Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CBS Cancels Battle Creek - Airs Finale Episode

Battle Creek series is a show I would recommend to anyone looking for a good cop saga. The series delicately intertwines the lives of the former FBI turned Battle Creek police officers, played by Josh Duhamel, along with his partner, portrayed by Dean Winters.  The cast projects  a true down to Earth feel, centered in small town, USA, and the office love interest of Winters, though a bit slow in the lead to potential romance, leaves enough intrigue that promises something may be coming in the future.

However, there is one big problem with my recommendation for the show to others. CBS, the network that produces the series, has decided to cancel the show after season one ends, which ultimately breaks my heart. I guess I’m a sucker for the series. I had looked forward to seeing what would come of the show the cast’s relationship with each other in season two. My only hope is that perhaps CBS will change their mind and bring it back, but given their history of kicking a good show to the curb, I seriously doubt it.

The quirky relationship between Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters in season one, was a bit off. The characters got along for the most part, but there was some underlying tension between them that left this viewer thinking that there was more to the story that was yet to unfold, and that may have been part of the plan all along. It’s not too often, okay rarely, if ever, that you hear of a higher ranking FBI agent take on a lower position of authority, such as a local police officer, thus, it leaves me to wonder the reasons and wanting more.

However, for Winters, whose character has already put on plenty of experience with the force, the pairing with Duhamel doesn’t exactly hold a lot of initial appeal. Duhamel’s experience with the FBI’s ways differs from Winter’s own views on how situations should be handled or dealt with and the two occasionally butt heads over how to approach a situation, however, in the end they generally work it out. Duhamel’s character’s approach, at least when compared to Winter’s character, is more formal with a by the book attitude, whereas Winters character is more laid back. While the two characters are partners, they seem to have no interest in entertaining a friendship that goes beyond work.

In case you were wondering, Duhamel is the same guy that played Major Lennox in the first three action-packed Transformers movies that most of us adventure geeks all know and love. However, he takes on a different kind of role in his upcoming movie Bravetown in which he is the father of the talented, but emotionally lost teen, who resides in a town that has been emotionally broken. While it’s not typically the kind of movie that I personally prefer, I have no doubt that I will watch it regardless, because, hey, it has Josh Duhamel in it and, what can I say, I’m a bit of a fan who can’t get enough of his work.

Getting back to Battle Creek, however, the one thing that drives me absolutely insane is when a network starts a series, but doesn’t finish it. It’s like sitting down with a good book, reading the first few chapters so that you’re drawn into the story, and then finding out that the rest of the book is full of blank pages.

It seems that CBS is notorious for cancelling shows that I get into and I cannot begin to express the frustration that can cause a dedicated viewer. I used to watch The Crazy Ones series back in 2013 and 2014 religiously, I might add. However, despite the show’s witty characters and the business and funny plot, it was also cancelled after season one and before the show could come to fruition and be loved by many.

Now, I have that same level of frustration all over again with Battle Creek. I just hope CBS gives Josh Duhamel a better series! Make him a superhero!