Small-screen spin-off from the movie franchise that badly misfires
★★ ITV, Friday, 3 March, 9pm
IT’S BIG, glossy and ITV certainly seemed chuffed to have it. But this US buddy-cop series is so dated it’s like a blast from 1987, the year the original movie appeared starring Danny Glover and Mel Gibson’s mullet.
As soon as we see Martin Riggs (played by Clayne Crawford) in a car chase cracking unfunny jokes, we know we are in a time warp. It’s as though Breaking Bad, The Killing, Cagney & Lacey and a hundred other fantastic crime series had never happened.
The formula of odd-couple cops being forced to work together, making jibes at each other while shooting the town up, is as flat as a burst balloon.
Riggs and Murtaugh
Riggs is the ex-Navy SEAL who’s thrust back to work after a family tragedy. Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) is the stiff-necked LAPD detective thrust back to work after a heart attack.
They encounter each other at a bank hold-up when Riggs decides to play pizza-delivery boy and stroll straight into the armed raid. Cracking unfunny jokes. Cheesy? It’s a quattro formaggio of predicatable mayhem.
A freeway chase, a shootout with drug dealers, and you know what? Murtaugh soon feels alive in the company of his hot-headed buddy and this show could run and run…
ITV have placed it on Friday nights, when presumably the audience is in the mood for takeaway and mindless action. Explosions and fast cars rule here, just don’t expect an interesting story or any wit.
If you like the reboot of Hawaii Five-O, you’re welcome to this.