TV show ‘Lethal Weapon’ is a refreshing break from reality


Clayne Crawford attends the “Lethal Weapon” screening and panel discussion at the 2016 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The reboot series of the popular movie franchise “Lethal Weapon” aired last week on Sept. 21 on Fox.

For those who aren’t familiar with “Lethal Weapon,” there’s no need to get too upset. This is the sort of show that comes a dime a dozen.

It’s in the same tier of entertainment that brings us movies like Fast and Furious, and other similar thrill-based comedy/drama conglomerates.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the show isn’t extremely enjoyable. To go along with the modern twinge that this show tries to attain, it is highly reminiscent of a series that would appear in a lineup of corny movies or shows that you would watch for fun with your friends when all the parties on campus get shut down for the evening.

The point is, everyone has a night every once in awhile where they need a show like “Lethal Weapon” to fill the void of cheap entertainment and thrills. This is likely the most artistic aspect of this show.

Murtaugh and Briggs are a hilariously goofy combination of people. Their sort of “good cop, bad cop” partnership has been overdone to the point that even the cliché of it seems to be cliché.

Briggs is the highly cynical, definitely suicidal man left devastated by the recent loss of his wife and unborn child. Briggs will literally do the most ridiculous and physically impossible things that you could imagine for the sake of our amazement.

Murtaugh is the old man that gets on your nerves and is constantly getting in the way of Briggs’s escapades, but has his own quirks that become amusing overtime as well.

This partner dynamic almost relates to the first season of “True Detective” in the way that this show seems to take the same sort of partnership and make it as silly as possible.

There is an element about this that is addicting, like free t-shirts or stress balls given out at a fair, as the recipient may not have the room in their life to fit in all these extra and unnecessary flings, but they don’t require any sort of commitment, so it feels wrong not to take them anyway.

Fitting in the new episode of “Lethal Weapon” I assume will be like this, because it’s the sort of show that you watch, and then spend the next 30 minutes contemplating all of the work you could have finished in that time.

“Lethal Weapon” is a show that should be loved for what it is. No one is trying to win an award here for the best or most innovative thriller of all time, but they are bringing an old corny franchise back to life for the sake of cheap amusement.

It is a nice and beneficial to use, a show that literally does not require the listener to think at all. It is a refreshing break from reality to be able to turn off one’s brain and watch Briggs lead the show into unfathomable stupidity.

“Lethal Weapon” is the show to watch, ladies and gentlemen, when all that life requires you to do is breathe and remain conscious for approximately one hour at 8/7c, on Wednesday evenings.

Rating 7/10

Christopher Mueller is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at

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