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The Canadian cop drama is back, only this time without a Blu-ray edition (booooo)....
E1 / 558 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: May 7, 2013
In the world of high-def, it’s one of the biggest smacks in the face (though I suppose it beats being cancelled altogether). A quick Amazon.com search makes it super-easy to buy both Rookie Blue’s first and second seasons in lush Blu-ray editions, but this new Complete Third Season set is only available on DVD. Maybe there wasn’t a domestic market big enough to merit a Blu bump for this junior year compilation – who knows? In any case, for those of us catching up on the show in disc form, this standard-def title becomes a bit of a letdown even before you pop Disc 1 in the player.
And to rub salt in the wound, there’s the show itself. In Rookie Blue, we watch Toronto cops new and not-so-new deal with the challenges of the job with sober, straightforward presentation, and it can be thrilling (especially from the safe confines of our boob-tube-adjacent easy chairs). We get to watch our local cops (in TV land, every police squad is local, no?) do their duty - regardless of danger or potential sacrifice - and there's a little melodrama thrown in for good measure. This is clearly what we as a crime drama-loving demographic demand.
Yet while having the first two seasons under one’s belt makes the dramatic presence of the show feel legitimately ingrained – Officer McNally’s return to the full beat is especially rich – Rookie Blue is running on fumes here. The creative team behind the show is capable enough to maintain a certain inertia in terms of simple episode-by-episode draw, but whatever zip the show might have had in earlier go-rounds is all but dried up by this point. Not even a Shatner cameo can bring life to it.
Maybe it’d play better in high-def….