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Weapon" review by Suzanne
Airs Wednesdays, 8/7c on FOX
I really enjoyed the first episode of this show, and I'll
probably keep watching it. It's been a long time since I
watched the movies, but it seems to go along with them as
far as the characters, from what I can remember. It has
plenty of high energy and action. You know, bombs exploding,
car chases, shootings, etc. But it's all done in a very fun
way, for the most part. It's not what I would call
hard-to-watch or exceedingly violent like a lot of shows
Damon Wayans stars as the Danny Glover character, Detective
Roger Murtaugh. He's just returning to duty after having a
heart attack, so he's trying to take it easy and stay
healthy, and avoid stress (which is difficult to do as a
cop, especially on TV!). He has a nice family.
Wayans is funny as always but also shows his acting ability.
Clayne Crawford, who's most known for his starring role in
"Rectify" on Sundance, plays the Mel Gibson character,
Detective Martin Riggs. He has a really wide range as an
actor and will grab your heart right away. It certainly
doesn't help that he's so good looking. He reminds me of a
combination of Heath Ledger and Josh Henderson.
Just like in the movies, Riggs is a crazy, hard-drinking,
risk-taker (the TV focuses a lot on why he does that, much
more than the movies did, as I recall). They make him
much more like a troubled guy who kind of does want to kill
himself. We find out why in the first episode when his wife
and child are killed.
It's great to see Mad Men's Kevin Rahm again, as Murtaugh's
former partner, now Captain, in charge of these two.
The two make great partners and have a lot of chemistry. You
want to make sure to check it out. Not all TV reboots are as
good as this one.
(Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM
Combining action and drama with ride-or-die
friendship and humor, LETHAL WEAPON reimagines the
hit movie franchise, as it follows classic cop duo
Riggs and Murtaugh, who work a crime-ridden beat in
modern-day Los Angeles.
Grief-stricken after the loss of his young wife
and unborn child, ex-Navy SEAL-turned-detective
MARTIN RIGGS (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) moves to
California to “start over” at the LAPD. He’s paired
up with ROGER MURTAUGH (Emmy Award nominee Damon
Wayans, “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”),
who’s just coming back to the job after a near-fatal
heart attack. Riggs’ penchant for diving headfirst
into the line of fire immediately clashes with
Murtaugh’s prudent, by-the-book technique.
When CAPTAIN BROOKS AVERY (Kevin Rahm, “Mad Men”)
assigns them their first case together, Riggs drags
Murtaugh into a high-speed chase culminating inside
the Long Beach Grand Prix and a seaport shootout
with drug dealers – and despite his protests, the
older cop feels more alive than he has in years.
Meanwhile, Riggs gets a glimpse of why Murtaugh is
so determined to get home safely at the end of each
day – he’s got a wife, TRISH (Keesha Sharp, “The
People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story”),
teenagers ROGER, JR. (Dante Brown, “Mr. Robinson”)
and RIANA (newcomer Chandler Kinney) and a newborn
Riggs’ life-on-the-edge attitude makes him a
priority case for the department’s psychologist, DR.
MAUREEN “MO” CAHILL (Jordana Brewster, “Furious 7”).
Rounding out the precinct is SCORSESE (Johnathan
Fernandez, “Girls,” “Younger”), a pathologist with
the LAPD who got his nickname after a stint in film
school, which no one will let him forget.
By the time their first investigation ends, Riggs
realizes he may have found something worth living
for – a partner and friend, Murtaugh. And even
Murtaugh figures this arrangement might just work
out after all. If only Riggs doesn’t get them killed
LETHAL WEAPON is a production of Warner Bros.
Television in association with Lin Pictures and Good
Session Productions. Matt Miller (“Forever,” “The
100”), Dan Lin (“The LEGO Movie,” “Sherlock
Holmes”), Jennifer Gwartz (“Forever,” “Veronica
Mars”) and McG (“The Mysteries of Laura,” “The
O.C.,” “Charlie’s Angels”) serve as executive
producers. The pilot was written by Miller and
directed by McG. “Like” LETHAL WEAPON on Facebook at
facebook.com/LethalWeaponFOX/. Follow the series on
Twitter @LethalWeaponFOX and join the discussion at
#LethalWeapon. See photos and videos on Instagram by
WEAPON - Fact Sheet
Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT
Los Angeles, CA
Combining action and drama with
ride-or-die friendship and humor, LETHAL
WEAPON reimagines the hit movie franchise,
as it follows classic cop duo Riggs and
Murtaugh, who work a crime-ridden beat in
modern-day Los Angeles.
Sept. 21, 2016
Damon Wayans (Roger Murtaugh)
Crawford (Martin Riggs)
(Captain Brooks Avery)
(Dr. Maureen “Mo” Cahill)
Chandler Kinney (Riana
Dante Brown (Roger Murtaugh,
Johnathan Fernandez (Scorsese)
Warner Bros. Television
Good Session Productions
fox.com/lethal-weapon / FOX NOW
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@LethalWeaponFOX / #LethalWeapon
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