Common Law (USA Network) - Series Premiere: Synopsis and Review
‘Common Law’ revolves around Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole, ‘The Chicago Code’) and Travis Marks (Michael Ealy, ‘Californication’), two homicide detectives. They’re partners, but they have some issues. So, after Wes pulled his gun on Travis, their captain decided they should try couples counseling with Dr. Elyse Ryan (Sonya Walger’, ‘Lost’).
‘Common Law’ is created by Cormac and Marianne Wibberley and is broadcasted on USA Network on Fridays at 10/9c.
The first episode of this series starts with Wes and Travis at their couples counseling meeting. They are told to get to know each other better and they’re supposed to fill in a form with questions about each other. Travis takes the counseling quite serious, but Wes doesn’t see the point of it all. As their counseling proceeds, it becomes clear that Wes and Travis are opposites of each other in almost every way. The one thing they have in common, though, is the thing that keeps them together: they want to see justice done.
‘Common Law’ is a lot like other cop shows. There is a murder, and two detectives try to solve the case. The difference however lies in the detectives. Not only do their personalities give a nice twist to the story (for instance; Travis stops two robbers from robbing a gas station by pretending he is in fact trying to rob it as well), but they also give them an extra challenge. It’s hard to convince your boss that you and your partner are getting along well when you’re falling through windows while fighting with him, so imagine trying to convince him of your theory on who killed your victim while you’re debating with your partner.
The way Wes and Travis interact with each other makes for a very funny show. Their constant bickering forms a balance with their gruesome cases. Because they work together there is no escaping their issues, so even when they’re working on their case there is still a certain lightheartedness to the situation. Of course, these types of situations, two opposed partners in a lighthearted setting, is what USA Network is somewhat known for. And not without reason, it works very well together!
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