It often seems impossible for successful shows to keep their run going, especially a comedy as explosive as Brooklyn Nine-Nine (which already has two Golden Globes in the bag) that relies so heavily on its ensemble cast. Yet, somehow, it just keeps getting better.
The episode picks up where the last series lest off, with Jake Peralta returning from undercover work in the Mafia. Andy Samberg is as excellent as ever as the goofy yet (slightly unbelievably) successful detective, but it is actually hard to single out which character makes the show so good. Unusually for a sitcom, there just isn’t a bad character. From the deadpan Captain Holt (his childhood diary entry – “I am feeling trepidation at the prospect of a parentless existence” – was pure gold) to the narcissistic yet irrepressible Gina, the characters are all unique, and subvert the clichés expected from what could have been a 70s reboot cop show. It was a shame that Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) had so little screen-time, as her one-liners are often the most memorable moments of an episode.
This episode was, however, markedly more sentimental than others in the past, as Jake and Amy have several ‘feelings’ chats; these occasionally jarred against the rest of the fast-paced comedy, and there is a sense that the show is moving towards being more plot heavy; the days of dipping in and out may be limited. But when it’s this good, would you want to miss any? Overall a welcome return, which sees Brooklyn Nine-Nine firmly reclaim its title as the perfect comfort TV.