TV Review: Common Law Premiere
Cast: Michael Ealy,Warren Kole,Sonya Walger,Jack McGee,Elizabeth Chomko,Alicia Coppola, Mercedes Masöhn,Marquita Terry,Stephanie Childers
Synopsis: Travis Marks(Michael Ealy) and his partner Wesley Mitchell(Warren Kole) are in couples therapy. They are being forced to by their captain Sutton(Jack McGee). Their therapist, Dr. Ryan(Sonya Walger), wants them to get to know each other. During their session, their is a murder. The victim is Tobey Whitaker. They find out that he is the son of Judge Whitaker and was in rehab. They beg Capt. Sutton to keep them on the case and to not give it to their competing detectives, Goodwin and Scott(Stephanie Childers). They find out that the murder weapon belonged to Zack Whitaker(Matt Angel). They find him on the roof of a building about to jump. Wes tries to talk him down and Travis sneaks up from below and hooks him to a fire hose. When they go to see the lab tech, Wes finds out that Travis is dating Ellen(Mercedes Masohn). She provides them with a number for a suspect. In order to get for information on him, they have to see the narcotics cop Randi(Marquita Terry). Travis dated her as well. The suspect is Dominick Santori and he tells them Taylor borrowed 5 thousand from him. In order to find out why he needed the money, they need to find who was driving him. So they go to visit Travis’s foster brother who finds the owner of the car for them. They find out the money was for his son that his family did not know about. Wes goes to see his ex-wife Alex Mitchell(Elizabeth Chomko). The coroner Jonelle(Alicia Coppola) calls them and once again Travis dated her. She tells them that Tobey was injected with heroin. Still stuck, they land up fighting in front of the D.A. Dr Ryan finds Wes and helps him figure things out. Wes finds Travis, they make up and go back to the rehab facility. They catch Vince West(Richard Wharton), the man in charge of the facility, with heroid. He killed Tobey to hide that he was using. Travis and Wes decide to continue with therapy.
Review: The characters create unique relationship. You have Wes who is very uptight and by the book. Then you have Travis who breaks the rules but has issues with commitment. It is kind of fun to watch them argue with each other not realizing that they each make the other a better cop. The captain is not the typical police captain on TV. This brings something different to the show that makes it stand out from other cop shows.
However the plot does reach a little bit. I don’t know how many police departments would pay for two detectives to see a therapist when they could just give them new partners. With that said, I do like it because it is something that would be rare to see. They do have a lot of small stories all tied into one. The problem is that it might be a little too much. We will see how they handle it.
Unlike all other cop shows, these will be tied together. So many don’t really develop characters or they do at a really slow rate. It’s mostly about solving the crime. This show is about the characters as they solve the crime. So even though their will be a different victim every week, the episodes will be picking up relatively close to where the previous one left off. This will enable them to bring things up that happened in the previous episode.
The performance by the actors was not bad. Micheal Ealy and Warren Kole both made their characters their own. However, it is still too early to say that “I can’t picture anyone else playing the parts.” As for Sonya Walger, she is a stunning women but she wasn’t in the premiere enough for me to get a good read on her. Hopefully in future episodes she will be given a chance to shine and prevent us from turning away from the show. Finally Jack McGee was great. He plays a completely different character than he did on Rescue Me. I loved him in this show and never once did I see him as his previous character.
In my opinion, give this show a chance. Depending on how they handle the growth of the characters and the plot, this show has a chance of being really good. If anything else, it is a nice change of pace from all the cop shows that are on TV now.