Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 17, 2007 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

In the series premiere, Cobb and Boulet are on the hunt for her killer of Marlin's neighbor, who was shot and killed at a local charity fundraiser.

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  • Backdrop and Human Drama about community and family quite good, police procedural side bad. In fact the latter seems to be sandwiched in to sell the show to the networks more than anything.moreless

    Having originally watched this because I thought it was the new David Simon (The Wire) show I quickly clicked that it wasn't. This pilot which is only now broadcasting on channel 5 in the UK can't decide if it wants to be serious drama or police procedural.

    Two years after Hurricane Katrina the community in New Orleans has still not fully recovered, people are moving away and those that are left are stuck in a city desperate and plagued by ever increasing crime. The main character Marlin is a cop and stuck in the middle of this with a wife who doesn't want to bring their kid up in the enviroment and a new mysterious partner.

    At this point the cop side is completely unsatisfying and brings little to the show. One interesting aspect of the bad guy though was that she wanted to get back at the community for her brother's death. This is a motive that although presented as contrived matched the overall theme of a community rebuilding after a disaster. Less said about the gun toting second baddie the better though. Casino owner but very handy with a semi auto in broad daylight, yeah right, utter rubbish. The ex-partner sub-plot was so not used to potential either. Lets hope he may end up as a snitch and not a cop again.

    What saves this show is the human drama and the theme of rebuilding after a disater. Hopefully this will feature more prominently as the show progresses. I enjoyed Marlin's relationship with his daughter and the idea that his wife didn't want to live in New Orleans anymore. The idea that his partner is an escaped con could be interesting as well. I liked the shots of a New Orleans not given the funding to rebuild itself and the notion that people (the voodoo shop owner)were adpting to survive. Lets hope they don't waste the potential of this backdrop.

    Shame it was cancelled a few years back but for the rest of the season if they can balance the dramatic aspects and the police procedural to not feel like two different shows it could work. And! Don't waste the potential of the backdrop.

    FYI: The David Simon show I thought this was is called 'Treme'. Hopefully in the UK soon.moreless
  • Det.Martin Boulet and his new, mysterious partner, Trevor Cobb, struggle in post-Katrina NO. Boulet must fight not only with the normal crimes of an almost lawless town, but with hired mercinery killers who are trying to destroy what he holds most dear.moreless

    Too much crammed in for a pilot. We have no idea what we're in for. The plot was confusing and mucked up with sub-plots. It's a pilot, not a feature film. The writing needs serious work. That all being said, the acting and gorgeous shots of New Orleans give me hope for the show.

    Boulet may be the lead, but he has too much on his plate here and seems unhinged at many points. Anderson is doing all he can with awful writing, but there's only so much he can do. Trevor Cobb is going to upstage Boulet, I'm guessing, again and again. He's dark, he's smarter, he's got secrets, and he doesn't wear his emotions on his sleeve. If they keep him as quiet as they did in this episode, only speaking out when he actually has information his colleagues or audience need to know, his good looks and brevity are going to be greatly appreciated. At least by me.

    Basically, I think the show could do a lot of good for New Orleans and for these actors. However, it won't unless it finds a pace that can be lived with and hires some new writers.moreless
  • Not what I excepted but not bad.

    I'm not sure what I was expecting but this pilot was okay. I plan on giving it a few more episodes before making a decision. This pilot was exactly that a pilot. It gave us peaks and glimpes into the cast. The script was all right. Nothing to dramatic. Car chases, guns fights, exploding cars everything expected for a crime drama. I am hoping for a little bit more character development in future episodes. The plot of the selling the land to make the 9th Ward, 'go away' was actually really interesting and I love the twist of the convict turn cop, that I think is going to be great perspective.moreless
  • Very promising. Surprisingly good acting, the setting is real, and they aren't afraid to touch tough topics that must make Mr. Murdoch squirm.

    This is one of several new shows that I decided to watch, but didn't have high expectations for. Pilots sometimes don't show what you can expect for the main run, but if this keeps the same level, it's going to be on my regular viewing list. Anderson's acting stands out, but most of the cast is solid. The plot, the willingness to touch tough issues -- the scene showing the graffiti on the buildings, the use of "BlackRiver" security -- read "Blackwater" and check recent headlines, and the motive for the crime, and how it was explained all must have made Rupert wish he had more control over Fox Entertainment.

    The plotting was solid, and they showed a skill in using minor points. "They let me keep my radio" was a throwaway line, except it wasn't -- and the way they ended that plot sequence was surprising and right, when they had an 'easy' alternative.

    There are weaknesses. They have to show scenes that aren't at that high intensity -- the only quiet scenes exploded in horror (a plot style they have to be careful not to overuse), the other police officers are still zeros, and please don't show his neighbor singing again. There are bumpy spots, but if they iron them out and the show can survive its time slot, it will be well worth following.moreless
  • Could do better

    If a school report was written for this show then the above would be recommended.

    Don't get me wrong i thought the opening pilot was great but it was lacking something, it doe's have promise and I like both Anthony Anderson and Cole Hauser as actors, however the rest of the cast were pretty stale.

    The first episode concentrated on the two main characters and some of there background(s) but we are only into the opening pilot and already people are putting this show down, yes something's will need spicing up and keeping the audience watching or else they will pull the plug on this show never to return.moreless
Tawny Cypress

Tawny Cypress

Ginger "Love Tap" LeBeau

Cole Hauser

Cole Hauser

Trevor Cobb

John Carroll Lynch

John Carroll Lynch

Captain James Embry

Blake Shields

Blake Shields

Jeff "Glue Boy" Gooden

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

Marlin Boulet

Michael Arata

Michael Arata

Owen's Lawyer

Guest Star

Adella Gauthier

Adella Gauthier

Wounded Woman

Guest Star

William Mapother

William Mapother

Gordon Wix

Guest Star

Maximiliano Hernandez

Maximiliano Hernandez

Billy "K-9" Faust

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Marlin Boulet: (talking to a suspect he is interrogating) You figured we were on to you, so you wanted to send a message. NOPD officers are quitters, right? Since some of them bolted during the storm? So you thought maybe that was me. Well Mr. Wix, you sent your message to the wrong guy.

    • Bartender: Something from the bar gentlemen?
      Trevor Cobb: Give me a club soda, two limes please.
      Marlin Boulet: Bourbon, double.
      Marlin Boulet: Why are you here Cobb?
      Trevor Cobb: It really bugs you that I don't drink.
      Marlin Boulet: No I just don't get it.
      Trevor Cobb: What's that?
      Marlin Boulet: Our rep's in the sewer, the pay sucks, crime is off the chart. But you finish your tour in the Middle East war zone and pop down here to be a cop. What's wrong with Cincinnati?
      Trevor Cobb: Why in the hell do you care? I'm getting the sense you don't care much about what I think. I mean you are drinking on the job, which makes me wonder whether you got my back or not. You wanna torture a guy in front of me? That's fine! But don't come at me with attitude and pretend you want to know who I am. I don't play that game.
      Marlin Boulet: All right. Don't pop a blood vessel.

    • Marlin Boulet: Why would anyone want to be a cop down here? He's gotta be half a nut job.
      Captain James Embry: Take a look in the mirror sometimes Boulet.
      Trevor Cobb: Hey man. Trevor Cobb, but please, call me nut job.

  • NOTES (1)