Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a show that, above all else, has proven time and time again that it can be a workplace sitcom, but also so much more. Late last season as the gang attempted to track down Jimmy "The Butcher" Figgis proved that very well as the series dove into new, serialized territory. So, when last season saw Jake and Holt go under witness protection as Figgis threatened death after the squad destroyed his operation, the premise was as high stakes as you could get.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine goes ahead and takes a page from fellow FOX-com, The Last Man on Earth, as it isolates two of the characters in an unknown location, much like in the former's mid-season premiere in which Mike Miller lands on Earth and meets a deranged sailor.
The episode consists of Jake and Holt's misadventures as they more or less show how terrible their lives are in Flordia, but when a woman takes a video of the two getting hit by Go-Karts and toppling down, they have to retrieve it and delete it to save their identities. The premise is great, the end result is difficult to pin down. We get a lot of hilarious scenes with Jake and Holt, particularly with Holt's power-walking friends and Jake's ATV mishaps, the episode is a bit disappointing when it focuses on the two's argument. Don't get me wrong, Jake and Holt has and will always be a golden pairing, and their arguments in "The Mole" and "9 Days" have been hilarious, but here it's a bit different. Holt doesn't want Jake to work on the Figgis case as they were told not to and it could jeopardize their lives, so Holt steals his files, and Jake blackmails him by becoming his boss at Frank's Fun Zone, the promotion that Holt wanted, therefore taking control over him. It's something that should have been comedy gold, but it's a bit darker here. Mostly because it feels that the anger is real. In the past, Jake and Holt have bickered, but it's more of an annoyance for each other, here their aggression felt real. Despite this, I think it fits in with the nature of the episode as it is darker than an average episode, so it ends up working out. On another note, the pacing of the episode also felt rather rushed, they look through the security cameras and immediately find the identity of the woman, still hilarious, but wish we could have gotten a couple extra minutes to it.
Despite that, there's still a lot of good to be had. Jorma Taccone as Holt's boss at Frank's Fun Zone was great, and the little screen time that Maya Rudolph got was hilarious. On another note, I really loved how invested Holt was into his power-walking friends and especially how hard he was trying to come off as a straight man. The highlight of the episode though is Holt's birthday rap, it just plays out so well. While I didn't find this episode to be amazing, I loved the setup towards the end as Holt uploads the video to use as bait for Figgis. Overall, the premiere was good, I'm excited to see where this season goes and can't wait for Coral Palms Pt.2.
- Holt's Power-Walking Group
- Jake Selling ATVs
- Holt's Birthday Rap
- Maya Rudolph and Jorma Taccone
- The Setup To Pt. 2
- Rushed Pacing
- Little Screen Time From Guest Stars
Come back next week for my review of Coral Palms Pt.2, and if you're a fan, I'm also reviewing The Last Man on Earth, read my review for that premiere on Sunday.