CBS clearly has excessive hopes for its reboot of “The Equalizer,” gifting it with a high-profile post-Tremendous Bowl 2021 premiere — TV’s most coveted time slot.
That can earn the collection, starring Queen Latifah, an enormous onetime viewers it would by no means method once more. CBS is aware of this, in fact, however is assured “The Equalizer” will appeal to a loyal core viewers adequate in right now’s saturated TV panorama.
That continues to be to be seen, however Sunday night time’s premiere gave us a snugly predictable drama in that formulaic community primetime sort of manner. There’s nothing new right here, no less than not but, however “The Equalizer” checks all of the containers, is well-acted with an interesting forged and includes a sturdy lead character — which ought to be sufficient to warrant a good shelf life.
The collection reimagines the ’80s CBS collection starring Edward Woodward, and the 2014 Denzel Washington film, with Latifah as Robyn McCall, who’s left the CIA after a stellar profession nabbing the dangerous guys. (There’s an allusion to issues going unsuitable in Venezuela.) Divorced, she’s moved again to New York Metropolis, the place her 15-year-old daughter, Delilah (Laya DeLeon Hayes), lives with Robyn’s Aunt Vi (Lorraine Toussaint), who’s been caring for in her mom’s frequent (and lengthy) absences. This isn’t totally defined within the opener — nor are a number of different contextual narrative factors — however I count on we’ll be taught extra about Robyn’s relationship with Delilah, and with Aunt Vi, because the collection progresses. (Robyn’s “cowl story” is that she’s been working for a nonprofit group all these years.)
“The Equalizer” opens in arresting trend with the gunning down of a lawyer in a darkish alley, an harmless younger lady framed for the gangland-style homicide. That leads Robyn, who’s formally “retired,” and her crew of sidekicks — bearded (in fact), iconoclastic laptop hacker Harry Keshegian (Adam Goldberg) and Melody Bayani (Liza Lapira) — to a sleazy billionaire entrepreneur.
“You assume you should purchase and promote the entire world!” Robyn barks at him, a predictable line that’s not precisely Shakespeare however hey, it makes its level. She then makes use of her mad abilities to unravel the case and she or he’s a troublesome cookie, with an ingenious skill to work round any potential roadblock complemented by her flurries of fisticuffs, karate kicks, bashing in individuals’s heads … the standard stuff. We count on nothing much less, and Robyn/Latifah delivers the products (with out breaking a sweat). It’s a throwback, however she’s “The Equalizer,” dammit, saying her intentions to proceed preventing the great struggle by episode’s finish.
Chris Noth can also be readily available as William Bishop, Robyn’s onetime CIA colleague who now runs a non-public investigation agency within the metropolis. We’ll be seeing much more of him, little doubt, as “The Equalizer” settles into its common eight p.m. timeslot on Feb. 14. CBS is actually good at this type of by-the-numbers style providing — and, on this case, that ought to give “The Equalizer” a preventing likelihood to make its mark.