Starring: Justin Kirk, Natalie Martinez, Taylor Handley, Caitlin Stasey, Tamberla Perry, Nestor Serrano, and Ernie Hudson
Based on the Article "Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans?" by David Amsden
Created by David Slack, Developed by Matt Nix
Written by David Slack and Matt Nix, Directed by Len Wiseman
I don't work in law enforcement but I get the feeling this show would get a great big eye roll from those that do. The idea that a billionaire with absolutely no experience can attempt to reform an entire system feels both far fetched and scarily close to home. Far fetched in the sense that it's hard to think this is a real possibility or that it could actually work in America's cities. Scarily close because an inexperienced billionaire running things seems very timely with not only our president but this week's confirmation of a new Education Secretary. To some extent, the show does address the "far fetched" elements to the pilot but it doesn't really go out of its way to really explore the struggles this setup might have or at least it didn't in the pilot. Gideon was far more successful than not.
APB ultimately though seems like it's going to be a cop show with drones. It's interesting that a show that's all about revolutionizing a decaying institution is seemingly a typical cop procedural: catch the bad guys using some interesting tactics, focus just a bit on personal lives, have a non-descript team. The police work may involve drones and high tech gadgetry but it's really just another cop drama. I'd love to see the show revolutionize its genre as much as Gideon Reeves revolutionizes the Chicago precinct but I'm skeptical.
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yes, but I don't know if I'll give it another chance beyond that. It's fine but nothing special.