Detective Robert Ironside was your normal detective with a lovely gal and a tendency to dangle suspects off of buildings. He and his partner were chasing down a criminal when his partner shoots him with friendly fire, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Pretty dark and twisty stuff, especially for the partner, whom Ironside treats to an ample dose of tough love to wrench said partner from his pit of self-loathing. Well, it at least gets him to a support group. Personally, I think the partner’s struggle is more compelling.
I want to like Ironside, but the constant bitter stream of remarks used very pointedly to get suspects to cooperate and superiors to back off makes me cringe. Am I going to get a whole season of “I see the world differently from down here” and “ .” I mean, from the flashbacks, we see that he was a rough, procedure-out-the-window, devil-may-care cop. Post-accident, he’s the same cop but he gets away with more because he plays the wheelchair card. It’s simple and not very sympathetic.
So far, there is nothing to like. Yes, Ironside’s story is a tragic one, and while I understand that cerebrally, I don’t have an emotional connection. The character has all the elements of a good one but fails to engage me on any kind of deeper level.
I already care more about two side character on his team than I do about him. The girl, Holly, my biggest doubt from the preview, was well-balanced. She didn’t play into the gender roles, a girl proving she’s better than the guys; she was a good cop that did her job well. I got a sense of her character--hardworking, willing to see the world in greys, loyal but questioning--and I liked her character.
Virgil was less developed, although I suspect he’s an adrenaline junkie who butts heads with his wife over his career choice. No doubt, she thinks his boss pushes him to take unnecessary risks. I bet the marriage is in trough before the mid-season break. Virgil has a developing bromance with Teddy, my personal favorite.
Teddy is teeming with contradiction, but he is well written and honestly a breath of fresh air in a mostly predictable show. He is a former investment banker, a trust fund kid, who walked away from a lucrative career with a huge chip on his shoulder to become a detective. Don’t know why yet, but I want to. He’s also the funniest character, supplying timely quips much more effectively than our lead.
I want Ironside to catch up to his sidekicks. Also, I need a better reason for why he is still employed after pulling crap like shooting a hostage and beating the crap out of a suspect while Virgil shouts his Miranda Rights from outside of the car. Okay, that last one was pretty funny, but no way would Ironside still be employed in the real world. Suspended belief only gets to so far.