When I first saw the trailer for Reno 911 – I
thought it was going to be a total disappointment – one of those
pathetic attempts to spoof Cops…..
Well – this comedy has caught me by surprise. The officers of Reno 911
are dedicated to protecting serving the citizens of Reno, Nevada – even
though they’re certainly ill-equipped, ignorant, cowardly, and
down-right childish about the whole, “upholding the law” bit.
I think it’s amazing that the officers are so totally committed to their
jobs – even though they’re doing it all incorrectly – with hilarious
results. A great example is the episode in which the officers land a
major cache of illegal fireworks – inside a ice cream truck located in
the middle of the desert. The book the driver on possession of illegal
fireworks and they proceed to literally have a blast at setting off all
that contraband. Some officers gleefully joined in with some riot gear –
to get up and close to the exploding party. Of course, the show also
needs to illustrate some of the consequences of their actions – so one
officers makes mistake of aiming a flaming roman candles at the ice
cream truck – which still had the rest of the fireworks loaded up inside.
“That’s what’s happening!”
This show totally panders to your guilty pleasures in satisfying all
those inappropriate comebacks – that you’ve ever wanted to engage in. I
think it’s fabulous that these officers have no inhibitions of acting on
all those inappropriate responses to mis-understood insults. One great
scene is when two officers team up to beat-up a mime – in the middle of
the day – simply because the Mime refused to break character and answer
their questions. Another great scene is when Dep. Williams encounters a perp – who seems to be high…..the perp makes the mistake of saying the Deputy looks like Dee from “What’s Happening.” Her response – she whips out her pepper spray and shoots at the perp’s eyes – as he’s screaming in pain – she sass back: “That’s what’s happening!”
“God – I hate religious people!”
Finally, Reno 911 indulges in all those cool immature pranks that only officers can get away with. In one episode – officers competed in a “perp” bingo – to win tickets to the next Nevada execution. Deputy Jones and his partner proceeded to call up a pizza joint on the other side of town – and promised the driver a hefty tip if he could make it in 30 minutes or less. When the pizza arrived – the drive found himself in a speed trap – the officers determined he was speeding dangerously. Lucky for them – the driver also fit a perp description for their bingo – the driver was at least 6 feet tall. So they book him on driving without a license – after they take his wallet and toss his license into the gutter.