Danny’s speciality is violence against suspects, but this hasn’t held him back
WE’VE got a job about to go down in the first episode of Blue Bloods this week. Diamonds. It’s all planned. Not very well, as it happens – not enough people, if you ask me.
It’s building slowly. It takes six and a half minutes for it to get under way, which is kind of leisurely for these things. But it’s all going to pick up pace fairly rapidly, I predict, now that a cop’s been shot.
‘‘ She was real police,’’ some other cop says about the dead one. Yep, The Wire has a bit to answer for, not all of it good.
There’s no crime so heinous in American mainstream culture as killing a cop. A cop’s life is worth more than other people’s, seems to be the attitude. It gets out of hand here, but it’s a pro-police kind of environment this show inhabits. Do you really think it’s an accident the family’s called Reagan?
The Reagan sisters-in-law, who didn’t actually know the dead officer, meet up in a cafe soon after to change their social calendar on account of this event. Linda: ‘‘ I can’t believe another cop has been killed.’’ Sydney: ‘‘ I guess this is no night to go to Midsummer Night’s Dream.’’ Linda: ‘‘ Yeah, I know. Shakespeare can wait.’’
But as Tom Selleck – Police Commissioner Frank Reagan – tells his daughter later, anytime a cop dies it’s like losing a family member.
The family’s having trouble cracking this cop shooting, though. ‘‘ We’ve talked to every known associate of Ricky Vintano’s and so far we’ve got squat,’’ says Danny Reagan, baffled. Imagine. Blue Bloods Channel 10, Wednesday, 9pm Second-generation mobsters not immediately folding when fronted by a bullying detective.
Danny’s speciality is violence against suspects, but this hasn’t held him back at work. Au contraire. He is praised at the highest levels for his ‘‘ interrogation’’ techniques. I suppose it helps that his father is the commissioner.
Ricky Vintano, who Danny likes for killing the cop/keeping him awake nights, is the son of Happy Jack Vintano, who was a good bad guy, his grandfather explains in a touching, somewhat addled those-were-the-days scene.
Happy Jack is played with ease by Dominic Chianese, who was both Johnny Ola in The Godfather II and Junior Soprano in The Sopranos.
Channel 10 is running double episodes this week, and the second one manages to seem both serious and trivial.
It involves a car bomb and a Muslim. Muslim-American, which is how Commissioner Reagan is only finding out about this person now – US citizen. It isn’t a dirty bomb, but it’s ugly – fertiliser, acetone, peroxide and a lot of 10cm-long nails.
And of course it all ends in a family dinner.
Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan in