DVD Review: Good Cop
John Paul Rocksavage is a hard-working cop in Liverpool city center. He’s a good cop, looks out for people, but his day is about to go south real quick. First he bumps into his ex-girlfriend who he hasn’t seen for 6 years or so, along with their daughter. She doesn’t want anything to do with him, and doesn’t want him to have anything to do with their daughter. But she’s hot, so John Paul isn’t going to give up. Future stalker mentality.
Then John Paul is in a cafe eating with his partner (in the cop sense) Andy, when he sees a nasty piece of work – played brilliantly by Stephen Graham – hassling the waitress. John Paul persuades him to move on, but he threatens him by saying “The next copper I see on his own, I’m going to hammer him.” – words that will haunt John Paul for the rest of his life, well for the next four episodes at least.
You see, later in the episode, the two boys in blue respond to a noise complaint, and Andy sends John Paul round the back. A few minutes later the front door opens and Andy is lured into a trap. Andy gets a nasty beating whilst John Paul is locked out and helpless to do anything but watch.
It’s pretty obvious what’s going to happen to Andy and when it does, Good Cop John Paul accelerates past stalker to vigilante. Though to be honest, his journey to vigilante cop was pretty much forced upon him, but only because curiosity got the better of him.
What follows on this short four episode season one, looks to be a nice little package that follows a gun with four bullets and enough targets for one per episode.
And they are rollickingly good episodes too, as we see both the good side of John Paul as well as his steady decline into the murky world of revenge.
But just as we think we know how it’s all going to end, episode four throws a curve ball, actually, make that two curve balls, and sets the whole show up for a second, must watch season.
Sadly in true BBC fashion, the show has been canned, proving that whilst the BBC can produce quality dramas that keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more, they consistently fail to follow through on most new shows that they produce – at least the ones that are any good.
The good news however, is that the shows ending is fairly open ended so is able to sit on it’s own as a four part mini-series and is well worth a watch, even is the realisation that there will be no season two will leave you thinking of ways that you can reign vengeance down on the idiots that axed the show.
R16 Violence and offensive language.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read