September 28, 2015 at 10:23 am #362942
Looks like this wasn’t made yet. Great opening episode and Bill Hader can truly win an Emmy for this performance if they ever give guest actors the time of day on this show. Kyra was awesome too!September 28, 2015 at 12:14 pm #362944
Not sure how I feel about season premiere. Really liked Hader, but I feel he shouldn’t have died and been the captain for a few episodes more. Felt his comedic potential hadn’t been reached.
May the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows.September 28, 2015 at 2:59 pm #362945
Here is the article that I submitted on Friday hyping up Bill Hader’s Emmy chances:
Tune into Brooklyn Nine-Nine this Sunday to see Gold Derby Emmy Contender
of the Week Bill Hader. The third season
premiere of the cop sitcom features a wild one-off guest spot by him as the episode’s
eponymous New Captain and it could be Hader’s next Emmy-nominated performance. He replaces Andre Braugher’s Capt. Ray Holt,
who was reassigned in the second season finale from the 99th
precinct of the New York Police Department to a public relations post under Dep.
Ch. Madeline Wuntch, a recurring role that is reprised this week by Kyra
Brooklyn Nine-Nine has infamously been recognized only for Supporting
Actor Andre Braugher and Stunt Coordination at the Emmys after winning Best Comedy Series and Actor for Andy Samberg at its first
Golden Globes. But Hader might be enough of an academy favorite
to overcome the apathy. Between
performing on Saturday Night Live and producing South Park, he has seven
nominations to date, including a 2009 win for Best Animated Program. Hader was nominated for hosting SNL this year
in Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy, losing to Bradley Whitford of Transparent, who will
be eligible again on that show this season.
Might Hader come out on top this time for a fresh turn in the same
category? He is more widely recognized after his leading role in Amy Schumer’s
blockbuster comedy Trainwreck and this Brooklyn Nine-Nine role returns him to
his roots, as he acts opposite former fellow SNL cast member Andy Samberg.
As the pompous Capt. Seth Dozerman, Hader nears five minutes across the
episode’s twenty-two. Director Michael Schur stages
his four scenes simply; Hader may have been on set for only a day. Perhaps that was all that he could spare and writer
Matt Murray makes the most of him. Unlike
the regular staffers that sit at their desks in the background of scenes (and provide
Easter egg visual gags—keep an eye on Joel McKinnon Miller), Dozerman dominates
the screen when he appears.
He opens the episode with a speech about his management style—his motto
is “efficiency, efficiency, efficiency”—and he delivers similarly explosive
speeches later, complete with his self-described amazing sense of humor. There is even pathos as Dozerman shares personal
details in his unpredictable speeches. This
is a commanding and loud scenery-chewing performance with maniacal laughing and
physical comedy that remains top-of-mind even when Hader disappears for
stretches because Dozerman’s arrival drives the narrative and characters frequently
discuss him. His voice and visage even
pop up around the office digitally for a running gag.September 28, 2015 at 8:34 pm #362946
I thought the premiere was a mess. Cute A-plot with Jake and Amy (even though I’m completely against this romance), but I hated Bill Hader in this. Not funny, just annoying and an overall waste of tallent. Why did they have to kill him off so soon? Stupid.
Andre Braugher continues to be delightful in this role.September 30, 2015 at 6:42 am #362947
Solid season premiere. My favorite moments were between Holt and Wuntch and their laugh-out-loud worthy banter. I agree with nahborghi that Braughter is consistently terrific in this series, and “New Captain” could have been a good episode submission if there were perhaps one more scene with him in that ridiculous pigeon costume. I also agree with nahborghi that Hader was a disappointment here: slapstick humor is most certainly within B99‘s wheelhouse, but his opening and closing scenes fell flat. He may very well earn an Emmy nomination for his appearance since he’s already very much on voters’ radar, but it would be a shame if he gets recognition before so many more deserving performers on this show, including fellow guest star Kyra Sedgwick who also continues to impress every time she’s on screen. I thought the official start to Amy and Jake’s relationship was played very well, and Samberg is surprisingly quite charming when he’s visibly off-kilter (as a character and as an actor) in the more serious scenes. I’m glad that they’re not jumping ship on the relationship arc just because it could be easier to avoid it. Oh and the surprise at the end of the episode with the new captain was quite unexpected.
