Thursday, January 17, 2019

REVIEW: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - Jake and Charles Investigate Hitchcock and Scully's Pasts in 'Hitchcock & Scully'

NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Episode 6.02 "Hitchcock & Scully"

Jake and Charles investigate a case of Hitchcock and Scully's from the 1980s. Meanwhile, Amy's uniformed officers and Terry's detectives fight over limited resources.

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.

"Hitchcock & Scully" was written by Lang Fisher and directed by Cortney Carrillo

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has always suggested that Hitchcock and Scully are capable of being great detectives. They would rather just do nothing at their jobs because seating is a fantastic activity. They also figure that there are now a bunch of young detectives who are still passionate about this kind of work who can go off and solve cases. This episode takes all of this one step further by showing a world in which Hitchcock and Scully were once the studs of the Nine-Nine. Back in the 1980s, there were completely different people. They cared about the job and came in after making arrests by dropping cool catchphrases. Everything changed for them because of one case. It's a case that they still actively care about as well. They are protecting one woman who would otherwise be targeted by her criminal boyfriend Hitchcock and Scully arrested thanks to her testimony. She was their informant. That was a powerful position for them to build this case. And now, they believe that Internal Affairs is looking at their handling of the case with suspicion. That's not what's going on at all. However, it's also just a ton of fun watching Jake and Charles explore the past for Hitchcock and Scully. They are seeing radically different versions of the buffoons they have known from around the precinct. Sure, they are still as disgusting as ever before. They have a secret van called the Beaver Trap that holds some of their most disgusting personal items. That includes the duffel bag that went missing in this case. Moreover, they stash away this witness with a job at a place called Wing Sluts. That's so demeaning while also being sad that it's a business that has stayed open for the past three decades. The people involved have changed so much. Before coming to this restaurant, Hitchcock and Scully were working out twice a day. Afterwards, they made an arrangement where their informant would slip them an extra wing if everything was fine with her. That was their signal. All of this makes perfect sense to Jake and Charles. It's just unfortunate that all of their lives are in danger once more. Holt believes it's because the new commissioner is targeting his detectives by opening baseless cases against them. And yet, John Kelly isn't behind this. In fact, it's nice to put a face to the name so that the precinct has a physical antagonist this season. Holt just wants to focus completely on his fight with the NYPD. He doesn't immediately care about the drop in morale around the precinct. That's something that he trusts Terry and Amy to figure out as the sergeants in the workplace. However, it's much more difficult than that. Of course, that mostly just leads to a bunch of silly and minor plot beats for the rest of the ensemble back at the precinct. In fact, it's amusing just how quickly things escalate between Terry, Rosa and Amy. In the end though, everyone has to rally together in order to save Hitchcock and Scully from the criminal they put away thirty years ago. The precinct ultimately does all of the work to protect their detectives. However, Hitchcock and Scully still get one big moment of action and adventure even though it too is drenched in the disgusting detail of their favorite sauce being too thick for a bullet to pass through and injure one of them. That's so insane while also making for one fantastic visual.