Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns for its sixth season, this time on an entirely new network. After the cancellation crisis last year, many people feared that we would never see our beloved precinct get up to crazy high jinks. Season 5 even ended on a bit of a happy note, with Jake and Amy getting married, ensuring that everyone would get their happy ending even if it was canceled. However, Season 5 also ended on a cliffhanger for Captain Holt’s potential promotion to the commissioner, something that would have been hell to not know the results.
Thankfully, NBC swooped in and saved the series. Despite being on a new channel and potentially gaining an entirely new audience, Brooklyn Nine-Nine picks up where it left off. New time, new channel, same noice Brooklyn Nine-Nine! All I can say to that is toit!
Episode One: “Honeymoon”
This episode, as the name suggests, is about Jake and Amy’s honeymoon. However, things do not go as planned and this provides many laughs. The combination of Holt’s story with Jake and Amy’s leaves the newly wedded couple in a precarious position of balancing friendship and love. The cutaway gags involving this trio are laugh out loud moments that make this episode a very strong opener.
Meanwhile, back at the precinct, you have the heart-warming story of Terry getting used to command. Brooklyn Nine-Nine knows how to blend it’s softer moments and it’s comedic moments to make one fantastic story. The Top Dog Terry moments are simultaneously good character development, while also not letting the audience wallow too long in self-seriousness. Much like everything Brooklyn Nine-Nine does, it’s a balanced tightrope that could at any minute snap, but never does.
An ongoing joke that appears in this episode that even makes its way into the title of this review is fantastic. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is known for it’s strange and outlandish vocabulary. Hoot is no different, just taking a censored swear and making fun of how silly it is. This is buoyed by bleeping out real swear words leading to a fantastic exchange between Jake and Amy. Gina gets a lot to do in this episode and the next. She has always been one of the best characters, providing deadpan humor and dry sarcasm that balances out the outlandish humor of Jake. It would be sad to see her depart from this show, however, these two episodes provided some of her best material.
Episode Two: “Hitchcock & Scully”
Hitchcock and Scully have been two of the most interesting side characters I have ever seen in a sitcom. They start out as one-note gags, gain development, appear more often, and eventually become mainstays of the show. They are representatives of good comedy writing that uses the “every part of the buffalo” mentality. We have heard and seen them do things that seem different from their current status. There is more to them than meets the eye, and that’s what this episode finally shows us.
With flashbacks to the ’80s scattered about to fill in Hitchcock and Scully’s origin stories, we follow Jake as he investigates a case a little closer to home. And while many shows may play up the predicament they are all in for serious drama, Brooklyn Nine-Nine takes the concept of betrayal and makes it absolutely hilarious. While the ending is a bit predictable, it provides a fantastic final scene which makes up for it.
Meanwhile, Holt comes face to face with the problems of a high-profile job and being a minority. Taking such a heavy topic and playing with it to comment on it while simultaneously making fun of the ludicrousness of this still being a problem is something Brooklyn Nine-Nine mastered in its first season. The deft touch the comedy series has is still there, and this proves to be a fun but socially conscious part of the episode.
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s sixth season may be on a new network, but it’s still the same show. Funny, character-driven, socially conscious, and true heart are the things that define this series. And this season has that all in just the first two episodes. I cannot wait until the next episode!