Five Questions: Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Pilot”

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On Tuesday night, FOX debuted their latest comedy sitcom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which pulled in a respectable six million viewers. The series about the BK 5-0 stars Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, a cop with an impeccable arrest record, but a maturity level suitable for a teenager. I’ve heard plenty of buzz over the months, and was more than happy with the premiere. Here are five questions about the Pilot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine:

I’m not the only one who loves the film Donnie Brasco?

In the very first scene of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Jake Peralta recites a line from the classic 1997 film starring Johnny Depp/Al Pacino. Yes. The series hadn’t even been on for sixty seconds, and already found a way to reel me in. Don’t get me wrong, Donnie Brasco is certainly well-respected, but you never hear anyone say, “Hey, lets watch Donnie Brasco before we go out.” Everyone wants to play Grand Theft Auto these days, but can’t spare two hours for Donnie B. Let’s change this now. When was the last time you saw Donnie Brasco? Do yourself a favor and queue that baby up on Netflix. It’s a poor man’s Goodfellas.

Whoa, who is Melissa Fumero aka Detective Amy Santiago?

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She may be the best part of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, that’s who she is. Fumero has the classic “it” factor, which is a mixture of beauty and likeability (she’s pretty funny too). Your Mom may know Melissa Fumero as Adriana from the soap series One Life To Live, and Missy also appeared on Gossip Girl. Detective Amy Santiago is an instant Manolith hottie.

Can Joe Lo Truglio play anybody other than the creepy, awkward guy?

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I kid, JLT! Joe Lo Truglio is an no fax payday loans excellent character actor, and from all accounts is one cool dude based on his appearance at a friend’s film festival. Lo Truglio is actually not creepy at all in Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Charles Boyle, not yet at least, but more of a nervous, awkward type which I can relate to. Chuck B tries to score a date with a co-worker who asks him to pick a better movie than Citizen Kane. Ouch. You may remember Lo Truglio from films such as Superbad, Pineapple Express, Role Models and as a cast member of the MTV series The State. Joey Lo is a part of an excellent supporting cast in Brooklyn Nine-Nine that also features Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti and…

…Stephanie Beatriz?

Damn, Brooklyn Nine-Nine keeps getting better. Tommy likey. Tommy likey Stephanie. That’s a Tommy Boy reference, by the way. Stephanie Beatriz plays one tough cookie named Rose Diaz. She is the object of Chuck Boyle’s affection, but also one of the stars of Short Term 12, which is receiving excellent reviews. Brooklyn Nine-Nine should sky-rocket Beatriz to the next level and I’m looking forward to the ride.

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Can Andy Samberg pull it off?

The former Saturday Night Live star brings a unique style of comedy to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but will people tune in all season? I foresee a dip in numbers by episode five or six, but ultimately Samberg will retain his key demographic and hold solid ratings much like Jimmy Fallon on Late Night. Samberg’s humor isn’t for everybody, but there is an audience.

One thing is for certain, we will always have the forest dance from Hot Rod. Watch it HERE.

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2 Responses to Five Questions: Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Pilot”

  1. My wife and I liked the pilot, but it seemed kind of desperate to cram as many jokes in 22 minutes as humanly possible. Hopefully they will calm down a bit and grow into it. We’ll keep watching for now.

    Our favorite line: “…and this is Detective ‘Bad Detective’”

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