Lethal Weapon’s pilot episode was directed by McG and written by Matt Miller. I can’t wait to see who directs the next episodes because it seems like Fox pulled out all the stops when they ordered this series.
I know what you’re thinking, because I thought the same thing: how dare they replace Danny Glover as Murtaugh and Mel Gibson as Riggs? Easy. Just add a bit of Damon Wayans with a dash of Clayne Crawford and you’ve got chemistry that matches. But, wait! What about the action? McG has taken care of that as well. In the first ten minutes you learn the nature of Murtaugh and Riggs’ relationship with just the action sequences. How about the intensity Gibson displayed in dealing with the loss of Riggs’ wife, is Crawford up to the task? It’s too early to tell but he did well in this episode. See? I had all these thoughts for you and I’m here to ease your fears that this movie adaptation to the small screen isn’t going to be a dud.
Miller did a stellar job crafting each and every little nuance that made us love the characters from the movie series. He builds flawlessly on Shane Black’s framework, adapting the main points of the story and working them to fit in the one-hour block that is network television while creating a new, engaging story. You’ll see Riggs have his heartstrings tugged and understand why I say it’s too early to tell how Crawford will play the loss of Riggs’ wife.
Without giving too much away, if you didn’t catch the pilot episode and you happen to like exploding banks, pizza, car chases and crashes, and the grand prix, go find this episode on FoxNow or your cable service’s on demand feature. You can catch it live Wednesdays 8/7 CT. I know I’ll be coming back next week and the week after.
This show earns 5 out of 5 car chases for being excellent!