Review of Training Day

60 minutes

A crime thriller that begins 15 years after the events of the feature film left, about an idealistic young police officer (Justin Cornwell) who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Bill Paxton).
by UnknownfearContributor
Feb 3, 2017 3:21AM EST

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This review is based on the Pilot of "Training Day" which aired 10:00 on CBS, 2/2/17.

Training day takes place 16 years after the movie by the same title starring Denzel Washington who played the protaganist's father. The theme of the series is about a kind-hearted rookie cop being tasked to go undercover as the trainee of a veteran officer (Bill Paxton) who has long since abandoned any adherence to the law. Each officer feels they are training the other -- the rookie in the cruel realities of the world and how to make necessary compromises, and the veteran in how not to lose himself and to stay true to being a good guy.

I wasn't sure about this show. When I heard "rogue cop" in the ads, I was immediatly concerned that we wouldnt be able to like Paxton's character and he'd be so corrupt and awful like in that horrrible show Gangland. I was extremely pleasently surprised when Paxton's character turned out to be more like Martin Riggs from Lethal Weapon. Reckless, dangerous, but carefree and kickass.

The pilot had character development, action, shootouts, humor, and more action. Perhaps the best aspect of the episode was the fantastic writing. Moments were memorable and original and if the writing stays this good, then I think both Lethal Weapon and Training Day will be the Miami Vices of the 2010s. This is an optimistic prediction. Its just as likely that this pilot was a fluke, and the rest of the show will start to unravel and lose power. But I hope it doesnt. Lethal Weapon hasn't had a bad episode yet and is shaping up to be one of the best written shows I've ever seen. Let's see if Training Day can hold a candle.

4 Stars.


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