It's difficult to take a story from film to television. Likewise, remakes of British/French/Danish shows almost always lose something in the translation.
Based on the wildly successful French
While there are many reasons to like "Taxi Brooklyn," including and especially its two fresh and likable leads, it too often wobbles and stalls, unwilling to commit to one type of storytelling or the other.
As with the Luc Besson films, "Taxi Brooklyn" turns on the unlikely alliance between a detective and a cab driver.
Driving said cab is Leo Romba ("Inglourious Basterd's" perfectly wonderful Jacky Ido), a French charmer with immigration issues. As these things go, the two clash mightily before forming a banter-heavy alliance — when Cat is stripped of driving privileges, Leo offers to drive her wherever she wants to go in exchange for help with INS.
Leo's past has awarded him not just superb driving skills but insight into the criminal world. Before long, he's not just driving, he's aiding Cat in her investigations. He aids in the search for her father's murderer, which no one else, including Cat's mother, Frankie (the criminally underused
Developed for television by Gary
Less egregious but still far too pat are the sympathetic forensic examiner (
Too many explanations (honestly, you're either going to go with the cop and the cab driver or you're not) and overly familiar B-plots (are there any good cops who have not gone through five partners in a year?) just get in the way of "Taxi Brooklyn's" greatest strength. Cat and Leo may be over-drawn, but they are new sorts of characters for broadcast TV, with the kind of chemistry that can save a show.
Perhaps even from itself.
When: 10 p.m. Wednesday