Dark Blue -- An early look
by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 13th 2009 2:03PM
I've been really curious to see what TNT's Dark Blue is all about. It's got a few things going for it right off the bat: producer Jerry Bruckheimer and lead actor Dylan McDermott. I can't say I'm all about the police dramas, but those two guys made me want to check it out.
Plus, it's on TNT, which has been running edgier shows lately, like Saving Grace, The Closer, and Leverage. The network is sort of a cross between HBO and USA, with some FX thrown in.
On my first viewing of the Dark Blue pilot, it came across as just another procedural about a brooding cop (McDermott) whose team walks the line between right and wrong. But I knew in my heart there was more, so I watched it again.
McDermott plays Carter Shaw, a street-wise cop whose undercover work has cost him a marriage and any sort of social life. He's gruff and damaged, but you can tell there's a heart of gold in there somewhere. He runs an undercover team that consists of Ty Curtis (Omari Hardwick), a gifted cop who's happily married but has forged quite a few alliances and romances in the undercover world; Dean Bendis (Logan Marshall-Green), a loose cannon who doesn't mind dropping a few bodies along the way; and Jaimie Allen (Nicki Aycox), a newbie to the team chosen by Carter because of her ability to lie about her scarred past.
Dark Blue features a good blend of characters, action, gunfire and twisty-turny plots, and I can see plenty of opportunities for alliances and enemies, both outside and inside the undercover team. Ty sums it up pretty well as he explains to Jaimie: "You start spending more time as an addict or a thief or even a killer than you do as yourself. Sooner or later, you're gonna forget which parts are the cover and which parts are you. How long can you pretend to be something before you become it?"
After watching the first two episodes of Dark Blue, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next with the team. Will Carter crack a smile? Will Jaimie's past come back to haunt her? Will Dean go so far undercover that he forgets about being a cop and turns to the dark side permanently? And will Ty's connections lead him away from his happy home?
Dark Blue premieres Wednesday, July 15 at 10 PM on TNT.