Reboots and Re-Imaginings are the new bread and butter of the Studios and Networks. Grab up the rights to an old favorite, chain a couple of writers into a room and don’t feed them until they come out with a new look for an old show that trades heavily on the old shows reputation. More often than not, those writers make changes, some small, some big, change a gender here, slip a new character there, update to make sense in a world with cell phones, the usual stuff. Most of the time, if the production can capture the true feeling of the original without morphing it into something unrecognizable, the reboot/re-imagining can make a few bucks. If the studio or network doesn’t hit the mark, the failures are spectacular. That leads us to the Lethal Weapon television series on FOX which, after watching this new trailer, doesn’t try to blaze new territory or change everything, but sticks to what made the original so much fun in the early stages of the franchise.
The original movie franchise that starred Danny Glover and the then non-crazy Mel Gibson playing a crazy guy was a lot of fun. It’s been 18 years since Lethal Weapon 4, perhaps enough time has gone by and the franchise is ready to return. Take a look at this new trailer and then let’s discuss it a bit.
Well, what did you think? Here’s the series synopsis:
Grief-stricken after the loss of his young wife and unborn child, ex-Navy SEAL-turned-detective MARTIN RIGGS (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) moves to California to “start over” at the LAPD. He’s paired up with ROGER MURTAUGH (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), who’s just coming back to the job after a near-fatal heart attack. Riggs’ penchant for diving headfirst into the line of fire immediately clashes with Murtaugh’s prudent, by-the-book technique. It’s clear from the moment they meet, this partnership could be lethal. But during their first case together, Riggs drags Murtaugh on a high-speed chase culminating inside the Long Beach Grand Prix and into a seaport shootout with drug dealers – and despite his protests, the older cop feels more alive than he has in years. Meanwhile, Riggs gets a glimpse of why Murtaugh is so determined to get home safely at the end of each day – he’s got a family and a newborn baby of his own. By the time their investigation ends, Riggs realizes he may have found something worth living for – a partner and friend like Murtaugh. And even Murtaugh figures this arrangement might just work out after all. If only Riggs doesn’t get them killed first…
Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford do seem to have a good chemistry together on-screen. Without that chemistry, the series is doomed to a single season. It’s interesting that the production seems to stick very close to the original, at least with what we’ve seen in this trailer. Will fans return because of that, and will the series be able to attract new fans?