Good Cop Episode Three: Warren Brown’s Sav continues to be rocked with guilt as he delivers the eulogy at Andy’s funeral
Judging by the comments left under my reviews of the first two episodes of the Good Cop people are generally enjoying this moody cop drama however the ratings don’t seem to be reflecting this as overnight data suggested that more people were watching The Bletchley Circle than this show. After two fairly violent weeks in which we’ve seen Warren Brown’s John Paul Rocksavage take the lives of two of the men who fatally injured his partner this third episode settled down somewhat despite the insinuation that he may strike again though things are getting more dangerous. Having killed Callum Rose last week Sav is now trying to cover his tracks while at the same time try to search for Rose’s murderer who DCI Costello describes as someone who shouldn’t be allowed to get away with murder. At the same time we see the latest member of Finch’s gang, Jonjo Heinz, bought in for questioning with Sav once again circling around him and raising the suspicions of Costello, who never seems like he quite trusts Sav, as he constantly enquires to how far the investigation has got. Meanwhile Sav and Amanda track down an eyewitness to the murder who said he spotted a man leaving Rose’s flat at the time of the murder, which obviously was Sav, marking out his trainers for being distinctive which in turn leads our anti-hero to throw his trainers away thinking that he’s in the clear.
It transpires though that somebody else saw him that night as Amanda and Sav are called over to a local shop they discover that the owner’s estranged husband, Bradley Pearson, has been staying there for the past three days after she kicked him out for kissing another woman. As Bradley would’ve been looking out of the window Sav fears he may have seen him leave however it is worse than that as they actually bumped into each other on that night thankfully Mr Pearson has more on his mind. This is because the Pearsons’ story not only plays into Rose’s murder but also becomes one of the crimes of the week as Bradley abducts the couple’s son having not been allowed to see him since the separation. Amanda and Sav are busy this week though because on top of this domestic disturbance storyline they’re also dealing with a father who has gone after the 25 year old who’s dating his 14 year old daughter. Though we see this crime covered over a handful of scenes it is never really resolved this week however I feel that both of these stories relate to Sav’s relationship with Cassandra.
We know that Sav, like Bradley Pearson, hasn’t been allowed to see his child and Cassie was also very young when they dated with both elements adding to John Paul’s anguish over not ever meeting his daughter. While his colleagues suggest he write her a letter, a piece of advice Sav later passes onto Pearson, he instead creepily takes pictures of Cassie and Liberty later spotting a man who may be a new boyfriend but who will probably turn out to be Cassie’s brother. Later he sees her face to face but can’t admit his feelings but a one line letter may well have done the trick however I’m finding that of all the stories in Good Cop this is the one that doesn’t get enough time to develop. Thankfully we’ve got more of Michael Angelis as John Paul’s father who is worried about his son and suggests he find some joy in his life once the murder investigation has been cleared up. I really enjoy these father and son segments and think Brown and Angelis work incredibly well together especially in a scene where they reminisce about Sav’s mother on the anniversary of her death. In fact it is great to see both Aisling Loftus and Angelis being used more this episode as both actors have had little to do however judging from what happens throughout this episode they’ll both be major payers in the final instalment.
Though there wasn’t as much progression as in previous weeks for me this episode did include the most poignant scene as Sav had to deliver the eulogy at Andy’s funeral. The whole funeral scene was totally moving as we saw the pall-bearers carry the coffin in slow motion as a sea of people in police uniform looked on. Personally I don’t think Warren Brown has been better in this series as he was when delivering the speech that Sav had been agonising about all episode. This scene alone was so emotionally-draining that I can forgive the writers for slowing down the pace elsewhere as we all hurtle towards next week’s climax.
While I did enjoy this week’s episode there wasn’t one climactic incident such as Andy’s attack or Callum’s murder but instead this was a series of segments designed to filter into the final episode. The performances throughout were excellent once again but Brown is now really growing into his role as the funeral scene attested to as did his constant guilt over the recent murder he committed. I had my doubts about Brown to start off with but he’s totally convincing as the everyman who is trying to justify what he has done as right. As always the drama looks very stylish and I’m enjoying the final scenes with Sav reading passage of books to his dad which relate to the plot of the show, this week it was the invisible man, as it’s something a bit different and adds to the feel of the show. Going into next week I know we’ll find out if Cassie lets Sav see Libby, if Mr Rocksavage finds out about his grandfather and ultimately whether Sav will go down for his crimes and I for one can’t wait.
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