Lethal Weapon gets a B.
Fox’s new TV adaptation of Lethal Weapon is a decent mix of action and comedy. It’s essentially a crime procedural, but with more stunts. If that doesn’t interest you, you’re unlikely to find this series enjoyable. For the targeted crowd though, it’ll be a nice addition to the genre.
Based on the film franchise of the same name, we follow the misadventures of Briggs, the semi-suicidal cop, and Murtaugh, the old family man.
I was surprised at the level of acting for a network show. Briggs is played well by Clayne Crawford, and Murtaugh is similarly mastered by Damon Wayans. Briggs shows his trauma well, and his actions prove his recklessness.
There’s some nice humor in the pilot too. (Like, the chase scene ending in the runner getting hit by a bus.
The story doesn’t depart much from Richard Donner‘s 1987 movie, but it still manages to hold itself together. Lethal Weapon can use its name recognition to draw in viewers.
I enjoyed the Lethal Weapon pilot more than I thought I would.