Second Last Month!
For this month’s challenge, I decided that I would try and tackle a television police show. I’m not the biggest fan of police procedurals or any type of crime show, so I had to try and find something that I would like but also still challenge my comfort zone. So immediately dismissing Brooklyn 99 as an option (because I love that show) I tried to find something that was both gritty and funny.
Battle Creek (2015)
Battle Creek is an American television show about, ‘two detectives with different views on the world [as they] team up and using cynicism, guile and deception, they clean up the streets of Battle Creek.’
It is an indicator about how slowly Australia receives content, that this 2015 show has only just reached our shores. At the library I work at, this is a new release Dvd and popular item.
While the show is a comedy, it is also a very genre based crime show. The episodes all follow formulaic structures where a crime happens and then the Cop and FBI agent team up to solve the crime. The repetition is where you lose me. It’s not so much the crimes that make me uncomfortable, but more so the feeling that the crimes and solving them are interchangeable. They’re dull and I feel like I’m watching the same episode over and over is what I’m saying.
I should point out that this isn’t a reflection of Battle Creek, more so my feelings on the genre as a whole.
Battle Creek did manage to hold my attention. I am a fan of Dean Winters previous work on 30 Rock and Brooklyn 99 so it was really nice seeing him as a main character. I’m not going to lie to you, Josh Duhamel in a suit also helped me get through all the episodes.
I managed to watch all of the show and enjoyed it. I thought it was quite a shame that Battle Creek only got one season, especially with a supporting cast that featured Kal Penn! How and why would you cancel Battle Creek?!
I believe that if I hadn’t chosen Battle Creek, I would not have been able to finish this challenge. The black humour of the show was really what pulled me through and had me watching episode after episode. If I had selected a simple, cut and dry crime show I highly doubt I would have been able to get through a whole season.
While Battle Creek hasn’t changed my mind about the crime television genre, it has opened my eyes a little bit more to being not so harsh on the genre. I will be sure to keep my eyes open for gritty-comedy-crime shows, rather than sticking to the purely humourous ones.