[Brooklyn Nine-Nine](tag:1017903) season 3 got off to a good start with New Captain, answering the burning questions set by the season 2 finale, and establishing a new status quo for the characters to deal with. After season 2 increased the show's popularity and viewership, creators Dan Goor and Michael Schur have a challenge ahead of them to keep the good times rolling, and so far season 3 looks set to continue in season 2's footsteps. But a lot of the success of the show hinges on how the relationship between Jake and Amy is dealt with, which is a tricky issue to solve.
A will-they-won't-they couple is the staple of most sitcoms. The potential romance keeps the audience engaged, and there's plenty of comedic situations to exploit when feelings are involved. But at the same time, there's a balance that must be struck between potential and realisation, and it's one that not all shows do well.
Dan Goor is well aware of this conundrum, and it's something the writers have been struggling with since day one. The idea of a romance between Jake and Amy has been bubbling away since the first episode, through the competition that lead to their supposedly terrible date (which was obviously fun for both of them), and the gradual realisation of each other's feelings in season 2. After all that build up, naturally something had to happen, but as Goor reveals, deciding what was a Catch 22 situation.
"If you don’t get them together, then people get incredibly frustrated, but if you do get them together, there’s the chance to disappoint people. What we’re trying to do is make sure that they are as funny as possible together, and that their relationship is a funny portrayal of what it would be like to have that tension with somebody you work with."
Goor made the point that after they both revealed their feelings for each other at the end of season 2, there was "no realistic impediment" for them getting together, so it had to happen.
S03E01 dealt with this quite well, first of all showing the wrong way to go about the relationship, having Jake and Amy break up, leading them to realise, again, that they just aren't happy apart. With a little help from Boyle, of course.
Did episode 1 prove that Jake and Amy's relationship has good potential? Honestly, I think so. Romance and comedy go together well, and the characters' relationships have always been a part of the show. And after all the build up, it's great to see Jake and Amy finally together. Let's hope they can make it work! And it looks like next episode relationship helper Boyle will finally get his own love interest...
So what else is in store for the team in season 3?
Detective Pembroke swooping in as the new new Captain is comedy gold, and we can't wait to see how this will play out. Killing off Bill Hader's Dozerman in the first episode was a bold move, and an amusing twist. Pembroke has been a thorn in the precinct's side before, and the only thing worse than Dozerman's rigid efficiency measures is Pembroke's mission to steal all the credit from his own team. Dean Winters has an excellent chemistry with the cast, and Dan Goor revealed how eager the team were to work with him again.
"We love Dean Winters. And we really enjoyed working with him in season 1. In every episode he was so funny and such a great actor. And then last season he had his show on CBS, so he was unavailable to us. But the reason we chose him for that role specifically was the character has such a strong dynamic with Jake and with the other characters in the office, so it felt like a short cut to comedy to have him in a position above Jake — and the squad."
But we don't have to worry too much about Pembroke being the captain: Goor assured fans that yes, Holt will be back later this season, and Pembroke's control of the precinct may just prompt his return, as the Vulture heading the precinct is Holt's "ultimate nightmare".
So far, this all looks very promising, though it has to be said that season 3 episode 1 wasn't exactly a laugh a minute. This is understandable, as the creative team had a lot of loose ends to tie up, and a new structure to establish. But so far the outlook is very promising, and we can't wait to see what happens next!