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Gang Related, Season 1HDTV-14

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In the gritty new action-drama GANG RELATED, Det. RYAN LOPEZ (Ramon Rodriguez, “Battle Los Angeles,” “The Wire”) is a rising star in Los Angeles’ elite Gang Task Force. What the world doesn’t know is that long before Ryan became a cop, he pledged allegiance to a different band of brothers – a powerful Latino gang – Los Angelicos.

Customer Reviews

Pretentious and Shallow

Gang related opens to an origination scene of a young hispanic American who is presented with gang life by the bully son of a gang leader and his younger sibling a local friend. A viewer will immediately groan as the shaggy dog story is played out, but it turns out this is the high point of the show. The producers of Gang Related take a fairly capable set of actors and dress them in cartoon character histories that shows an incredible tone deafness to nuances of story telling. The hispanic cop gets reintroduced to use during an implausible armored car robber with limpet mines and mass casualties that would have had any other officer fired that instead results in a standing ovation at his gang unit. Reality is completely violated when he and his partner, carrying a pretty strong BAC, enter a dark warehouse in pursuit of a tagger and both get shot. So far I have avoided telling of the heavy handed plot twist that will turn the shaggy dog story into a 'what side is he on’ quizzer, because when the scene of the “powerful" Korean cop holding bolts that sear flesh with third degree charing in his hand, or the cop from “Harlem” with an accent that would normally be heard in a racist parody of inner city language, I stopped being able to watch the show.

Viewers who want a realistic look at gangs made with high art should look to the Wire. Less realistic but masterly crafted the Shield also fills the bill. Gang Related has some actors who could do neat things, but they are tied to impossible characters.

Has my Attention!

One episode, i’m ready to see more! That has to be one of the most explosive pilots to a show i’ve seen. I want more!

I didn’t like it.

First off, it is surprising that this aired on Fox, not on FX. Let’s set aside the violence for a moment.

Have you seen “Training Day” or “Sons of Anarchy” - do you vaguely remember Sean Penn in “Colors”?

If you’ve seen any of those than you’ve probably watched a more enjoyable production than this pilot. Who knows, perhaps this show will get better, but I didn’t enjoy the pilot.

Visually, half the scenes reminded me of standard LA gang movie cliche. There’s even a lamely filmed motorcycle scene where a motorcyclist is filmed traveling towards and away from downtown on the same bridge in a poorly arranged series of fast cuts.

You’ll see cameos from excellent actors like Emilio Rivera (from SOA) and you’ll stop to do double take when you see yet another SOA alum (Jay Karnes, who played an evil ATF agent on SOA) playing a pencil pusher.

Put visually, and story wise, I thought there were a lot of cliches. The strip club shooting at the end was like the death of Alonzo in “Training Day”.

Did Javier Acosta order the death of his son? By the end I didn’t care.

Also, if two groups of drug dealers are getting together to do a major drug deal, why would they do it in the middle of the Santa Ana raceway at high noon?

Gang Related, Season 1
View in iTunes $9.99
  • HD Version
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: May 20, 2014
  • CCin English for some episodes

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