The Rookie

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45 min
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The Rookie - First episode

John Nolan (Nathan Fillion, Castle) is a forty-year-old owner of a construction company who, at the start of the pilot, enters a bank to store his divorce papers in his safe-deposit box. At that moment he doesn't know what he wants to do with the rest of his life. What happens afterwards in the bank and his response to the event make him decide to go to the police academy.

The Rookie has a more subtle approach, adds the requisite amount of humour and from the start creates several dilemmas for the main characters.

Nine months later he and two fellow rookies enter a police station in LA. Soon his age becomes a problem. His superior officer Sergeant Wade Grey (Richard T. Jones, Narcos) makes it clear he won't find it easy to find his place in the force. However, Nolan is not discouraged by the harsh words of his superior officer and tries to get through the first few days as best as he can.

Besides Nolan, the other two rookies and their training officers and their first days at the LA police force are the focus in this pilot. In this first episode they are thrown to the wolves, which results in quite a lot of action, verbally as well as physically. As a viewer, you are soon given insight into the personalities of the main characters, which is not always the case in a first episode. Despite the fact that some serious things happen, the whole episode is punctuated with humour. It's not that you will be rolling around with laughter, for the humour in this series is more subdued.

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The Rookie is a series with quite some potential. The first episode has a good pace and the viewer is confronted with a lot of action and drama. Still, all the information given will provide a foundation for growth so The Rookie won't become another procedural cop show as we can see daily on our TV screens. The Rookie has a more subtle approach, adds the requisite amount of humour and from the start creates several dilemmas for the main characters.

So we will see if the creators of The Rookie can maintain the high quality of the first episode. If they succeed, they will probably be assured of several seasons of work.
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