Don Johnson returned as Nash Bridges this Saturday night, with Cheech Marin’s Joe Dominguez again holding a shotgun. Has the USA Network reunion movie proved worthy of a series revival?
The two-hour film — which the producers at one point hoped would serve as a backdoor pilot for a full-series relaunch — was picked up with Nash and Joe chasing Trevor Garrison, a villain involved in the teenage girl trade. . After a gunshot from Joe accidentally detonates a nearby gas truck (but also KO’s Trevor), both he and Nash nevertheless receive a two-week suspension from the SIU (Special Investigations Unit) of the San Francisco PD.
Jump to a year later, and Nash is still riding the pine when he’s invited by Captain Lena Harris (who rose through the ranks with Nash’s daughter Cassidy, now in the military) to rejoin SIU to finally find a to solve a serial killer case. Technically report to a young man named Steven Colton (Arrow‘s Joe Dinicol), Nash convinces Joe to part ways with his cannabis dispensary and serve as an occasional high consultant. Rounding out the existing SIU are Ellie (bigger’s Angela Ko), her boyfriend Keith (the last ship’s Paul James), and Chloe (Attitude‘s Alexia Garcia), the force’s first transgender agent and the niece of Nash’s old colleague “No-Neck” Nick.
Although only brought back to work on the serial killer case, Nash defies/slides away from Steven whenever he can to try to get the goods (again) on Trevor Garrison, who was compromised during his suspension. Trevor is involved with Trumanik, a Ukrainian American who has Garrison incarcerated soon after being arrested. Nash eventually links the serial murders to what Trevor/Trumanik were involved in – a sort of underground hybrid of fight club and running man, in which the very wealthy bet on who would win brutal confrontations.
Ellie goes undercover to infiltrate the club and even get herself booked for a fight, but as such is injected with nanobots that can, among other things, activate a “kill switch” if Trumanik says so. Fortunately, just as Trumanik — sensible for Ellie as an agent — has her kill switch activated, Nash grabs a large weapon from the fight club’s arsenal and slaughters the electrical box, shutting down the computers. Nash gets quite the shock from the act and Trumanik nearly gets him, but Nash pulls out his gun just in time to drop the bad guy. (It turns out, though, that Trevor Garrison’s dad was actually the man behind the man behind the man, but it’s now in the hands of the NSA because of its involvement in the nanotech.)
With the serial killer case (and then some) settled, Steven admits that the SIU could be taking advantage of “old school” Nash hanging out — even if he tries Steven’s sister, the SFPD psychiatrist (played by Bonnie Somerville). to put to bed. Nash, in turn, drives to Joe’s pharmacy and invites a grumbling “Bubba” to come back by his side.
What did you think of the Nash Bridges movie? Assuming it landed on Peacock (since the US is pretty much out of the scripted TV business), would you be a game for a full revival series?