Terry’s a huge (literally) closeted book nerd in this week’s episode of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, “Skyfire Cycle.” When the author of Terry’s favorite book series receives a death threat, Jake makes sure to get the case reassigned to the nine-nine so that Terry can meet his hero. But the old adage might be true: you should never meet your heroes.
Meanwhile, Holt is dealing with an infuriating math problem. But really, it’s just pent up aggression because the precinct is still on the night shift and Holt hasn’t been able to spend much time with Kevin because of it. Rosa thinks Holt and Kevin “just need to bone,” but Amy refuses to believe that, and wants to help Holt understand the logic behind the math problem.
Also happening in this episode, Boyle and Gina are taking a family vacation together with the rest of the Boyle clan, because of their parents’ relationship. But will the vacation take its usual place in Iowa in a tent, singular, as Boyle will have it, or will the burrowing Boyles add a little spice to their lives and take Gina up on her suggestion to vacation in Aruba? Either way, Boyle wins because Gina has had to take time out of her life to get to know each and every one of Boyle’s cousins so that she could persuade them to take her side.
The episode was packed with a lot of zingers. Unlike most of the other episodes this season, which have to this point relied heavily on character-based situational comedy and a lot of visual humor, this episode was very one-liner heavy. The jokes were top-notch – other than the cold open, which was funny, but not that funny because the unexpected-Holt-reaction jokes are starting to feel a bit overused – but the episode felt a lot like an outside spec script, and not exactly on par with the show’s regular voice. But if it was a spec script, it was a very good one for getting the humor of the show pretty well. The characters just felt slightly more superficial than usual, which is what made the episode feel like someone outside of the regular writer’s room wrote it.
The best part of the episode, though, was Terry’s debut as a huge sci-fi fantasy bookworm. At one point during the episode, he and Jake go undercover in cosplay of his favorite childhood book heroes and seeing Terry in cosplay is just the best. It was also a really unique backstory character trait for Terry to have, because you definitely wouldn’t expect Terry, of all the nine-nine characters, to be into something that’s even remotely Game of Thrones-y (Skyfire isn’t a Game of Thrones thing, Game of Thrones is a Skyfire thing). But he is, and it weirdly makes perfect sense.
Meanwhile, it was fun to see Kevin make a cameo again, though it’s strange that he only shows up in one scene in the entire episode. Kevin has become a less frequent guest character than in previous seasons, and it’s kind of disappointing. As one of the few characters we haven’t really gotten to know that well yet, I think there could be ample opportunity for a hilarious storyline involving him.
Overall, I’d say this wasn’t the weakest episode of the season, but the slightly inaccurate voice did weaken the strength of the humor throughout the episode. It was still a fun episode to watch though, particularly Jake’s bit about accidental pantsing all of his heroes, including Terry at the end of the episode. All in all, not a bad episode to start off the holiday season.
Season 4, Episode 8 (S04E08)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Tuesdays at 8PM on Fox
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