TV Show Reviews
"Backstrom" review by Suzanne
Premieres Thursday January
on FOX 9/8c
There are a lot of things on this show that normally I
despise, yet somehow....it works. It's a comedy and drama,
both together. It's probably more toward the comedy side.
It's not hilarious, but sometimes it really makes me laugh.
The "hero" of the show is rude and obnoxious, usually very
unlikable, and self-destructive, and he doesn't follow the
rules, abusing the power of his authority. He hates
everyone, but he frequently makes sexist and racist remarks.
The people he works with all have some kind of quirky
characteristics. The show itself is your usual cop drama,
mainly enlivened by the comedy or how the characters work
together. Also, sometimes the show tries to tug at your
heart strings, which usually I don't like in a comedy.
The show's main character, Everett Backstrom (Rainn
Wilson), reminds me a little bit of Hugh Laurie's Greg
House, or Greg Kinnear's character in "Rake", or Vincent
D'Onofrio's Goren in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent".
Parts of the show remind me a little of "Brooklyn
Nine-Nine", but it's a much better show than that one.
He's overweight and unhealthy, and he drinks and smokes
too much. He's very good at figuring out the truth in
homicides (he's almost like a "murder whisperer), but
otherwise he's terrible at his job. He's very driven, yet he
seems kind of pathetic and vulnerable at other times. This
is his last chance to save his career, and maybe his life.
The other law enforcement that he works with all have their
own problems. The best stand-out of the bunch, Dennis
Haysbert, is a wonderful character (a preacher in his spare
time). I love that voice. Even though I've seen him on other
shows, on this one I keep expecting him to tell us about
AllState Insurance. Kristoffer Polaha (formerly seen
on "Ringer" and other shows) is also awesome as Niedermeyer.
Thomas Dekker is great as a young gay fence who lives with
Backstrom (and may or may not be his son).
I watched the first 4 episodes on FOX's press site. They
were all very good. The third one I thought was a little
weaker than the others, but just a little. The fourth one
had some very interesting revelations. I can't wait to
see more! I hope it does better than so many other FOX
dramas I've enjoyed that didn't last very long.
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