“Rookie Blue” is a crime melodrama in its fourth season. The show has typical elements of the genre, especially with the aesthetics, narrative and pacing. Despite the use of traditional aspects, “Rookie Blue” is still intriguing and enjoyable to watch. Some elements of the show represent issues that either reflect society as a whole and the workplace. It’s tempting to watch the entire series after watching the first few episodes of this new one.
Perseverance and playfulness
The fourth season of “Rookie Blue” opens with a flashback of where the third season left off, and focuses on a six month meth investigation. Officers Andy McNally (Missy Peregym) and Nick Collins (Peter Mooney) are undercover in the case. The two become directly involved in the case as the suspects hold them hostage. Having two of the principle characters in danger, when they are usually the ones serving justice, is a unique way to introduce “Rookie Blue” to new and old fans alike.
The narrative has serialized relationships and episodic cases, with the exception of the investigation. Each episode deals with at least two or three subplots surrounding crimes. The characters all differ in personal lives and attitudes, from young father Chris Diaz (Travis Milne) to cynical Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan). They all have to drop any personal aspect of their life once a crime has to be solved, but those elements do crossover for some characters. After Dov Epstien (Gregory Smith) and new officer Chloe Price (Priscilla Faila) have a brief affair, they meet again as work colleagues. Chris gets a tattoo in honour of his son, Christian, by the same artist he interviewed while looking for evidence to solve a case.
Cutting it close
“Rookie Blue” paces the show by cutting the last scene before commercial right at the cliff-hanger. Yes, that is a convention of the melodrama genre, but it makes the show suspenseful and gripping. The pacing is also one of the best aspects of the show because it builds up anticipation for how the case will be solved. Usually, the characters will succeed and the crime is forgotten after the episode it is focused on. However, it is not the case for Marlo Cruz (Rachael Ancheril). She feels guilty after shooting and killing an emotionally disturbed person (EDP) to save Andy in the episode after the situation occurred-potentially for the rest of the season.
In one particular case, Andy and Gail find a transgendered teenage male in the trunk of a car during a highway check. Near the end of the episode, Andy visits the teenager, Alex, in the hospital following his suicide attempt. She tells him to keep on going because he knows who he is at 15, when most people don’t figure it out until much later in their life. The plotline speaks out to today’s youth, let alone any person who are like Alex. Since there are shows featuring gay actors and/or characters, representing the struggles faced, “Rookie Blue” is great because it spoke about gender identity in one an episode.
Turn Up the Volume
The soundtrack of “Rookie Blue” is features a variety of artists, with three songs by Serena Ryder in the fourth episode. Regardless, there is diversity in the rhythms of the songs themselves, and they all fit the mood of the situations they are played in. The score is well rounded and enjoyable to listen to. The shaky camera documentary style is used for the cinematography. Again, nothing new, but it works for the show. Honestly, it would be bizarre to do a cop show in any other style. An observational style also presents the action and drama on “Rookie Blue” close up, as if you were a witness of the crime.
“Rookie Blue” is an easy to follow and suspenseful show. The traditional elements of a cop show are used effectively. There aren’t too many, if any, other ways to present a show like it. All of the conventions of the crime melodrama work for “Rookie Blue” and help the show succeed. Just even one episode of the series will make you crave the rest of the show. If four episodes are not enough for you, it’s best to start from the beginning.