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Boomtown is a crime drama that aired on NBC for one 18 episode season and a second 6 episode season. Lasted from September, 2002 to December, 2003. It follows a crime from the point of view of the 7 main cast members and anyone else whose POV is important to the episode. This series provides gripping drama, three dimensional leads, some pretty good mystery plots, and all it asks in return is that you pay attention. Which is probably why it only persisted in its original form for the first season.
After the critically acclaimed first season, the show was hit with massive Executive Meddling. Andrea, one of the original seven, was written out of the show despite David McNoriss' arc being closely tied to her. Massive character derailment was given to each surviving member of the cast. But the final nail is that in this season it lost the Rashomon Style format that the show was famous for.
The seven original main cast members:
- Tom: A second generation cop who has his retired dad bugging him all the time. He arguably has the least screen time and development.
- Ray: A beat cop accused of stealing money from his old assignment in Vista Heights. Emphatically claims to be innocent.
- Fearless: Ex military homicide detective with a list of 100 things to do before he dies. Also the writer's favourite character. He gets more screen time and development than anyone else, possibly due to being a holdout character from a pilot script for what would eventually be turned into Boomtown.
- Joel: Dealing with the loss of his newborn daughter and his wife's subsequent suicide attempt.
- Theresa: Became a paramedic after her mother died. Mostly defined as a possible love interest for Joel. Quits being a paramedic to join the police academy at the beginning of the second season.
- David McNorris: A cutthroat district attorney who's cheating on his wife with Andrea and has a drinking problem.
- Andrea: A reporter and daughter of an orange mogul whose character is mostly defined by her relationship to David McNorris.
- Acceptable Breaks From Reality: Cops don't tend to always work with the same D.A.s and reporters case after case.
- Anachronic Order
- Cop Show: The first season, to a point. Definitely this by the second season.
- Crime-Time Soap
- Rashomon Style: The main draw for the show.
Episodes of this series provide examples of:
- Ad Break Double Take: Happens in the pilot.
- Asshole Victim: Possession, Fearless.
- Belated Backstory: Despite being a member of the main cast, we get very little insight into Theresa's backstory until the 5th episode.
- But I Digress: Ray has a habit of talking about unrelated things while on the job.
- Chekhov's Gun: The death of Joel's son to SIDS is mentioned in the pilot only briefly, but is the focus of the first season's finale.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Andrea in season two.
- Clear My Name: Joel in "Lost Child."
- Dirty Cop: It turns out one of the supporting cops is working as an inside man for one of the city's many gangs.
- Disgusting Public Toilet: In the pilot.
- Halloween Episode: All Hallow's Eve.
- Happy Birthday to You: According to the DVD commentary, the reason Fearless sings "I can see Clearly Now" in "Fearless" instead of "Happy Birthday to you" is that "I Can See Clearly Now" cost less to license.
- Last-Minute Reprieve: The villain in "Execution" has a cop kidnapped to get one.
- Love Triangle: Two of them.
- Modesty Bedsheet: A few times.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Fearless' friend who died in the war returns to comfort him on his birthday in "Fearless".
- Passed Over Promotion: Tom states this as the reason he doesn't like Joel.
- Police Brutality: In the second episode Tom says the best case scenario for a guy in a high speed chase is that they stop him and beat him with their sticks.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections: The attitude of a character in The David McNorris Show
- Something Completely Different: The episode "Fearless" takes place entirely from Frealess's point of view.
- Smoking Is Cool: Fearless is a smoker.
- Sympathetic Criminal: Unintentionally in "Possession". Played straight in "All Hallow's Eve" and "Insured by Smith and Wesson."
- Title Drop: In the pilot. "Living the dream in Boomtown."