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Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 2: Episode 1: Undercover: GRADE: B+
Well last season a sitcom set within a NYPD precinct with Andy Samberg as the lead debut and it’s much better than it has any right to be. Brooklyn Nine-Nine was the funniest new comedy last fall providing truly hilarious and consistent episodes over its first season with sharp writing and wonderfully character drive work so let’s get to it!
Last season ended with Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) going undercover on a case for the FBI and confessing to Detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) and Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) and Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) having slept together.
After a successful bust on the case, minus one criminal getting away and giving us a driving narrative for Jake and Boyle in the episode, we’re back into things no time because only three things worth mentioning happened like Terry (Terry Crews) chipping his tooth and lisping for a while, Boyle and Santiago wearing the same outfit one day with Boyle pulling it off much more, and “The Gina Incident” which lead to Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) banning headphones in the precinct. One thing the show has right now is lots of ideas for gags and jokes that work and its refreshing to see a show be this creative early on, hopefully they can keep this up for a while.
But we also have two looming situations in the office of Jake and Santiago and Boyle and Gina. First Jake and amy which gives me pause since Santiago is still together with boyfriend Teddy and I fear this second season is gonna get bogged down with a love triangle and will they-won’t they that could hinder all the great character work built up from season one. Samberg and Fumero have great chemistry when both non and semi-romantically last season.
Then there is Boyle and Gina. Lovable, sweet, bumbling, Boyle and well Gina. gina is hit hard as her spirit animal was the wolf, nature’s greatest predator but thanks to the sexual blunder, she is now best represented by a naked mole rat, but yet, they only still know. Its been a full six months, it would have gotten out and does appear to be the longest time Boyle has held a secret. This was very good and didn’t distract from anything, but got funnier with the ending. Their pairing together can provide many laughs and also stop the Boyle pining after Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) storyline because it got kinda old.
Speaking of Rosa, she, Santiago, and Terry are put through drills by Holt to prepare for the new NYPD commissioner as is revealed towards the end and helps Holt find his smile again, was if ever really missing it though? But this is worth noting for how once again Terry Crews who is game for anything on this show as he acts as a suspicious package, confused elderly woman, and a lost seven-year-old child who ruins Santiago’s lego house. It had stables!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine came back strong with plenty of wonderful character moments from Jake starring at his maggot filled drawer, Holt’s speech at the bar, and well anything Gina and Terry really, this show has no signs of slowing down anytime soon.