THE PLOT THUS FAR
What does it take to be a detective in one of America’s toughest cities? Follow one homicide unit as Detroit’s finest reveal the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism that characterize these inner city cops in Season 1 of Detroit 1-8-7. Headed by Lieutenant Maureen Mason, a strong-willed single mom struggling to balance home and work, the team is made up of quite the firing squad. There’s the damaged but driven Detective Louis Fitch (Michael Imperioli) along with his new partner, Detective Damon Washington. Detective Ariana Sanchez is the sexy and beautiful rising star in the department who teams up with narcotics undercover cop John Stone. Last but not least, Sergeant Jesse Longford is the 30-year veteran who forms an amusing match of experience and enthusiasm with his partner, Detective Vikram Mahajan, a fully Americanized son of Indian immigrants.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
A diversity of background and experience bolsters a crack team of homicide detectives in this hard-hitting police procedural. The squad’s investigations often surpass the seamy details of the crime to reveal the troubled city’s hope and courage. So many dramas these days revolve around one character and you only see the one side of it. The writers of this drama and the strong actors playing out the written characterization have created a world that is real in the sense that the drama is personal for everyone. I would love to see this show developed so that there is not one lead, but every episode shows us different aspects of all the characters. They are all so very interesting and not the kind of cookie cutter people you see portrayed in other dramas of this type.
I watch a lot of cop/crime dramas… and though everyone is saying that this replaces Law & Order, I believe this is something so much more. It is not impersonal the way that L&O can sometimes be. We have to go through it with the personalities -it affects them. It is easy to say that there is one way -that things are black and white, but with this series we find a structure imposed on a chaos that has good people trying to keep their sanity in any way possible.
The DVD comes with no special features. But, you get average A/V Quality with a Dolby track that actually gives the dialogue its own channel and spreads everything else out across the 5.1 soundstage. While I wish we could’ve received something more substantial, I just appreciate seeing Imperioli getting work Post-Sopranos. Especially when it’s not the horrible American take on “Life on Mars”. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.
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