May 21, 2015

TV Recap: Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Johnny and Dora"

The Golden Globe-winning comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns for a second season of hilarity and crime. After an impressive first season that chronicled one of the best new ensembles solving problems and forming unexpected relationships, the series is back to tackle bigger things. Will it be as great as the first season? Stay tuned every Wednesday for the recap on that week's episode to find out through interesting tidbits including the best jokes and what the crew is up to that week.

Andy Samberg
Crime of the Week: Peralta (Andy Samberg) must catch a criminal making a drug trade by following him to the drop spot.

Left to right: Melissa Fumero and Andy Samberg
Peralta Problem: While undercover, Peralta must not allow his emotions for Santiago (Melissa Fumero) to overwhelm him.

Left to right: Kyra Sedgwick and Andre Braugher
Subplot of the Week: Holt (Andre Braugher) is on the verge of being transferred by Wunch (Kyra Sedgwick) and can only be reversed if the staff can help him out.

Terry Crews
Best Joke: While infiltrating a facility to retrieve files, Jeffords (Terry Crews) is unable to open the cabinet. With the help of Gina (Chelsea Peretti), he manages to carry the entire file cabinet out without being seen.

Culprit: The criminal was caught handing off a suitcase in the park.

Resolution: Holt ends up getting transferred. Peralta and Santiago realize that they still have feelings for each other. Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) ends up throwing a birthday party for Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) that goes according to plan and ends a night with her boyfriend.

Left to right: Terry Crews and Chelsea Peretti
Verdict: A strong capper to another solid season. It is full of great small moments that not only play to the characters' strengths, but also shows a progression from the beginning of the season. There's plenty of small moments in which the characters show growth and leave us with a nice sense of what to expect for the future. However, there isn't anything quite like this show's ability to do a cliffhanger. Much like last season, this ends with a lot of questions left up in the air. Who will replace Holt? Will Peralta and Santiago get back together? You'll have to wait until next season to find out.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Season 2 Verdict: The best that can be said about the show is that it has remains very consistent in quality. It has continued to make these characters more interesting and while there have been a few odd romances thrown in, they have all contributed to character growth and a lot of great gags. If anything, the average to great episodes and bad ones remains just as strong as ever and the introduction of Wunch turned out to be the perfect way to slowly build to the twist finale. I am wondering how the show will progress from here without Andre Braugher, who has become so integral to the show's success that it is hard to imagine it without him. Nevertheless, a strong season and still very funny.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

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