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Inspired by true events, APB is about the Chicago Police Department spiraling out of control amid sky-high crime, officer-involved shootings, cover-ups and corruption. After witnessing a violent crime first-hand, genius tech billionaire GIDEON REEVES (Justin Kirk), decides to do something about it, putting up millions of dollars of his own money to take over the troubled 13th Precinct and reboot it as a private police force: better, faster and smarter than anything seen before.
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Jul 22, 2017 3:20PM EDT
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Good premise, terrible execution. Why? Three major writing staple are all but ignored:
1) Stakes: What happens if this experiment fails? Considering the 13th precinct by itself only comprises about 4.5% of Chicago's law enforcement cache (per the show)... not much. Why does this matter? If the show doesn't give its characters anything to emotionally invest in, why would we (the audience) keep watching? Even the weak pull of finding Reeves' BFFs killer is solved in episode one. Why wasn't it a serial killer? Or the Mob? ANYTHING that posed a bigger, more significant and longer lasting threat?
2) Character Motivation: Why does Reeves even want this? Because he sees a problem he thinks he can help solve. Ok, that's good. Why are the cops and Mayor opposed to this? Because... reasons. This defies logic. If Reeves is offering the funding and tech to improve law enforcement, there is NO ONE who would oppose it. So all of the dissension here feels artificial for no reason since they COULD HAVE given the characters proper motivations for their feelings. Reeves could have walked in disrespecting them, calling them stupid, saying they're the reason crime happens and fired everyone who didn't "shape up" fast enough, replacing them with hired merceneries. And then over the course of the season, Murphy and Conrad could have helped Reeves see that they all needed to work together, merging old school and new school tactics to get the job done.
3) Conflict: This is when two characters either want different things, or when they want the same thing, but have different approaches to a solution. As far as I can tell, everyone wants the same thing here, but everyone opposes Reeves anyway. Just because. Reeves' conflict with the Mayor would make more sense if, say, another billionaire was backing the Mayor and planning to propose something similar but Reeves beat him to it. Reeves' conflict with the cops would make sense if they (the cops) felt things were working fine as is--but they didn't. So these people are fighting this endeavor for no reason, making this one of the most frustrating show viewings I've had in a long time. And, again, for NO REASON, considering I just spitballed several amateur solutions for all of those problems, so you'd think the people who are paid to do it could too. Right?
Here's hoping they do within the next couple of episodes cuz I'd hate to see such a good and timely premise wasted by professional laziness.

Good premise, terrible execution. Why? Three major writing staple are all but ignored:
1) Stakes: What happens if this experiment fails? Considering the 13th precinct by itself only comprises about 4.5% of Chicago's law enforcement cache (per the show)... not much. Why does this matter? If the show doesn't give its characters anything to emotionally invest in, why would we (the audience) keep watching? Even the weak pull of finding Reeves' BFFs killer is solved in episode one. Why wasn't it a serial killer? Or the Mob? ANYTHING that posed a bigger, more significant and longer lasting threat?
2) Character Motivation: Why does Reeves even want this? Because he sees a problem he thinks he can help solve. Ok, that's good. Why are the cops and Mayor opposed to this? Because... reasons. This defies logic. If Reeves is offering the funding and tech to improve law enforcement, there is NO ONE who would oppose it. So all of the dissension here feels artificial for no reason since they COULD HAVE given the characters proper motivations for their feelings. Reeves could have walked in disrespecting them, calling them stupid, saying they're the reason crime happens and fired everyone who didn't "shape up" fast enough, replacing them with hired merceneries. And then over the course of the season, Murphy and Conrad could have helped Reeves see that they all needed to work together, merging old school and new school tactics to get the job done.
3) Conflict: This is when two characters either want different things, or when they want the same thing, but have different approaches to a solution. As far as I can tell, everyone wants the same thing here, but everyone opposes Reeves anyway. Just because. Reeves' conflict with the Mayor would make more sense if, say, another billionaire was backing the Mayor and planning to propose something similar but Reeves beat him to it. Reeves' conflict with the cops would make sense if they (the cops) felt things were working fine as is--but they didn't. So these people are fighting this endeavor for no reason, making this one of the most frustrating show viewings I've had in a long time. And, again, for NO REASON, considering I just spitballed several amateur solutions for all of those problems, so you'd think the people who are paid to do it could too. Right?
Here's hoping they do within the next couple of episodes cuz I'd hate to see such a good and timely premise wasted by professional laziness.

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Oct 7, 2017 2:07AM EDT
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Another that got cancelled too soon and got left on a cliff hanger...
Will they ever change and stop cancelling shows I like?
Novel idea about police and great new tools and gadgets.
I am sure there were many more stories to tell.

Another that got cancelled too soon and got left on a cliff hanger...
Will they ever change and stop cancelling shows I like?
Novel idea about police and great new tools and gadgets.
I am sure there were many more stories to tell.

