Lethal Weapon (Pilot)

Starring: Clayne Crawford, Damon Wayans, Jordana Brewster, Kevin Rahm, Keesha Sharp

Last season we had the dismal Rush Hour that didn’t understand that the whole gimmick was Chris Tucker/Jackie Chan, and now we have Lethal Weapon. Half of the success of that franchise was the relationship between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. So, will the magic work between Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford? Well…

If you’ve never seen any of the Lethal Weapon movies, the TV show is enough. If you have nothing to compare it to, I think Lethal Weapon is an OK TV series. However, if you are a fan of the movies, I can’t see you enjoying the show. Clayne Crawford is trying to do his own thing and not copy Mel Gibson, but he’s just not unhinged enough. Part of the charm of the original was that Gibson played crazy really well. Wayans might be an improvement, comedy wise, over Glover, except he’s playing a pretty tame version. I think the whole reason to use Wayans is for his comedy.

I think Lethal Weapon needs more comedy to survive. I think it also needs a better supporting cast. Actually do something with Jordana Brewster. She’s in like one scene. Why bother? Part of the success of the franchise ended up being the addition of solid supporting players like Joe Pesci and Chris Rock. I feel like we need a comic relief, since Wayans clearly isn’t up to the task.

I’m not sure I’m coming back for more. Maybe one more episode. I might give it another chance. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just not really good either. It’s also aiming to be a procedural, which just really isn’t my thing. I think they missed the opportunity to really explore who killed Riggs’ wife, instead of having her die in a car accident. That could have been the whole season.

Instead, we have a procedural with two leads who are OK. I think Lethal Weapon might survive the season, but will it be a long term hit? Probably not.

FINAL GRADE: B-

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