It’s no news that season six of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is out. The excitement surrounding it is not trivial. Ever since the last episode of the last season, fans have been holding their breath for the upcoming season. The previous one ended with a trail of questions, the most pressing ones being the fate of Captain Holt’s career and Jake and Amy’s life as a married couple. This wait finally ended on the tenth of January when the first episode aired on TV. Since, three episodes have released. And there are a lot of things I have to say about the TV series’ new production.
All this while, I’ve been waiting on the edge of my seat for what I know to be a TV show at the zenith of cinematic art. When season six came out, I was more than excited to (binge) watch it. However, as the first few minutes of episode one rolled in, my enthusiasm died down. I was trying to keep an open-mind about it, but I couldn’t help sliding back into my seat.
Three-quarters of the episode in, I was contemplating what went wrong—if it was a change in my attitude or a change in the show’s dynamics. My suspicions were confirmed by the end of the third episode, for despite being only three episodes in, I already noticed my attention flailing.
I don’t know about you, but the problems with the “new” show are not unnoticeable to me. It seems with a change of broadcasting company came an alteration in the essence of the show, possibly for the worse. I never expected to feel disappointed towards a show with which I built five seasons worth of rapport.
THE SHOW SEEMS TO HAVE LOST ITS FLAVOR
The show seems to have lost its flavor, the idiosyncratic charm of well-written dialogue and memorable characters, combined with the twist of an amazing plot. The dialogue is dry and unexciting. The characters are outrageous and the plot is inconsequential. Moreover, the uniqueness of each of these elements seems to have faded away. Its witty repartees and jovial punch-lines are what I’ve always enjoyed about the show. But the dialogue used now seems generic and banal.
Then, there are the characters, who are all overly immatureto rephrase, their immaturity stopped being endearing and a source of humor. Instead it is outright cringey. I was willing to tolerate it until I saw Jake and Gina, in the most recent episode, wearing baggy pants and sweatshirts to their high school reunion. You can also see Amy geeking out over the science project of some kid. I love the nerdy side of her. She’s one of my favorite characters, after all. But I don’t like how she’s being portrayed in the show.
THE PLOT-THE BACKBONE OF ANY CINEMATIC OR LITERARY ENDEAVOR
Furthermore, the plot—the backbone of any cinematic or literary endeavor—isn’t very interesting either. Why is it being based on such morbidly frivolous things like Jake’s nickname when he was in high school? Or on some innocuous contest on the FM radio that the squad is freaking out over?
In the previous seasons, they talked about critical, serious issues in a humorous way. Now they seem to be making the plot about trivial things, as though they came up with the story by picking chits with random words and putting a couple of them together. I should probably give the writers the benefit of the doubt, considering the fact that it has only been three episodes. But I don’t like where the season is heading.
Also, what is with the tying-Captain-Holt-to-the-bed-on-their-honeymoon fiasco?
In addition to fixing these problems, the show should keep track of what they portray. Like making Hitchcock and Skill look like two incredibly handsome men in their youth when they look completely different in another season.
Of course, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is still Brooklyn Nine-Nine. There are things I still love about the show. There’s still the humor, especially when Charles elaborates on the quirks of the Boyle family. Rosa’s still one of the best characters in the show, with her point-blank expressions and impressive gymnastic ability. I like how every single episode ends with a message (for example: If you see your boss on your honeymoon, RUN), something that is characteristic of the show.
IT HAS THOSE WARM SCENES
I also enjoy how it has those warm scenes where the characters behave like adults, exploring normal “adult” things like relationships and values. In the first episode Jake and Holt have a conversation about resilience, and in episode three Gina and Jake talk about friendship. I appreciate how infrequently these scenes appear. They’re breaths of fresh air in an otherwise lighthearted show.
At its heart, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is still the same. However, I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks that the show has seen some changes here and there—which are not for the better. Let’s hope this is just a blip on the radar of the show and not the new trend itself.