Formerly known as PianoMann.October 2, 2015 at 9:52 am #362948
It’s probably my least favorite performance of Bill Hader I have ever seen. His shouts were unpleasent and didn’t fit the tone of the show. At the same time I’m very ok with the show surprising us by eliminating him by 2/3 of the episode. If Kyra Sedgwick didn’t get in with actual season-long arc, then I can’t see him being nominated for this. Let’s see what Dean Winters brings to the table this time.October 3, 2015 at 4:28 pm #362949
The premiere was good, but I agree that it was almost ruined by Bill Hader. The performance was awful, we’ve seen Hader be much better than this of course, so you can almost blame it on the writers for creating this awful character, but also on whoever thought this performance was the way to go, and that is most likely Hader himself.
Two things were kind of weird: Hader’s character dying midway through the episode and the Amy/Jake relationship becoming public right away. I didn’t think either of those things would happen.October 7, 2015 at 12:09 pm #362950
I thought “The Funeral” was a solid outing. Favorite plotline of the episode was definitely Holt sulking, getting drunk with Terry, and giving that depressing eulogy at the bar. I’m glad to see Braugher getting a more significant narrative arc this season. I thought Jake and Amy trying to sidestep the Vulture was entertaining. I’m particularly liking Samberg and Fumero having fun with the relationship, and it’s off to a much more promising start than I thought it would. Boyle’s funeral hookup was treated almost as an afterthought, but this was a fun guest appearance by Archie Panjabi, playing a comedic variation of her mysterious, sexually charged Kalinda from The Good Wife. If I remember correctly, she signed on for a recurring role, so I’m excited to see her and Boyle interact more.
On a side note, does anyone in particular usually update this thread with episode titles and synopses? I’m happy to step in and do it if nobody has “dibs” on it.
Formerly known as PianoMann.October 11, 2015 at 8:16 am #362951
Episode: Boyle’s Hunch
Synopsis: Jake tries to set Boyle up on a date with Genevieve (guest-star Mary Lynn Rajskub), an art gallery owner and potential soul mate; Rosa deals with inter-precinst theft; Holt asks Amy to help on a new PR campaign.
Formerly known as PianoMann.October 14, 2015 at 9:20 am #362952
I really loved “Boyle’s Hunch”. Three on-target stories with satisfying endings, lots of good one-liners, and some nice character work from the whole cast. This show has really come into its own, but they won’t be able to drag out Holt being away from the nine-nine for a lot longer. Love seeing Mary Lynn Rajskub in stuff like this–I hope we get more appearances from her.
“Me and you–gettin’ a lady off together!”October 18, 2015 at 1:09 pm #362953
Episode: The Oolong Slayer
Synopsis: Jake asks for Holt’s help in investigating a serial killer; Rosa and Amy deal with an old adversary; Terry deals with a new obsession.
Formerly known as PianoMann.October 23, 2015 at 10:31 am #362954
Nice interview with Andy Samberg about the new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, hosting the Emmy Awards, and his many other projects. Warning: There are spoilers from the most recent episode(s) from B99, so don’t read if you’re not caught up!
Formerly known as PianoMann.October 23, 2015 at 11:18 am #362955
The Funeral was my favourite episode so far. Really liked’s Boyle’s Hunch, especially Joe Lo Truglio’s performance and The Oolong Slayer I was quite surprised by. Overall very good third season, keep it up!
May the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows.October 25, 2015 at 12:29 pm #362956
Episode: Halloween, Part III
Synopsis: Jake and Holt split the squad into two teams to see who will break the tie for Halloween pranks and heists.
Formerly known as PianoMann.
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