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Review of "Training Day" 2/20/17 by Suzanne
Airs Thursdays 10/9c on CBS

This is a pretty good show. It takes place 15 years after the movie that starred Denzel Washington. Bill Paxton plays a "morally ambiguous" character, Frank Roarke, similar to Denzel's Alonzo Harris. Justin Cornwell plays a rookie cop, Kyle Craig, who goes undercover to try to get dirty on Roarke. In the pilot, we learn that Kyle's police officer father was murdered, and Kyle's been searching for clues to find his killer. Then he finds out that Frank knew his father and can help him find the killer. It's fine story, with lots of action.

Julie Benz, one of my favorite actresses, plays Holly Butler, a Hollywood madam and Frank's girlfriend. Check it out and see if you like it. I would watch it if I had more time (I already watch too many shows).

Star Paxton just passed away this week. Fortunately, the show did film all of the episodes for this season already, so you can watch the whole season. I don't know if they'll renew it for a second season and change the cast. It'll be interesting to see what they do.

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Training Day is a crime thriller that begins 15 years after the events of the feature film, about a young, idealistic police officer who is tapped to go undercover in an elite squad of the LAPD where he partners with a morally ambiguous veteran detective. Detective Frank Rourke is the maverick head of the Special Investigation Section (S.I.S.) that hunts the cityís most dangerous criminals, and one of the finest investigators the department has ever produced. However, when the LAPD brass notices Rourkeís penchant for operating in a gray area to fight the war on crime, they assign Kyle Craig, a heroic, untarnished cop, to pose as Frankís trainee to spy on him and report on his off-book methods. The members of Frankís loyal team include Rebecca Lee, a formidable officer with killer aim and a dark past, and Tommy Campbell, a former pro surfer who follows Frankís orders without hesitation. The teamís cases find Frank and Kyle often crossing paths with Detective Valeria Chavez, one of the LAPDís top investigators. Providing Frank with intel is his girlfriend, Holly Butler, a well-connected, unapologetic Hollywood madam. While LAPD Deputy Chief Joy Lockhart coolly puts Kyle in danger in her mission to take down Frank, Kyleís schoolteacher wife, Alyse, worries her husbandís resolve to avenge the murder of his father, a cop, may be his undoing. As Frank starts teaching his principled trainee the way of the streets where the ends often justify the means, they form an uneasy alliance that will change the course of both their lives irrevocably.

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