Rookie Blue – First Day of the Rest of Your Life

by Alan Rapp on May 26, 2012

in Television Reviews 

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I caught the first couple of episodes of Rookie Blue‘s first season back when it premiered in the summer of 2010. Although I’m a fan of the show’s star Missy Peregrym, there wasn’t enough to bring me back every week and I wondered how long the show would manage to stick around. After completing two 13-episode seasons Rookie Blue returned this week for it’s Third Season and, with most of the shows I’m currently watching now on hiatus (or waiting to begin their own summer runs) I decided to give it another shot.

The show centers around a group of rookie cops, who now more than two seasons in can’t really be referred to as rookies anymore. In the Third Season opener Andy (Peregrym) returns from a three-months suspension (which she apparently spent making a skydiving documentary / commercial) to appear before the tribunal and plead her case for reinstatement.

Her complicated love interest Sam (Ben Bass) picks Andy up at the airport but on their way back to her apartment to prepare for her hearing they find themselves in the middle of a traffic accident involving a van full of propane and a missing teenage girl (Niamh Wilson) who flees the scene, Epstein (Gregory Smith) and Nash (Enuka Okuma) dealing with the drunken driver and disorderly guest-star William Shatner who caused the accident, but his story gets far more interesting.

Andy recognizes a missing child poster for the granddaughter of the man they have in custody for a DUI which leads to an investigation which she can’t be part of as she attends her hearing to be reinstated. Her teammates are able to find the girl, arrest the kidnapper, and reunite a family. Other storylines involve Gail (Charlotte Sullivan) having mixed feelings about the precinct’s new rookie – ex-soldier and former flame Nick Collins (Peter Mooney), and Williams (Melanie Nicholls-King) and Diaz (Travis Milne) being chosen as the faces for the 15th’s new public relations campaign.

The pace of the show has improved since those early episodes but the cast of main characters is still too large without a central focus, and the number of subplots, or pieces of the main plot broken up to give everyone screentime, still comes off awkward at times. However, there’s just enough for a dead period between finales and other summer show’s premieres I may stick around, at least for awhile.

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