The title of “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” isn’t the one factor that’s a bit unwieldy and overdone in regards to the new NBC crime present primarily based on the guide by Jeffrey Deaver. When Deaver’s novel was tailored right into a Denzel Washington car merely referred to as “The Bone Collector” in 1999, Roger Ebert mentioned it was “assembled from off-the-shelf thriller contrivances, likable characters and utter absurdity.” He may have been speaking in regards to the TV present too.
Performed by the good Russell Hornsby (“The Hate U Give”), Lincoln Rhyme is launched together with his weapon out in a foggy room searching his nemesis. I mentioned final week that FOX’s “Deputy” leaned into its clichés. “Lincoln Rhyme” pushes so arduous into its clichés that all the pieces else falls aside. It’s the type of factor that you simply’d see play in a parody of cop reveals with dialogue that sounds written by an A.I. system that has been fed a long time of community thriller reveals about women and men in blue. (Dialogue examples embrace “Whoever did that is taking part in a sport they usually needed me to have the entire items” and “Proof illuminates and aligns all issues.”) Whereas embracing a cliché could make for enjoyable escapist TV, the issues come when a present like this takes itself too critically, considering it’s making nice delicacies from Spam. Every little thing about “Lincoln Rhyme” is so self-serious that it drains the B-movie strategy that’s the solely method this present may have labored.
Again to that opening scene. After believing he has saved the most recent sufferer of a serial killer generally known as The Bone Collector, Lincoln realizes too late that he’s been drawn right into a lure, and he takes an enormous fall, paralyzing the very best detective in New York Metropolis. Three years later, Rhyme is retired and alone, confined to a mattress and spending his days taking part in video video games as an alternative of fixing crimes. In fact, that is proper when a younger MTA officer named Emelia Sachs (Arielle Kebbell) stumbles onto a criminal offense scene within the tunnels that bears the fingerprints of The Bone Collector. Earlier than you recognize it, the brand new officer has turn out to be greater than regular companions with Rhyme, sporting a digital camera as she goes into the sphere and Lincoln offers her directions and sees what she sees. In fact, Sachs has her personal trauma in her background, in addition to a need to be a terrific FBI agent sometime. Will her partnership with Rhyme lastly catch a grasp serial killer?
If you happen to’re questioning how this idea works week to week, I can’t actually reply that query as NBC solely previewed one episode, and it’s naturally heavy on introductions to the important thing gamers in Emelia, Lincoln, and even the villain himself, performed by the wonderful Brian F. O’Byrne. Will each episode function one other hunt for The Bone Collector, who likes to go away clues at one crime scene about learn how to discover the subsequent sufferer? Most likely not. One would assume there will probably be different circumstances to fill out a season and the title character will probably be like Moriarty within the background, returning throughout Sweeps durations, after all. Though possibly each episode will convey Rhyme and Sachs nearer to the Bone Collector. One wonders in the event that they’ll have to vary the title in the event that they catch him.
Whereas method an excessive amount of of “Lincoln Rhyme” is leaden and flat, there’s nonetheless one thing there in Hornsby’s efficiency that reminds you the way good he will be with the appropriate materials. I’m all the time blissful when an underrated actor will get a gradual paycheck, however I’m hopeful this one doesn’t final lengthy sufficient to maintain him from materials extra worthy of his skills.
One episode screened for assessment.