TV Show Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season Four Episode One

Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns for a fourth season and it is just as good as I remember it. We pick up where we left off last season; Jake and Captain Holt have been sent into witness protection since a mob boss wants to kill them. Here, they do their best to fit into their new lives and identities. Obviously they fail magnificently and hilarity ensues.

What I love about this show is that while there is a season long plot in play, each show is pretty much a stand alone episode in terms of jokes and sketches. For example, in this episode we get to watch Captain Holt — a former leader and type A personality — try to fit into an arcade run by teenagers. Obviously they’ll solve the crime and catch the bad guy by the end of the season, but until then we get to watch these characters try to fit into every oddball scenario we can think of until we get there.

The success of Andy Samberg’s specific brand of comedy has been one of the most surprising aspects of this show. I’ve seen other things Samberg has worked on and I didn’t hate them, nor did I love them. This show however, I can say that I do love. There’s just a charm and restraint to the comedy that I haven’t seen Samberg do in other things. He usually goes full on toilet humor.

It also helps that Samberg periodically gets his old Saturday Night Live cast members to guest star on the show and introduce a new tone to the humor. Maya Rudolph guest stars in this episode as the U.S. Marshal in charge of their new identities. I look forward to seeing her a few more times throughout the season.

Score: 7/10 Looking forward to the rest of the season.

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