Blue Bloods: The Eleventh Season

An already large New York City Irish Catholic family that is heavily involved in law enforcement has become one larger. That is how the eleventh season of the CBC cop/law drama begins. The Reagans have recently discovered that deceased brother and former cop Joe Reagan, who was killed in the line of duty, fathered a son who is now an adult and a cop himself. Joe Hill (played by Will Hochman) is adjusting to the fact that he is part of the NYPD famous Reagan family. The name comes with privilege as well as heavy expectations.

Other storylines, besides the typical police drama ones including trying to stop a drug lord, solving murders, pursuing a rapist, and dealing with an active shooter, involve Danny (played by Donnie Wahlberg) and his partner Baez (played by Marisa Ramirez) going missing during a case leading to his sister and member of the District Attorney’s office, Erin (played by Bridget Moynahan) and brother and fellow cop, Jamie (played by Will Estes) taking part in the search for the missing cops. Their father and Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (played by Tom Selleck) has his own battles as he has to take on City Council Speaker Regina Thomas (played by Whoopie Goldberg) in regards to protests over police brutality.

There is a certain comfort in getting what you expect from a television series. Having set types of storylines is not necessarily a bad thing as long as the direction and acting are strong. This is often the case with the best/popular cop, firefighter, lawyer, or hospital dramas. There are only a certain amount of stories you can tell against these backdrops. How the writers have kept things interesting here is that much of the focus in season 11 is on the unique points of view of each of the Reagans and how that affects how they see things and their behaviour. And subsequently, how they act affects the other family members.

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