Normally, I am not too fond of TV shows or movies that try to be
more than one thing at a time. Fortunately, New Amsterdam is one of those
exceptions. It is both an excellent police show and a fabulous scifi/fantasy
show as well.
The show is about John, a New York City police detective who
can't die. When he was young and visiting the New World, he was stabbed trying
to defend an Indian woman. The indian women, including a shaman, did something
to him with smoke and herbs that would prevent him from ever dying or growing
Now, of course this story has been done before in shows like
"Highlander", "Angel" and the more recent "Moonlight". Like the heroes of those
shows, John bemoans the fact that the is not mortal or human any more, and he
would like to grow old and die. I have to confess that's one aspect of these
shows I never could understand. How many of us would love to never grow old or
But anyway, this show has one "catch" that the others don't.
He has to find his one true love (which they call "The One") and mate with her,
then he will finally become mortal again. In the first episode, he has a
heart attack just because she is nearby. So now he knows, after living for 400
years, that he can finally find her. Trouble is, she's the doctor who
pronounced him dead after the heart attack.
Assisting John are his son, Omar, who is in his 60's; and his
new cop partner, Eva Marquez. All of the acting is great. The actor who
plays John, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, is Danish, but he manages to hide his accent
for the most part. You might expect that someone who has lived so long and moved
around might have a strange accent. Then again, it appears that he's lived
in New York for the last 200 years, so it is a little weird that he doesn't have
a really strong New York accent!
Despite the few flaws, such as the fact that it moves a little
slow, like an old film noir, it is a really good show and worth checking out. I
plan to keep watching!
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