Reagan’s tough love dishes out justice
DO THEY really have to say vic? They can’t say victim? Are the police really that busy that they don’t have time for an extra syllable? Perp I can understand. I don’t know that I like it but I can see how much more time it takes to say the rest of those letters. Perpetrator is a long word and if you have to say it 10, 20 times in a working day it could start to eat into your time.
Blue Bloods. It was almost called Reagan’s Law until somebody remembered there used to be an American president by that name and giving a nice TV show about ordinary, rightwing Americans the same . . . hmmm ... clearly it should’ve been called Reagan’s Law. Might’ve been a very different show. It just sounds more jack-booty even saying it. And I can absolutely see Tom Selleck as a fascist enforcer. We all can. That moustache . . . He wouldn’t do it though, I’m almost certain. He’s so soft here I’m worried he might have osteoporosis. He does play a cop though. They’re all cops. Grandad, dad, brothers. Even the dead brother. The sister is a lawyer. And can I just ask you to have a look at the zing between the two brothers and their sister Bridget Moynahan. It’s like they were raised on the prairie. In Utah. But it’s a handy device making everyone in the family involved in the job in some way, like on The Sopranos. And it also gives rise to a range of career-ending professional conflicts, but I have a feeling we’re not going to see so much of that. Because this is a moralistic, smug, I suspect unimpeachable family, although I’d be happier if Tom Selleck didn’t dye his hair and moustache himself. But the family thing could get cloying pretty quick. Danny — Donnie Wahlberg — can hardly see his desk at work for photos of his kids.
The first episode this week — tonight — has some of that really clumsy dialogue you get when the writers are trying to convey information to the audience like there’s an emergency, rather than just letting it come out naturally the way it would in real life.
The family’s standing around together at one point and Tom Selleck or one of them says, yes, it’s tragic your brother Jimmy died. Who talks like that? Nobody, unless they have more than one brother who died, but not all of them tragically.
I thought I might be happy about seeing Tom Selleck again, but now that I have I’m not convinced he’s right for this role. But he’s no worse than the others. He’s better than the others, in fact. Or not Len Cariou, who plays his father, but he’s a really good actor.
Blue Bloods, Channel 10, tonight, 8.30pm.