Rookie Blue is a new TV series that follows the lives of five inexperienced rookies thrown into the world of big city policing -- where even the smallest mistake can have life-or-death consequences. This series stars Missy Peregrym (Reaper, Heroes) as eager Andy McNally and Gregory Smith (Everwood) as thrill-seeker Dov Epstein. Joining them are Enuka Okuma (24) as Traci Nash, a tough-talking party girl and mother to a six-year-old son; Travis Milne (My Green House) as Chris Diaz, the straight-and-narrow poster boy for the force, and Charlotte Sullivan (M.V.P.) as Gail Peck, the ambitious one who will trample over anyone who gets in her way. This group of rookies trained together at the police academy. Now they’re on the job together, learning first-hand the hardest kind of policing there is.
The pilot was tonight, and I thought it was fairly awful. There were a lot of procedural hiccups and terrible character moments. I only really got a sense of Missy Peregrym's character, Andy, and even then I only bought her because of the earnestness of Peregrym's performance. I'm not saying it was Emmy-worthy, but it was believable and she seemed to embrace the character wholeheartedly.
I cringed at the scene with the transgendered woman and found it completely insensitive and out of touch. Oh ha ha, the rookies are uncomfortable touching a shemale--is she a man? A woman? What if she's got like, junk down there??? I thought we got over transgender-misunderstandings-played-for-comedy in like, 2005. Lazy, insensitive writing.
Slightly less cringent, but nevertheless completely uninteresting to me, was the plotline with Undercover Douchebag. He goes on a tirade about being undercover, and then yells at Andy for not knowing he was a cop. I couldn't believe no one took the time to tell him it was like he was complaining no one told him happy birthday, except he never bothered to tell anyone when his birthday was. What a moron. Of course, in the laws of TV Land, he will now hook up with Andy at some point. Yawn.
Hopefully the series will settle after the pilot, since I have a spot spot for Peregrym and Smith.
Speaking of Gregory Smith, how does he look younger than he did on Everwood? Does he have an aging painting in his attic or something?