CBS aired the premiere of S.W.A.T 2017 last night. The show was created by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (Southland, The Get Down) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and directed by Justin Lin (Fast and Furious). Everyone has been calling it a re-boot but really the only re-boot was the theme song and even that had a twist on it. Despite some harsh critic reviews, I have to say I liked it. After watching S.W.A.T I can understand why some may say they are tired of politics and the same old topics that have been swirling around the #blacklivesmatter #handsupdontshoot , immigration, right vs. left and the list goes on. Without coming right out to say it, S.W.A.T definitely had an undertone of touching on a few very sensitive political topics. There has been much controversy over a lot of various topics in America these days. I saw the door opening to a show that is going to touch on those topics. Now, some people will like it, some will get pissed off and some will just not care. Those who are interested will be curious to see how Shemar Moore and his S.W.A.T team pull this off.
Moore’s character Hondo portrays a man conflicted between his loyalties to where he came from and his loyalties to the people in blue. He wants to make a change but believes to make change, you have to be part of the change. Moore does a great job just like he did on his previous show, Criminal Minds. On S.W.A.T Moore portrays Hondo (Daniel Harrelson) who is promoted to team leader after Buck (former team leader) is removed for shooting an innocent kid. Hondo isn’t too thrilled at first because he feels he’s being used as a face for the force because a white cop shot an innocent African-American kid. However, Hondo takes over and leads his team his way. Moore’s character has a strong presence that his fans will no doubt love. It’s no secret that Shemar Moore has a huge fan following comprised of as he calls them, “fans, homies and baby girls”. Baby Girl Nation was tuned in and united in supporting Moore’s new role. According to all of their posts on social media, this show was and will be a hit!
S.W.A.T brought a lot of action. It was non-stop action with a lot of visual stimulation. The story line was good and kept your interest however, I did feel at times the dialogue was a little weak and cliche’. The fighting scenes stuck out to me. Who knew Alex Russell had those moves? Kuddos to the choreographers. Shemar Moore leads the show with a strong performance. His acting skills are excellent and engaging. I’m wondering why the big screen films aren’t picking him up yet? Perhaps S.W.A.T will propel him into that field.
All of the actors did a good job. Stephanie Sigman plays Moore’s boss and love interest on the show. As gorgeous as Sigman is, I didn’t really feel the chemistry between these two as far as a love interest. Let’s see if it steams up or fizzles out. Sigman does a good job of pulling you into her boss role. She’s a woman who is into her job but at the same time is into her employee (Moore). You could sense her conflicted emotions. As far as action goes, all of the actors did great. Kenny Johnson, who by the way can slam anyone down in an arm wrestling match, was believable. His character sent out the vibe that he might not be too thrilled that Hondo is in charge. Guess we’ll have to wait and see how that plays out. Jay Harrington, Lina Esco , David Lim all jived well together as a team. I enjoyed the fact that Lina Esco was added to the team. Her character appeared kind of silent but strong, even taking someone out with a single shot at one point. Yet again touching on a controversial topic that a woman can do a man’s job.
Overall the show is good. It’s not as dry as some of the critics are making it out to be. I think if people continue to watch, they will see a week by week adventure that tackles a variety of controversial topics. The action alone makes it worth watching and there is some subtle humor weaved in. It sort of gives you the feel of a “Fast and Furious” mixed with “Miami Vice” kind of environment. I’d say to those critics who are not liking S.W.A.T so much, “give it a chance”. I think on point reviews will be based on week by week topics and seeing how the action unfolds. Shemar Moore’s talent is leading the show for sure. I know people get fixated on his good looks, charm and abs but seriously, the man can act. I’d say it’s definitely a show worth watching every week. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 coffee cups!