The setup is familiar: LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) returns to work after a near-fatal heart attack, to find himself paired with newly-transferred SEAL-turned-Texas cop Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford). Riggs’s wife and unborn child died in a car accident, and in consequence Riggs is reckless; he doesn’t care whether he lives or dies, which means that he handles delicate situations, such as hostage negotiations, with an unruly but effective panache.
I wasn’t in the best of moods when I sat down to watch Lethal Weapon, and I was expecting it to get on my last nerve. Instead, though, I was surprised – occasionally verging on amazed – by how much I enjoyed it, and how good it was. Two important qualifications here: firstly, the Case of the Week was perfunctory at best, although in the show’s defence it’s the first episode and a certain amount of time had to be given over to backstory exposition. And, secondly, by “good” I don’t mean good good, in the Mad Men/West Wing/Good Wife sense; this isn’t going to win any critics’ awards. But Wayans and Crawford are attractive and charismatic leads; the always-welcome Kevin Rahm is in there as well, as their boss; the bodycount was reassuringly high; and I was charmed, amused, entertained, and unexpectedly moved. I don’t imagine Unpopcult will feel the need to review this show on a weekly basis, but I expect to keep watching.