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Apr 24, 2017 11:45PM EDT
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This review is based on the very first episode, so it might change again, over time.
But so far, this show seems to be off to a good start. Interesting story line with a lot of potential to expand and good characters that have lots of room to be "fleshed out" over time.
This should be the beginning of a great show. I really hope they don't screw this up because I see a lot of potential in this.

After watching the full first episode I have to say, I am disappointed. The show did have potential and it was off to a good start with the first few episodes but took a dive after that. It got a bit boring and stale. It did pick up with the last two episodes but I am not sure if this is going to be enough to keep the show going.
I can honestly say I will keep watching if it gets another season but I won't be crying over it if it gets cancelled after just this one season.

This review is based on the very first episode, so it might change again, over time.
But so far, this show seems to be off to a good start. Interesting story line with a lot of potential to expand and good characters that have lots of room to be "fleshed out" over time.
This should be the beginning of a great show. I really hope they don't screw this up because I see a lot of potential in this.

After watching the full first episode I have to say, I am disappointed. The show did have potential and it was off to a good start with the first few episodes but took a dive after that. It got a bit boring and stale. It did pick up with the last two episodes but I am not sure if this is going to be enough to keep the show going.
I can honestly say I will keep watching if it gets another season but I won't be crying over it if it gets cancelled after just this one season.

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Apr 21, 2017 5:09PM EDT
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I am stuck at S1E9 with 3 episodes behind and have not been hooked to the show yet (not even slightly attracted).
Not strong enough background story (next to none) to expect any purpose or goal in the future. Therefore no desire or motivation to catch up & follow the show.
Just a regular cop/detective show on the action side with gadgets. Not strong enough acting for me.
This show falls in the 'TV show list', under the category called 'continues effort in having an uncluttered life'.

I am stuck at S1E9 with 3 episodes behind and have not been hooked to the show yet (not even slightly attracted).
Not strong enough background story (next to none) to expect any purpose or goal in the future. Therefore no desire or motivation to catch up & follow the show.
Just a regular cop/detective show on the action side with gadgets. Not strong enough acting for me.
This show falls in the 'TV show list', under the category called 'continues effort in having an uncluttered life'.

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Apr 11, 2017 6:05PM EDT
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Oh look another tech genius billionaire who wants to save the world. Maybe this show will survive longer than other similar shows. Good acting, entertaining plots.

Oh look another tech genius billionaire who wants to save the world. Maybe this show will survive longer than other similar shows. Good acting, entertaining plots.

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Mar 30, 2017 2:07AM EDT
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It has a good premise. But terrible acting, terribly lazy writing overshadows everything else. The formula for every episode seems to be the same: There is a criminal, Gideon starts off cocky, gets snubbed by Martinez but redeems himself at the end of the episode; Handley and Perry are on a case of their own that's not as simple as it looks. Either Handley is skeptic or Perry is and their hunch is proven right, bad guy gets caught. There are no depths to characters. Even if a character seems to have a story, it immediately gets cut off and forgotten.

I am a HUGE fan of cop/crime shows and I was hoping this would be my Bones replacement. Which is why I did watch all 8 episodes patiently waiting. Now I'm sincerely hoping this gets the axe.

It has a good premise. But terrible acting, terribly lazy writing overshadows everything else. The formula for every episode seems to be the same: There is a criminal, Gideon starts off cocky, gets snubbed by Martinez but redeems himself at the end of the episode; Handley and Perry are on a case of their own that's not as simple as it looks. Either Handley is skeptic or Perry is and their hunch is proven right, bad guy gets caught. There are no depths to characters. Even if a character seems to have a story, it immediately gets cut off and forgotten.

I am a HUGE fan of cop/crime shows and I was hoping this would be my Bones replacement. Which is why I did watch all 8 episodes patiently waiting. Now I'm sincerely hoping this gets the axe.

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Mar 3, 2017 2:46AM EST
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Good premise, terrible execution. Too much tech, terrible writing, terrible acting, and there is something missing.

Good premise, terrible execution. Too much tech, terrible writing, terrible acting, and there is something missing.

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Nov 19, 2018 10:21AM EST
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First few shows interesting, then absolutely ridiciulous. Too far from reality.

First few shows interesting, then absolutely ridiciulous. Too far from reality.

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Sep 11, 2018 1:37PM EDT
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All the cliques of all police dramas over the years put into one show! Being an ardent follower of TV shows, this show was too predictable for me and I couldn't stand to watch more than 4 episodes!

All the cliques of all police dramas over the years put into one show! Being an ardent follower of TV shows, this show was too predictable for me and I couldn't stand to watch more than 4 episodes!

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Jul 9, 2018 11:07PM EDT
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had a good thing going.

had a good thing going.