Two Guys, a Girl and a TV Set

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“Detroit 187” S1E2 – Local Hero/ Overboard

Posted by Marlo Stanfield on September 29, 2010

How convenient.  Detroit 187 further placed itself amongst the atypical crime procedurals this week.  It’s still a good procedural, but I was hoping it would be more than the NYPD Blue of 2010 Detroit.

“Local Hero/ Overboard” centered around two murders, one of local hero/ football star Calvin Gibbs and the other, a d-bag groom is thrown overboard.  SPOILER: I’m doing some fancy color changing to keep this next item secret.

SPOILER: For those concerned, Detective Damon Washington survives. Not a huge shocker there, as it is network television. Regardless, I love Jon Hill as an actor, and am excited to see him in action once he’s back on the beat.

The main story of the episode follows the death of football star Calvin Gibbs and the circumstances surrounding his death.  From an overprotective older brother to a shady nightclub Calvin was involved with, Calvin’s death is mired with many possible situations, and as it just so happens, it was an act of passion.  Calvin’s former girlfriend, LaLa, has been having an affair behind her boyfriend’s back, and he delivers the killing shot.  Calvin’s brother, the prime suspect, avenges his brother’s death by killing the wrong man, the nightclub owner. Like last week, a pathos filled ending that leaves the audience and Detroit P.D. feeling bittersweet about the events that have transpired

It looks as if Detroit 187 is going to be pretty formulaic.  Det. Finch will be the centerpiece of the show with backup from Det. Stone and Det. Sanchez and this case will always be the central arc.  Sgt. Langford and Det. Mahajan will have the lighter B plot, complete with repartee.

Imperioli is required to stay in character, per his contract with ABC

What’s going to be interesting going further into this series is the growth of Michael Imperioli’s character, Det. Finch, and whether he can sustain the series or not.  Even though it’s obviously an ensemble show, people will be tuning in for the former Christopher Moltisanti (may he rest in peace from writing on our blog.)  Plus, it’s not as if Detroit 187 is an easy watch in this timeslow – it’s going against two of last year’s popular premieres, NBC’s Parenthood and CBS’ The Good Wife (although Parenthood is not doing great in the ratings)

I’ll still be watching, but it’s got to be something different than the cookie cutter procedural mold, or viewers may start to dwindle.  (A 10% decline in viewership from last week to this week’s episode.)

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