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"Rookie Blue: Season One" - {Blu-ray}
Daniel Ruwe
Studio: Entertainment One
TV - Series
Release Date:
May 31, 2011
Special Features:

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What if you had a TV show that was like Friends, except everyone was police officers for some reason, and it wasn’t a comedy? And it was shot in Canada? You’d probably come away with a show like Rookie Blue, a show whose name pretty much sums up the premise. “Blue” means police show, “rookie” means inexperienced. So you have a show about a very diverse bunch of rookie cops, all of who are much better looking than your typical officer, and all of whom have much more emotion baggage than your typical twenty-something. ***

Rookie Blue goes for realism, which is sort of an interesting choice for a show like this, and is undercut by the clichéd and maudlin writing. I know the main characters are new to the game, but they make way more really dumb mistakes than they should, mistakes that always put themselves, their friends, and sometimes dozens of innocent people in danger. In real life, all of them would have been fired a long time ago, assuming they hadn’t all died first. ***

The best part of the series is the interactions between the rookie cops and their more experienced police mentors. That part of the show is well-written and well-acted, and feels more real than the rookies’ often very improbable individual exploits. If the show stuck to this part of the show more, instead of focusing on incredibly sappy and unrealistic storylines about teenagers who kill people from the best possible motives or lost kids and other overemotional plot lines. Rookie Blue is not an actively bad show, but lacks distinguishing features and doesn’t really bring enough good stuff to table to be considered a very good show. ----

Image and Sound:

The series Blu-Ray transfer comes to us via an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.78:1. The show looks nice, and some of the establishing shots of Toronto are really beautiful. Close-ups reveal good detail, and the colors look sharp. ***

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack sounds good, with clearly audible dialogue, and authoritative sounding shots. ----

Special Features:

There aren’t many special features on this set. There is a making-of featurette, and a behind the scenes feature. Plus, there is a season one trailer and a season two teaser.

Final Words:

Rookie Blue tries, but it’s really too forgettable to be considered good. It’s perfectly standard, with writing that takes no risks and pleasant but dull characters.


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