Following last weeks “McClain and Hooch” Die Hard spoof, this episode takes a slightly more original story, as Turner must use Hooch to track down a diamond thief.
The basic story of this episode is that Scott and the US Marshalls are trying to track down a diamond thief, who has been evading them for years and is now in town scoping places out for a future robbery. Turner & Hooch are brought in to help track the thief down, but when the trail goes cold, Turner is benched, until he figures something out and heads off to arrest the thief with Hooch’s help.
There are a number of things about this show, which are starting to get a little annoying. One is the “A-Team” of US Marshalls that seem completely useless, but like running around in sunglasses and taking the praise for everything that happens. While the main point is to make you feel sympethtic for Scott and his team, it just makes the US Marshalls look idiots. Having them all following Hooch around, while he tracks down a thief, only for the scent to go cold and then basically just say…”well that’s it”. It just seemed over the top and unrealistic. The whole series so far just leans in so heavily on everything it does without any subtlety. It would be nice for the series to treat the viewer with a little more respect to work out what’s going on.
“Turner & Hooch” is a great show for the whole family, because everyone can watch it together and enjoy parts of it. While it might not a Disney Channel level show, but sometimes it does lean too heavily on being understandable to kids. It’s about getting that balance just right.
As you’d expect, this episode spends 2 minutes building on the main story arc of Scott and his sister tracking down their dad’s (Tom Hank’s character from the original film) old cases, to find out what might have killed him. It’s good that this series has an overarching storyline, but its extremely slow moving and with still 9 more episodes in this series, it’ll be a while until we know what’s going on.
There is an interesting new developing near the end of the episode, where an ex-girlfriend comes back into his life, setting up a potential new love triangle, to keep the “will they – won’t they” between Scott and the dog trainer (who is dropping hints about liking him so heavily, she might as well renenact “Die Hard with a Vengenace” with a sign on her saying “ASK ME OUT, I’LL SAY YES”).
Overall, episode 3 of “Turner & Hooch”, is an enjoyable family friendly police show, with an adorable dog that will make you chuckle. I loved the original movie and but we need more of Hooch and less of Turner, who comes across as a whinny uninteresting character. I’m really struggling to make that connection with the characters in this show, hopefully that’ll improve, but so far, every character is so one dimensional and if you take the funny “Hooch” parts out, its just a below average cop show.
Rating 3 out of 5