A sense of tragedy hangs over this family. Frank’s son, Joe, was killed in the line of duty and his spirit is a pervasive presence; he is referred to numerous times during the course of the show and, it seems, is an essential part of this story.
The writing is sharp and tight; the story flows and the main characters are interesting enough to want to get to know better. This is no surprise seeing how Blue Bloods’ executive producers, Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green, were the guiding forces behind The Sopranos, as well.
Tom Selleck, no stranger to playing law enforcement agents (Magnum, P.I, Jesse Stone) is top notch as the family patriarch. He is a commanding presence in his dress blues but can also effortlessly slip into “dad” mode at Sunday dinner. The rest of the cast is good but it is Donnie Wahlberg who stands out as the surprising star of this episode. His performance as the troubled, driven Danny is nothing less than riveting.
If you are on the fence about watching this show, don’t be. Selleck, Wahlberg, and an excellent script will make Blue Bloods worth your time.
Blue Bloods premieres Friday, September 24th, 10PM ET on CBS.