Feb 23, 2009
NYPD BLUE - the show that broke my heart
Recently the wonderful woman I share my life with and I ran across seasons i and 2 of NYPD BLUE on DVD for $20, a nice cheap price (Target). I haven't seen then since they first aired and I remember digging it a lot. After watching the first two seasons I now remember why I stopped watching. The first 2 are good, the decline really starts towards the end of season two.
I think there is a good reason why they stopped the DVDs after season 4
Reasons why the show lost me:
1 The show started to lose me for a few reasons. At first the cop speak was cool, Kelly and Sipowitz talked that way and it was a cool idea. But soon everyone did it and it got silly.
2 NYPD Blue started to get further and further away from cop stuff. I liked having two leads and secondary characters. I hated Medavoy and thought he was a spineless wimp who whined too much. Martinez started out cool, a rookie detective learning from a mentor. But he too started to get all wimpy.
"Greg, I think she likes me, should I ask her out?"
It was like a bad scene out of high school.
which leads me to my biggest problem
3 All the characters in the squad room dating each other. Come on! These people don't have contact with anyone else? They can only date each other? And why all the romance? Maybe following your two main lead characters is fine, but I don't want to know about the rest of them, it turns the whole thing into a soap opera, and at least Days Of Our Lives never pretended to be a cop show.
4 The interrogations. I understand that the bad guys aren't normally too bright, but there is no way they would all be stupid enough to fall for the tired old "help yourself out here" routine. I've not been in that position but I can tell you that I would be saying one line over and over to these bullies. GET ME A LAWYER. It went beyond unbelievable, it was a joke!
5 Sipowitz quits the booze and they bring in a second alcoholic story line right away, and done very lamely the second time. I understand it was meant to show Andy's growth asa character by having him be the mentor, but come on!
6 Forced nude scenes. Did every one on the show really need to show their ass? Really? Dennis Franz naked. Really?
I could go on but I'm just getting mad. This show really had such potential. But typical of Steven Bochco, he loses interest and the writers on the show flounder. It is hard to believe that someone as talented as David Milch was involved in this after the second season. "Deadwood" was amazing! His earlier work( Hill Street Blues , Murder One ) was great. Hell, this started out great.
And for the record, NYPD Blue has made it so I hate Kim Delaney so much I can't watch in anything!
This is a show that reall started out wonderful and so full of possibilities and then it just sat back and rode it's own glory after season two.
I'd look for the first two seasons though, they are great up till about the last disc of season two.
Buy here :
NYPD Blue: Season 2
NYPD Blue: Season 1
or get these great shows instead!
Hill Street Blues - Season 2
Deadwood: The Complete Series