Monday, May 25, 2015

The Right Stuff



Tom Selleck stars as Frank Reagan, the chief of police in New York and patriarch of the Reagan clan, a multigenerational family of cops. Frank's oldest son is Danny, a seasoned detective and Iraqi War veteran who occasionally uses dubious tactics to solve cases. Daughter Erin, the lone female, is an assistant district attorney. Fresh out of Harvard Law, Jamie is the youngest member and "golden boy" of the family. Jamie gave up a lucrative future in law to continue the family's tradition in police work, and is asked to participate in a secretive investigation that even his father does not know about.

I've mentioned that Blue Bloods has become our all time favorite dinner series, primarily because we always feel good at the end.  Here's a clip from  the episode (Loss of Faith) we watched last night (Netflix) that's representative.  In this instance a nice Catholic girl dies because she retrograded to Islam.  The obvious suspect is the the hateful, radical brother of the  Muslim  kid she fell for (an honor killing).  Not. Her father accidentally strangled her whilst trying to stop her from leaving home.

Every show ends at the family dinner table, and here's a situation where we might expect a wholesale Hollywood rant about homophobic, Islamo hating right-wing fanatic mo-fkrs.  But no; there is room to recognize cultural differences (and subtle disapprobation for certain parties, ahem),  but a need to accommodate where we can.  With humor. 


iri said...

That would not be an "honor killing" Rodge. Selleck must need the money. Thanks for the heads up I was going to begin the series. Damn!

Anonymous said...

In this series, the family dinner table is a classic Greek chorus. It drops the pretense of the story and tells what the plot conflicts are. It is both insightful and entertaining. Worked for the Greeks and works well here as well.

A Mudgeon from Texas

Rodger the Real King of France said...

I'va hunch you wouldn't like it anyway iri ...

Anonymous said...

The wife and Ihave enjoyed this series from the beginning. Like all series', it has better and worse episodes, but is overall very well done. I've read that this is the world's most popular American drama.
Jim in Texas

poletax said...

The wife and I have to take anti-clotting drugs after binge watching Blue Bloods.
I enjoy watching the adults of the tribe ingest way more alcohol than me.
I guess I'm not a SOT after all.

Cheesy said...

Considering the sitcom wasteland and historically revisionist TV has come to be, it's a well-done show.

Wabano said...

In real life, the hateful, radical brother of the Muslim kid would have killed her eventually...that's what the prophet ordered...and the Daesh apply.

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