Neil Campbell and directed by Giovani Lampassi

Despite a change in networks, Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns just as confident, surprising and funny as ever before. The only noticeable change now that the show is on NBC is that it has access to a bleep button. That means some more suggestive dialogue can be featured with the idea that the addition of a bleep will be part of the joke. It's something that NBC is cool with while FOX was not. Despite that though, it's still basically the same show. Of course, this premiere features three stories which can often feel a little too crowded when it comes to this world. It always seems as if one story gets shorted simply because there is no time to actually delve into it fully. That best describes what's going on with Rosa and Terry in the precinct with Terry suddenly doubting his instincts because he is acting captain while Holt is taking some personal days. It still has some amusing moments though like Terry breaking the computer and everyone insisting that Gina is a rascal. But it's still the thinest story that has an easy conclusion of Terry believing in himself. That's really the overall theme of this premiere as well. Holt is defeated because he was not named the next commissioner of the NYPD. It wasn't Olivia either. Instead, it was John Kelly, who is just another old, straight, white man who wants to return the force back to the days of stop and frisk. It's enough to make Holt wonder if this is still the job he wishes to have for his life. It's such a hilarious existential crisis because it's occurring while Jake and Amy are on their honeymoon. Holt just happens to be in the same location because they all decide to go to the same resort that Gina constantly mentions. That makes sense despite how ridiculous it seems. Things remain awkward no matter what Jake and Amy do to try to help Holt. At first, they believe they can have separate experiences at this resort. Then, they feel like they have to include Holt in the activities. And finally, they have to tie him down to the bed to tell him that he shouldn't quit the force over this. It's just a fantastic visual to see Holt spread out on the bed like that. It's just as funny to hear him call Jake selfish for only thinking about how Holt's exit would affect him. It's even better when Amy decides to stand up to Holt. That's something she has always been very weary of doing. And yet, it's exactly what's needed in this moment. It inspires everyone to take action. It ensures that the status quo is retained in the new season. However, the creative team decides to have a little bit of fun as well by disrupting the familiar space. The precinct appears just as it normally does with the characters dealing with their regular problems. Charles is freaking out because Gina's mom is leaving his dad. That's a shocking moment but it also proves that Gina is trying to do what's best for the Boyle family. By the conclusion of this premiere though, Jake and Amy return to a dramatically different precinct. One that has suddenly become crowded and chaotic simply because Holt has started a war with the rest of the NYPD because he went to the Mayor with his complaints about John Kelly. Now, it's going to be fascinating to see just how long this immediate change will impact things in the office. But it's also a very exciting way to start the new season.