Popcorn TV? Yes, “Flesh and Blood” reverted The Rookie to the same old concept we irritatingly enjoy.
This recap of The Rookie Season 1, Episode 10, “Flesh and Blood”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
The Rookie Episode 10 went back to the early version of the series with no continuation of a story and a new police situation around every corner, forcing the character to react cheesily in an inhuman way to the scenario. The last two episodes at least gave us something to shout about, but unfortunately, the latest chapter forces us to sign in next week half-heartedly. “Flesh and Blood” was a typical buddy-cop story.
Episode 10 did provide comedy-drama. John Nolan’s (Nathan Fillion) son is in town, and he wants to know his dad better so decides to visit the police station. On the same day, John is teamed up with Sergeant Wade Grey (Richard T. Jones) on the street because Captain Zoe Andersen (Mercedes Mason) decides it will be a fulfilling idea for the seniors of the department to enjoy some real-life cop experience. To add to the awkwardness, Grey’s daughter also visits the station, so the fathers hesitantly get their kit together and limit their authoritarian voices as much as possible until they drive out to the suburbs.
I am not sure what the entire point of “Flesh and Blood” was apart from the entertainment. Witnessing John trying to do the correct police procedures under his boss, which leads to him getting kicked in the balls, was a joy to watch. As predictable as this series gets, the two fathers end up in a life-threatening scenario which involves a gas explosion and civilians to save; guess who has to be the hero of the day and prove himself once more? That’s right, the midlife crisis man John.
“Flesh and Blood” shows Zoe’s dumb idea backfire as the police station is put under siege by a man with a gun – adding to her crap day she has to decisively disarm the criminal, which probably made her regret jumping down from her high office to chill with her minions.
In the end, John and Sergeant Grey produce a stronger bond due to the life-saving moment, the rest of the officers continue being as competitive as ever, and Zoe may need to rethink her ideas in the future. Do you know what annoys me though? The fact that last week I thought The Rookie was going somewhere, and although Episode 10 reverted to popcorn trash TV, I felt irritated by enjoying it. See you next week.
Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.