The big screen hit's transition to television may become a success
TELEVISION -- Even if you're fresh into high school and the people from the 80's seem old to you, you've probably heard the famous phrase "I'm too old for this $#!*."
Danny Glover made the phrase famous during the movie series' run starting in 1987 and now Fox has brought it back full circle to Wednesday night prime-time (minus the swearing).
Of course Lethal Weapon's television counterpart doesn't have Glover or Mel Gibson attached to it in any way.
Instead Damon Wayans takes on the Roger Murtaugh persona, and Clayne Crawford as Martin Riggs.
The show kicks off with Riggs chasing some criminals through the Texas desert when he gets a call from his wife about to have their baby. After taking down the bad guys car with an impressive sniper shot, Riggs rushes off to the hospital only to find his wife and child died in a car crash on their way there.
Fast-forward six months and we see LAPD Detective Murtaugh at home recovering from a heart attack and getting ready to go back to work.
The character introduction was done quite well for this show as you get to see right off the bat where each character's head is at, (Riggs believes he has nothing to live for while Murtaugh can't imagine doing anything to jeopardize his second chance).
This sets up for what will hopefully be a longer-running movie to television series than others like Rush Hour which left viewers hanging when there was so much more to tell.
Like many other buddy-cop shows the series has its predictability, but it brings in the Lethal Weapon flare for action and comedy that really isn't matched in shows that don't involve superheroes or Daniel Tosh.
One flaw with the pilot episode was that Riggs rushing through the desert has a much heavier Texan accent than Riggs in Los Angeles. If you want to make it a little more cohesive they really should have stuck to one or the other, but it's highly doubtful that would be the detail to end the show.
In today's television market people are more interested in reality, narcissism, and zombies than a quality scripted drama that can make you laugh.
Let's hope Fox doesn't go all Firefly on this series, and at least give it a decent chance.