Plot: Rebooting the hit movie franchise of the same name, “Lethal Weapon” follows Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh as they combat crime in Los Angeles. Following the death of his wife and their unborn child, ex-Navy SEAL Riggs moves to California in search of a new start at the LAPD, where he is paired up with Murtaugh, who recently suffered a near-fatal heart attack. The newcomer’s tendency to look before he leaps clashes with Murtaugh’s more considered technique, but when they look past the surface friction, they see the partnership might give them what they need.
Review: When the inevitable reboot of Lethal Weapon was announced I don’t think any of us were surprised but few people were actually pleased. I mean the original Lethal Weapon is still a classic and holds up well with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover perfectly cast in their iconic roles so it really did beg the question, why bother?
I initially had no interest in watching this show whatsoever but had nothing else to do last night so I figured I would go in with an open mind and give it a shot.
If this makes it to a full season I will be incredibly surprised because even if it wasn’t based on Lethal Weapon it was still not very good. My biggest problem was actually Damon Wayans who I am a fan of normally (The Last Boy Scout was awesome) but he felt miscast as Murtaugh; he is meant to be the straight guy next to Riggs’ crazy guy but he failed to convince as a world weary cop and cracked a few too many jokes.
At first I wasn’t sure about Clayne Crawford as Riggs but there were a few moments where I thought he came across as a good actor and he brought some heart to proceedings. He was quite different from Gibson’s wide eyed version of the character but he also didn’t really come off as someone who is suicidal.
In the original film one of the best scenes is Riggs sitting in his trailer holding his gun contemplating suicide; there is an alternate version in this which lacks any of the emotional impact. Because this is a TV series there is no real violence and it’s all a bit bland and safe. They’ve turned it into a police procedural and despite a few entertaining set-pieces I don’t think it will stand out in an oversaturated genre.
In its favour though, Lethal Weapon at least doesn’t tell the same story as the movie and does its own thing so once you get over the initial shock that they have new actors playing these iconic characters you may enjoy it for the lighthearted and forgettable fluff that it is.