Gang Related Series Premiere Review: “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)



Since the show throws you in after the gang task force has already been around for a while, there’s a certain sense of camaraderie that’s been previously established. Like other procedurals, there are different personalities and ideals at work, but for the most part, it appears like everyone generally works well together (although looks can often be deceiving). That being said, there’s great potential for a serious conflict in the future. Nothing makes things more interesting than unnecessary drama in the workplace.

A prime candidate for starting trouble would be the sole female on the team, Veronica “Vee” Dotsen (Inbar Lavi). Vee clearly has no issue in regards to forming an opinion, or sharing it. Her power for observation may cause issues for Ryan when he eventually slips up and does something that draws unwanted attention. It’s inevitable that someone will find out about his true allegiance.

Off the bat, Gang Related does one thing especially well – it makes it clear that it isn’t afraid to kill off characters. There are few things more obnoxious than a show that doesn’t believe in “real deaths.” In this episode, two characters (at least) found themselves as victims of gang related violence. It probably won’t happen at quite such frequent intervals in the future, but like Ryan’s past coming to light, this too is inevitable.

The biggest flaw that the pilot has is an element of believability. Logic dictates that somewhere along the process to becoming a member of the LAPD, or later, while being vetted for the task force, someone would have come across Ryan’s connection with Acosta. It’s not a matter of him being flipped by the gang after he took the position. Ryan grew up under Acosta’s influence. He joined the army and became a cop at his behest. These are fairly obvious ties that exist, and it’s only a matter of time before they reveal themselves to a larger audience.

Despite that, Gang Related delivered a pilot episode that both entertained and intrigued. The characters are diverse, the story leaves you wanting more, and I’ll definitely be back for more.

Let us know if you think Gang Related will make it through season one without getting the axe in the comments section below!

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