Fox’s Lethal Weapon is a surprise hit for television. Many anticipated and reviewed that the show would and is a disappointment, however, it seems to be clocking in some impressive numbers right out of the gate with about 10 million viewers each episode. The show, starring Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, brings to the small screen the action comedy cop duo of Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs. The chemistry of the entire cast is noticeable, with Wayans playing really well with all his co-stars – Crawford, and his on-screen wife and children Keesha Star, Chandler Kinney, and Dante Brown (as Roger Murtaugh Jr.)
Adapted for television by beloved writer Matt Miller, who created Forever, a show that was tragically cut short after one season. Miller manages to layer the show with enough comedy, action and drama to keep you engaged and caring about the characters. With Fox pouring a good dose of money into the production, and getting movie director McG to helm the first couple episodes the show offers a fast paced popcorn blockbuster cop show all from the comforts of your couch. It’s familiar, but different – like Star Wars the Force Awakens. That is a good thing, we think (watch this season of South Park to understand why that is a problem).
Will this show be able to keep up throughout the first season, or will it share the same fate as Miller’s previous show Forever. One thing is for certain, with the recognizable star power of Damon Wayans, and the incredible and emotional acting from Clayne Crawford, as well as including Fast and Furious’ Jordana Brewster, this show has a lot going for it. If Lethal Weapon’s three movies are any indication, this television show is in for a long run. With such a fan favorite movie as its source material it could be impossible to get too old for this sh#T. Just so long as Clayne doesn’t go all Gibson on us and say something he might regret. Then we can say we are getting too old for this sh#t. But until then, we say buckle up.
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Script vs. Screen Grading:
Jason: Script B+ / Screen A-
Alex: Script B / Screen A
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