Brooklyn Nine-Nine | Season Seven | *Spoilers for aired episodes*

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    cmontyburns

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    The only silver lining in The Good Place signing off is that it brings the return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, for its seventh season. Unlike its Mike Schur stablemate, weekly episode threads probably won't sustain themselves, but I'd still like to discuss the show. Let's do it here.

    To accommodate anyone who wants to read the thread but who isn't current on the season, let's plan that whomever makes the first post about that week's new episode mark it as such, e.g.

    Spoilers for the 2/6 episode, "Episode Title" start here.

    That way people who are not current can know when to stop reading.

    And as long as I am suggesting rules, I'll propose that spoilers for Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Podcast episodes are OK in this thread as well.

    Nine Nine!
     
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    cmontyburns

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    Having set my own rule, a few podcast comments while we wait for the TV premiere.

    I've listened to the episode covering the first season and am halfway through the next one, on season two. I'm really enjoying it although I've found it takes some adjusting, having become accustomed to the rhythms of The Good Place: The Podcast. Even though MEJ hosts both, and he's customarily excellent here too, even he's a bit different here. Maybe mildly more frenetic? I could be imagining that, but if not it's probably fitting for the more purely comedic nature of this show vs. that one.

    I haven't looked ahead at the other episodes, but I really hope they've got Braugher as a guest in there somewhere. It seems like something he wouldn't want to do, though, and I bet he'd be a bit of a wet blanket. Still would like to hear from him though. And hopefully Samberg, too. We didn't get KB or Ted Danson on TGP:TP very often, but those big stars did participate so hopefully the same will hold here.
     
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    I watched the last couple of episodes from season 6 to be fresh for tonight!
    NINE NINE!
     
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    With the exception of Survivor, I will wait until tomorrow to watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I have both Tivos set to record. :p
     
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    TMI!!
     
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    Nine Nine!
     
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    Corrected
     
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    cmontyburns

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    Spoilers for episode 1, "Manhunter", and episode 2, "Captain Kim", both OAD 2/6/2020, start here.

    I hadn't realized we were getting a double-run for the premiere. Awesome.

    That said, I enjoyed "Captain Kim" somewhat more than "Manhunter". I laughed a lot at the latter and more smiled at the former. I don't really think going big-concept is always to the show's strengths. One of the things the show is pretty careful about is that, while it's not a "cop show", it is a show about people who are cops and it takes care to show them as being good at their jobs even while being silly. So it took me out of the story somewhat to see Amy and Rosa and Terry screwing around, not working at all, during the middle of a manhunt for an attempted assassin. I get that Amy had something real on her mind, and that Rosa was trying to get her through it so they could concentrate on work, but it seemed like a subplot that would have functioned better back at the precinct, in between cases or something. Picky detail to have lowered the episode for me, but that's the effect it had.

    I thought "Captain Kim" was straight-up hilarious. Lots of great jokes (Jake: "Are you talking about the chair?" Scully: "Ger her name out of your mouth!" Jake: "Her name is 'The Chair'?" Scully: "I warned you!") and Cool Charles was a gag I can't believe they've never done before. Lots of great stuff here. I actually would have liked Captain Kim to stick around for a while, although maybe she was too good to be true. Sepinwall was more critical of this episode, saying it's an example of older Jake behavior, where he ruins something by pursuing his own agenda while everyone else tells him not to. I get that, but this seems a little different because he wasn't indulging his own ego here, he was doing it out of affection for and belief in Holt. And it was fun seeing Jake and Amy as adversaries (narc!), though it was a bit weird that they wouldn't each know the other planned to attend the party.
     
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    I loved the "Amy thought she was pregnant" subplot of "Manhunter" - I love the interplay between Amy and Rosa-they have become such good friends. The bodega pregnancy tests (expired- (10 years!) - used- oddly vibrating!) had me LOLing- and Rosa's imitation of a babbling brook (glub-glub-glub) - BA HA HA!
    And Terry's thinking they were talking about him- DO NOT DAB!
    That whole thing just cracked me up.
    And of course the "Weiner Warriors!" Got to love Hitchcock and Scully!
     
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    Actually, while I thought that subplot wasn’t well-placed being in this episode, you’re right that there was some funny stuff in it. Those pregnancy tests were great. The one for teenagers — brand “O.M.G.” :)
     
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    Incidentally, it appears we're not actually getting weekly podcast episodes a la The Good Place: The Podcast. Bummer.
     
