'Blue Bloods: The First Season'
(Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, et al / 6-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / CBS-Paramount)
Overview: 'Blue Bloods' is a drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement - and the search to find out who the Blue Templar are, and how to bring them down.
DVD Verdict: WARNING: SPOILER ALERTS COMING! ... If, like me, you've waited an entire season for Jamie (Will Estes), a recent graduate of Harvard Law School and a rookie police officer on the police force after graduating from the police academy, to confide in his Blue family about the Blue Templar, well, come the penultimate final episode you/we all got our wish!
But, enough of that ... first things first. For those not in the know, 'Blue Bloods: The First Season' follows the Irish-American Reagan family of police officers with the New York City Police Department. Francis "Frank" Reagan (Tom Selleck) is the Police Commissioner. He's a Vietnam veteran who served in the Marines before he joined the NYPD. He's widowed with four grown children: Danny, Erin, Jamie, and Joseph.
Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is a top, albeit tough as nails NYPD detective, Erin (Bridget Moynahan) is an assistant district attorney in Manhattan (who, although blood related, is still allowed to prosecute nearly all of the criminals her cop brother Danny arrests!!), Jamie (Estes), and their late brother and Frank's middle son, Joseph, who was killed in the line of duty - or, so they believe by the infamous rogue cop group, the Blue Templar.
Henry (the always-great Len Cariou) is Frank's father and a retired police commissioner, who usually provides advice to his son and grandchildren - and usually when all huddled around the dining table on a Sunday afternoon.
Throughout the dark, opening episodes, we see Jamie get more involved, obsessed even with his brothers death and the reasons why. He even loses his fiancée over it, and just when he thinks he's spinning out of control, the FBI try to recruit Jamie to pick up Joe's investigation. But, now spurred on by an deep inner belief in himself, and a wish not to tell his entire cop family, Jamie conducts his own covert investigation into Joe's death - and the Blue Templars therein.
But, and yes I'm jumping ahead to the penultimate final episode, after an attempt on his life, Jaime finally informs his father Frank, his brother Danny, and his grandfather Henry about his suspicions. And then, come the final episode, we get one crackin', sizzlin' batch of encounters! An episode in which happily married, for the most part good men - that only did one thing wrong in their lives, for extra pocket money - get to lose their jobs, and where other, more corrupt cops get to go to jail - and in one major case, lose their lives!
In between that final episode and the opening Pilot, well, its tales of being a cop that count, and there are many of them. And, from my standpoint, the always-stunning, always-sexy, always-heading-my-fantasy-woman list, Jennifer Esposito (Detective Jackie Curatola) as Danny's partner on the street makes all the brooding violence well worth the trouble to sift through. The woman has been on my Hots Radar ever since her time spent on Spin City so for her to be part of this series, well, I loooove her new time slot!
The storylines typically involve a compelling crime of the week that manages to involve the whole family in some way, helped along with a generous helping of intergenerational family dynamics, often featuring sibling rivalries. The gracefully aging Selleck is spot-on as a widowed father trying to help his kids and grandkids navigate life's challenges.
Other characters involved in the show and who get very decent amounts of screen time include Kelly (Andrea Roth), a reporter Frank is dating (on and off!), Linda (Amy Carlson), Danny's wife and mother to their two children, Nicholas Turturro as Sgt. Anthony Renzulli, Jamie's partner/Training Officer, and all the young kids at the dinner table each scene; including the outstanding Sami Gayle as Nicole "Nicky" Reagan-Boyle, Erin's daughter.
In closing, well, 'Blue Bloods: The First Season' is highly recommended, good, solid entertainment that comes complete with not only family values, but a decent wrap at its end too ie: no cliffhangers here, thankfully! [RT] These are all Full-Screen Presentations (1.77:1), and the 6-disc set features all 22 dramatic and action-filled episodes, along with DVD-exclusive special features including behind-the-scenes featurettes, network on-air promos, deleted scenes and more!
Creating The Characters - Featurette
Code Blue - Featurette
Keeping It Real - Featurette
Analyzing The Scene - Featurette
Keeping It In The Family - Featurette