ByGrant Hermanns, writer at
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It seems that in keeping with Hollywood remakes and sequels, TV is quickly following suit, having not one, but 4 fresh adaptations debut in just the last year: Minority Report, Limitless, Damien and the most recent, Rush Hour. Now, of these four shows, Limitless is the only one to see strong success so far, earning a full 22-episode season order just a month after its premiere, averaging 7.25 million U.S. viewers per episode, and earning a 58% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and an 87% from audiences.

Rush Hour has gotten off to a slightly rough start, earning a low 25% rating from critics, and only drawing in about 5 million viewers for the premiere. Now, that being said, the numbers haven't come in yet for how many recorded the show, and what age demographics it hit the best.

Plus, the show actually had quite a few perks. It did mostly follow the formula of the films in its plotting and jokes, but they still landed, and the chemistry between rising stars Justin Hires and Jon Foo got better as the episode progressed.

But being that the show is a remake, it makes one wonder where the show will go and how similar will it be to its source material. So, let's take a moment to see some of the biggest (and funniest) connections to the original movie:

The Disarm Move

Shortly after meeting each other, Lee disarms Carter in his attempts to get to the consulate quickly. Lee and Carter even have a bonding moment of Lee teaching Carter the proper way to disarm an enemy. While in the show the disarming move is repeated, Lee actually uses it on a random goon.

Gun Sting Gone Wrong

Just as in the movie, the show introduces our comedic Detective Carter by having him in the middle of an undercover operation in which he tries to tell a patrolling squad car to move along and ignore the "transaction," only to end up revealing himself as a police officer to save his behind and the sellers' as well. The show, of course, had to up the ante of the capture, going from blowing up half a city block to crashing a helicopter into the house of a City Councilman. Also in keeping with the first movie, Carter and Lee guilt-trip the dealer from the beginning into giving up a location for the main baddie.


No, not the band, the main henchman from the first Rush movie. In addition to sporting the memorable blonde buzzcut, the character of Sang was known for his very tense standoffs with Carter in the movie. However, other than the hair color and job position, the two characters have little resemblance, with the TV iteration being named Jawlong instead of Sang.

That Sweet Ride

While they may not have the same car, each version of Carter cruises in a classic convertible. Tucker's Carter drives a 1972 Corvette Stingray C3, while Hires' Carter drives a '70s Chevrolet Camaro SS. No matter the car, it's still that vintage look that makes us all envious.

Troublesome Cousin

He may have only had a brief appearance in the first Rush Hour, but it's hard to forget Clifton Powell as Carter's gangster cousin in that solid red suit who was a sort of inside man for the LA detective. For the TV show, they've written this character to be a bigger asset than in the movie, with Vine and Blue Mountain State star Page Kennedy portraying the role, his second major role in TV in the last two years since Fox's cancelled Backstrom.

The Pool Hall

Going along with the troublesome cousin, we all remember his introduction was paired with the infamous pool hall fight, where Chan's Lee says one wrong thing that causes everyone in the building to attack him, but he still fights them all off with ease using his fists, the pool cues, billiards and even a barstool. This scene is recreated on a smaller scale in the premiere of the TV reboot, only the fight seems less provoked than the film's.

People Are Full of S**t

One of the film's earliest, and most iconic jokes is Carter's doubt of Lee's English capabilities, and the show follows this joke as well, with the revelation that Lee can speak English being just as surprising to Carter as in the movie. The writers even give a primetime version of the original line for the TV show, "I like to let people talk who like to talk. Makes it easier for me to find out how full of crap they are."

Chinatown Action

Similar to the movie, the duo must trek to Chinatown to find a restaurant where dealings with the main criminal have taken place. Unlike the movie, they don't know exactly where they're going, only that it's a restaurant with a "fine-ass hostess." When they get there, however, events transpire similar to the first, with the heroes running into the bad guys and a firefight ensuing inside the restaurant.

The Artifact Fight

Among the many comedic fight sequences in the film, one of the final and most tiresome to watch is the artifact fight towards the end of the film, in which Lee struggles to fight multiple goons and keep valuable vases from falling over and breaking. The pilot for the series followed suit by having Lee briefly struggle to keep the ancient statues upright and still take down the villains.

The British Friend

If for some reason you still haven't seen the movie (which I don't know how that's possible, it's been almost 20 years since it came out), then this it's important to stop reading here.

The British guy is the bad guy. Shocker, right? (Pfft, no, Deadpool got it right that it's always a British villain.) In Rush Hour, both the TV series and movie, it's Lee's British friend that betrays him in being the bad guy he's been chasing for a long time.

What did you think of the Rush Hour pilot? Would you like to see it go further? What do you think of the recent TV shows based on movies?


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