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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.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPilot||GANG RELATED centers on Detective RYAN LOPEZ (Ramon Rodriguez), a rising star in Los Angeles’ elite Gang Task Force who long before he became a cop, pledged allegiance to a different band of brothers – a powerful Latino gang called Los Angelicos. When Ryan’s best friend and police partner is senselessly killed by a notorious gang member, he teams up with longtime Task Force member CASSIUS GREEN, who has been at the forefront of the city’s war on organized crime. Despite his profession, Ryan is still beholden to the gang’s leader, JAVIER ACOSTA, the father figure he has tried to make proud his entire life and the man who masterminded his entry into the police force. It’s a secret that has been held for a decade by Ryan, Javier and Javier’s sons: cold-blooded gang lieutenant CARLOS; and straight-laced investment banker DANIEL, Ryan’s childhood best friend. But Ryan is starting to realize that he might be more dedicated to being a cop than he is to Los Angelicos. He is respected by his team, including TAE KIM, VERONICA “VEE” DOTSEN and Task Force leader SAM CHAPEL, Ryan’s other surrogate father figure, whose estranged daughter, JESSICA, is the city’s Assistant District Attorney.||45:09||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSangre Por Sangre||Ryan must track down rival gang members who shot Carlos, in order both to avoid a gang war and to cover up his own involvement in the shooting. Meanwhile, Ryan gets closer to Jessica, who is investigating another shooting, and finds himself genuinely falling for her.||42:25||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPecados del Padre||Ryan and the Gang Task Force bring a Colombian snitch to Federal Court to testify, but are ambushed en route. Ryan is torn between his Task Force duties and giving up the snitch’s location to help Javier and the Acosta family go legit.||42:39||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPerros||The gang task force busts a sex-trafficking ring.||42:43||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoInvierno Cayo||Carlos taints another gang’s meth shipment in order to drive business toward Los Angelicos’ fishscale supply. But his plan backfires and causes a world of trouble for his family and for the GTF.||42:11||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEntre Dos Tierras||Daniel puts himself at risk in an attempt to make up for money he unintentionally mismanaged, while Carlos grows increasingly mistrustful of Javier’s plan to “legitimize” Los Angelicos.||42:57||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRegreso Del Infierno||With Daniel held hostage and the clock ticking, Ryan engages in a dangerous heist to steal back the confiscated fishscale.||41:58||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEl Zorro y el Gallinero||A change to California’s “Three Strikes” law causes additional trouble for the GTF. Meanwhile, Jessica sees Silvia pay Ryan a visit, and Carlos sets forth on his path toward usurping Javier's seat as head of Los Angelicos.||42:05||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDia De Todos Los Santos||An explosion set off by the Meta gang during a Los Angelicos festival leads to plans for retaliation. Tio Gordo kills a Meta gang member and word gets back to the head of the gang, who demands that Javier kill him to not further escalate the feud. Then, Jessica discovers the identity of the woman she saw at Ryan’s home and shares the information with Carter.||42:12||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEl Buey Y el Alacran||Ryan arrests Javier and, in doing so, proves his loyalty to the GTF. Across town, Daniel realizes he's lost all credibility in the banking industry and begins to embrace his true identity as the heir-apparent to Los Angelicos.||42:53||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLa Luz Verde||We learn there was more to Javier’s arrest than meets the eye, and Jessica makes a startling discovery about Ryan.||42:05||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAlmadena||Ryan has Javier make a deal with the D.A.’s office as the Metas begin to solve the mystery regarding Salazar’s death. Meanwhile, Jessica reveals Ryan’s secret to Ellis, and Daniel emerges as a leader within the Los Angelicos.||41:33||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|13||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMalandros||Daniel uses his wedding to finalize a deal between Javier and Lavar Quintel. Chapel leads his team into Mexico to find Matias, who he believes is responsible for a heinous murder.||41:49||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDVideoGang Related First Look||Executive Producer Brian Grazer and the cast give a sneak peek of the gritty new action-drama set on the streets of Los Angeles.||2:58||Free||View in iTunes|
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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?