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    I loved the first two episodes. I really miss this show when it's gone. I don't think 99 lends itself to podcasts in a way that TGP did (not that I listened to either). To me this is more of a traditional comedy that doesn't have a lot of philosophical undertones. It's just laugh out loud funny, and there's no need to examine every last detail. But that's me.
     
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    TGP:TP was 25% examination of moral philosophy and show plotting and 75% "how did you make this episode" conversations with just about everyone in the cast and crew. Brooklyn need much less of the former, of course, and somewhat less of the latter as it doesn't feature the elaborate special effects or sets that TGP often did. But there's still plenty of room for "making of" stuff, I think. If only.
     
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    Spoilers for episode 3, "Pimemento", OAD 2/13/2020, start here.

    Mantzoukas appeared on one of the podcast episodes and tipped off this episode. When I heard that, I thought it would be a full reverse-chronological episode, but that probably would have been too ambitious (and it didn't work too effectively for Seinfeld back in the day).

    I thought this one was decent -- kind of middle-of-the road Brooklyn. I didn't use to like Mantzoukas much, but he's grown on me, and quick hits of Pimento like this are usually pretty fun. This concept bordered on letting him get too manic, which is saying something, but it mostly worked. They do like having him naked or in his underwear, though.

    The workplace conflict half was maybe a little too obvious (of course that's where it was going), but they got a few good jokes out of it. One thing I can't decide if I am on board with is Holt in uniform. Lots of comic potential in seeing him brought low and acting peevish about it, but the humor from him comes from playing stuff off his fundamental dignity. If they make him act like a juvenile all the time, it's not Holt anymore. So I hope they don't indulge themselves there too much more.
     
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    Spoilers for episode 12, "Ransom", OAD 4/16/2020, start here.

    I'm too tired to post much, but I wanted to bump the thread to acknowledge the turn the season has taken. The first half or more of the season had some good moments, but overall it really had me feeling like maybe the show was running out of creative gas. But then it took a turn with "Trying", and it has come barreling down the stretch of the season with some vintage episodes. Unexpectedly, the Pontiac Bandit episode has been (relatively) the weakest of the back half. But the last few have been gold, with "Valloeaster" being the best Heist episode in a few years and "Ransom", tonight, just killing it in the A-story especially with Holt, Peralta, and Kevin. One big laugh after another. Wonderful entertainment in a time when I could really use it.
     
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    I agree on the Ransom episode. Holt, Peralta and Kevin as a team were hilarious.
     
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    Agree, thought last night was a great episode. Stopped more than once to rewind and hear it again.

    [from memory, and probably not accurate...]

    Holt: Peralta, you're fired, turn in your badge & gun.
    Peralta: Captain, don't you think you're overreacting?
    Kevin: Raymond, you are overreacting. {Jake gives him a grateful look} Just suspend him without pay. {Jake gives him a WTF look}

    Love this show.
     
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    Fox doesn't allow shows to use "bleep and blur", where a character says an actual obscenity and it's bleeped and a blur placed over their mouth. NBC does allow that, so the show has put a b-and-b into almost every episode of the last two seasons. Apparently co-exec producer Luke Del Tredici just loves it.

    I mostly think it's dumb, and wish the show would get over using it. Maybe they're going for "we'll do it so often that it'll become unfunny and then keep doing it so the fact that it is unfunny is funny", but that hasn't happened for me, and there hasn't been an actual funny use of it since the very first time they tried it. (That was in last season's premiere, "The Honeymoon", when Amy tells Jake, "This B needs a C in her A!" and an astonished Jake thinks she wants bleep-and-blur.)

    All that is to say that "Ransom" gives us the second funny use of this device, and manages to do it twice. Both time when Holt uses the term "(bleep)storm" to describe what's going to happen to the dognapper. The second time was especially great because Jake was in on it:

    Holt: "Oh, I see you have a knife. But what you need... is an umbrella!"
    Jake (deliriously happy): "Tell him why! Tell him why!"
    Holt: "Because there's a (bleep)storm gonna rain down on you... PUNK!"
     
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    "This B needs a C in her A" was one of the funniest scenes I've ever seen on any tv show, and it wouldn't have been nearly as funny if Jake's response hadn't been censored.
     
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    Cheddar has quietly become one of the major cast members of the series.
     
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