Blue Bloods – Season 1
The Reagan family has blue blood running through their veigns, and then we’re not so much talking about aristocracy as we are about the blue from police uniforms. Frank (Selleck) is the current Chief of Police of New York, a function that previously was his dads until he lost it because he had some very clear opinions he couldn’t keep for himself. Danny (Wahlberg), the oldest son, is a detective driven to close his cases no matter how, even if this means he sometimes needs to bend the rules a bit. Erin is Franks only daughter and she’s a bit the outsider in the family as she’s not a cop but rather assistant DA, a job she loves to do even though it often results in discussion with Danny about his habbit to not follow the roles too closely. The youngest in the family is Jamie who graduated from Harvard but still chose to honor the family tradition and now starts off as a rookie beat cop. During 22 episodes we get to see how this family serves the city of New York and solves cases while also having to deal with problems in their private life.
Blue Bloods is set up as a typical cop show in the style of old faithfuls like NYPD Blue and even Hill Street Blues. Each episode we get some case put in front of us whereby just about all members of the family get more or less involved in, and at the end they all gather for a nice family diner where get the moral of the story. To bring some more depth to the series all kinds of private situations are brought forth (Erin’s divorce, the issues Jamies girlfriend has with him joining the police, Frank having a relationship with a reporter, …) and there’s also an arc regarding a secret elite unit inside the department (the “Blue Templars”) who have gone rogue and possibly have something to do with the death of Jamie’s other brother.
It all sounds a bit “standard” and it is. There are a lot of quality TV shows these days and you can ask the question what Blue Bloods brings to the table that makes the series stand out. Honestly: not a lot and that’s a bit surprising when knowing the writers behind The Sopranos have worked on this series. The acting is decent but a whole family that’s present in just about all ranks of the police department and give us different views in each case isn’t something to write home about. The individual cases themselves aren’t all too original either and they could have come from just about any cop show. Does that mean Blue Bloods is bad? No, but there’s just better shows and the arc regarding the Blue Templars isn’t interesting enough to make you long for the next episode. That each time an episode ends you have to go back to the main menu for the next isn’t helping either.
All in all we can say that Blue Bloods is a decent cop show that ticks all the right boxes and is perfect to watch when an episode passes along on TV. However, it isn’t something you would stay home for and as such you can also wonder whether you would want to own this complete season on DVD.
The image and sound are no doubt decent but also not spectacular. The colors are vivid, the black levels deep and the level of detail good, but the series doesn’t really shine in the image department either. The same can be said about the sound that brings forth clear dialogues but doesn’t really use the surround channels a lot. It’s all good but nothing spectacular, just like the series itself.
Qua extras we get some deleted scenes on each disc, and some features on the last. “Keeping it in the Family” lasts 12 minutes and goes in-depth on the family dynamic, “Code Blue” is an 8 minutes extra on the Blue Templars arc, “Creating the Characters” is a reasonably long (24 minutes) feature that gives background info on the characters, “Keeping it Real” lasts 9 minutes and gives some info on the technical advisor and trying to make things look as real as possible, “Analyzing the Scene” is five minutes on the family diners, and “Empire State of Mind” (5 minutes) handles the locations. Last up there are a gag reel and some launch promos.