At first you might be thinking “Blue Bloods” is yet another crime drama or cop show that’s been done over and over. Those were my thoughts exactly except for one twist it’s about a multi-generational family of police officers in New York City. Tom Selleck returns to television starring in a weekly TV series. Many may remember Selleck as a private detective living the good life in Hawaii in the 80s mega hit TV show “Magnum, P.I.”.
Now he portrays Frank Reagan, the patriarch of the family and New York City’s Police Commissioner. His own father, Hank Reagan, in the series was also a police officer and Chief of Police. Frank Reagan’s sons have followed in their footsteps. The eldest son, played by Donnie Wahlberg, is an Iraq War veteran now a New York City detective. Another son was killed in the line of duty. The pilot episode opens with the youngest son’s graduation from the Police Academy at Madison Square Gardens.
During the opening scenes you see the father as the Police Commissioner addressing the cadets who will become rookies to the outstanding song “New York, New York” by the one and only Frank Sinatra. We also see authentic scenes of New York City while a little girl walks home from school only to be abducted by someone in a nondescript white van.
After the graduation we are further introduced to the family. Frank Reagan is a widower and Danny Reagan, the eldest, is married. There is another member of the family who is not a police officer. She is Erin Reagan-Boyle, a high level Assistant District Attorney. The recent graduate and now a rookie police officer, Jamie Reagan, also graduated from Harvard Law School, but decided to follow the family tradition of “Blue Bloods”.
Danny and his partner are called on to investigate the case of the missing girl. A talking doll is left behind at the crime scene. It is also noted the girl must be found in less than 24 hours for her next Type I Diabetes insulin shot. As a result of Danny’s investigation his sister Erin must defend him for police brutality.
At a Sunday dinner with the family Erin and Danny argue incessantly about the law and police work. Frank is reprimanded by the Mayor of New York City for his less than cordial and sticking to the script of evasive answers strategy during a press conference. Jamie is approached by the FBI for a top secret investigation into the Blue Templar, a highly secret society of police officers that is no myth.
Some bloggers and TV critics online gave a lot of praise for this stellar show and high hopes it will last longer than your usual run of the mill cop shows and crime dramas with predominate family storylines. Anything to do with New York’s finest will always be popular with viewers.
A big distinction that makes “Blue Bloods” stand out is its actual location shooting of New York City. A lot of shows are based either in New York, Chicago or Las Vegas using only stock footage or exterior shots to set up the next scene. What you see is the real deal.
One critic called it a cross between “Law & Order: Family Edition” and “Brothers & Sisters”. I certainly agree with that assessment. The plot with the missing girl was almost straight out of “Law & Order: SVU”. Tom Selleck’s character is a very no-nonsense father and Police Commissioner.
There are many set-ups introduced in this first episode that will keep the television audience tuned in throughout the season. Frank Reagan, the widower, admitted to his youngest son he now has a lady friend. Danny Reagan suffers from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) as a result of serving in Iraq. Jamie Reagan and the Blue Templar subplot are highly intriguing.
Overall, I was extremely impressed with this pilot. It has great potential to be successful, even if it seems to be another crime drama to others. One thing I liked about this episode was its numerous references to my residing city of Tampa, Florida. The police force there played a pivotal part in Danny’s investigation.
In one of the commercial breaks our local CBS affiliate newsroom commented on Tampa being in the spotlight for a new TV show. It was highlighting this for the late night news at 11 p.m. Back in the day I wasn’t a fan of the TV series “Magnum, P.I.” or into the music of boy band, “New Kids on the Block”. I am, however, a fan of “Blue Bloods” on CBS’ Friday night lineup at 10 p.m. ET.
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Adam Wright, “Blue Bloods Recap: Pilot (Series Premiere), TV Done Wright
Daniel Fienberg, “TV Review: CBS’ ‘Blue Bloods'”. HitFix