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Brooklyn Nine Nine:"The Oolong Slayer"/S3E4

Posted on October 18, 2015 at 6:40 PM

By Dhruv Rao


Television is a very interesting medium as it often opens up the possibility of commercialization, i.e. merchandise. As a show moves forward and hits a certain season, it begins to gain a certain following. This following may or may not be interested in official merchandise, but the fans of a show can often quote lines from various episodes, remember plotlines vaguely, and even allude to the show sporadically. The first two are the results of the writers' out-of-the-box thinking and detail-orientedness while the latter comes from how much exposure the show gets. There are often many shows with impeccable writing and contemporary jokes that miss out on being astronomical simply because they aren't aired on one of the Big Four networks. For instance, had Friends not been broadcast on NBC back in '94, a lot of things would have changed simply because the show wouldn't have been able to reach the audience it currently still has. Even Full House, which aired on ABC back in the day, eventually got cancelled simply because the actors didn't wish to down-step the channel on which it was being aired. While it left many fans upset that the show never received a proper conclusion and well-written conclusion, it was a smart choice due to the lack of national coverage offered by the CW in the 90s.


Brooklyn Nine-Nine is currently on Fox, the same network which has brought us the hilarious Simpsons for almost 30 years now. When considering the success of Nine-Nine's neighbour on Sundays, the show may seem overshadowed by the three-decade-long household names. Furthermore, the two shows, regardless of their format, are placed in the same genre of television: sitcoms. Nine-Nine, while being a great show with impeccable timing and great characters, hasn't been able to make its breakthrough yet. There hasn't been that one episode where we finally can see the show has finally been transformed into a large show like Cheers or How I Met Your Mother. So, al the episodes which Andy Samberg and his team have worked so hard on, seem to be a premature phase of the show, i.e. a phase during which the show perserveres endlessly to gain a following like larger shows. (I recall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31QZg2c6v4Q" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ellen Pompeo mentioning how initially many scenes were strategically placed in order to reel the Grey's Anatomy fans in.)  


Needless to say that Nine-Nine is doing a great job, and this episode, once the show hits it big, will be one which its audience will fondly look back on a little ways down the road, especially considering how it breaks the temporary displacement like when Monica and Rachel re-acquired their apartment in Friends. The episodes which start and end a major change are always memorable, and this week's Nine-Nine is no exception. The pairing of Peralta and Hoult and Gina's constant interruptions make for a hilarious and nostalgic A-plot which culminated in a moment which portrayed that while Peralta is an immature and insensitive boor on the outside, he is actually a genuinely good person. Moments like these are why I love sitcoms so much: they give the characters a good amount of depth for an acceptable amount of time. The rest of the episode, as is with any Nine-Nine episode, had some hilarious moments, but those were interspliced with a few emotional scenes like when Santiago and Diaz were watching the Vulture play in his band. I actually remember those moments more than I remember the funniest jokes cracked throughout the half-hour of television. Moments that rise above the comedy and make us think differently are exactly why I'll never give up on sitcoms, even though a large chunk of them aren't really doing anything great with their plotlines right now...


Grade: A

Stray Observations:

- "What do you say we make like Boyle's mom and you debrief me?"

- "Terry loves responsible agricultural practices!"

- "I will skraight-up skedaddle with no further a-do-do."

- "Now I'm feeling objectified by your male gaze!"

- "You only get one shot at your brother's widow."

- Breakthrough selfie! (PS: It was great to see how tolerant Hoult was to Peralta's ideas this week.)




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