First Impressions

Rush Hour

Aired on: CBS

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

                Recently, I had heard that a new crime show was coming to television that would be based on a series of movies starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.  I loved Rush Hour, though I wasn't thrilled with all of the sequels, so I was a bit worried.  How would the television version of this hit action/comedy work out?  The promos looked great, but would the show be as good as the promotional ads?  Only one way to find out.

                The television version of Rush Hour stars Jon Foo as Detective Jonathan Lee, a rising star in the Hong Kong police force.  Detective Lee is a terrific cop, but seen as overprotective by his sister Kim (Jessika Van), also an officer.  When a shipment of valuable statues is shipped from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, the FBI Liaison (Henry Ian Cusick) suggests that Kim Lee accompany them, offering her a chance to prove herself.  But when the shipment is hijacked by members of the Kwan Do crime organization and all of the accompanying police killed, Jonathan Lee is determined to capture his sister's killer.

                He travels to Los Angeles and is assigned to James Carter (Justin Hires), a rogue LAPD Detective who has a knack for getting himself in trouble.  This assignment by Captain Cole (Wendy Malick) is intended as a babysitting job as the FBI is the main investigator on this case.  However, Detective Carter is as set on solving this crime as Lee, though neither one of them may like the path it leads them to.

                Remember how worried I was that the creators of this show might screw it up?  I never should have worried.  The Rush Hour premiere episode was terrific.  Jon Foo and Justin Hires have great chemistry and comedic timing.  They are perfect choices to reprise the roles originally performed by Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.  The writing is excellent and the comedic moments got quite a few chuckles from me.  And the action!  Oh man, those fight scenes were wonderfully coordinated.  Being a martial artist and stunt man, Jon Foo was a terrific choice to play this role and his fight scenes are awesome.  I also enjoyed that plot twist that pits Lee against his sister - nice touch.

                It's been a long time since we had a television series like Martial Law on CBS, successfully combining martial arts, crime drama and comedy in a television series that was highly enjoyable and lasted two seasons.  Rush Hour fits the bill nicely.  My only worry is that, like the Rush Hour films, the writing and storyline will eventually get stale.  It will be up to the creators of the show to see that this never happens.  For now, at least, I will be front and center Thursdays at 10pmEST for Rush Hour every week on CBS.


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