Boo to The Oath (HOOQ). This new crime drama stars Sean Bean and True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten as father and son members of a squad of corrupt cops. Theirs is one of many “cop gangs” — in an unspecified LA-meets-Miami city (doubled by Puerto Rico) — who spend more time breaking laws than enforcing them, thinking of ways to crawl out of the hole they’ve dug for themselves each time a deal goes south.
Okay, The Oath, executive-produced by rapper Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, isn’t really that new because it feels like a clunky rehash of The Shield, filtered through Shades of Blue, Training Day, and Sons of Anarchy. No, wait, there’s more: Add a dash of West Side Story (sans the musical numbers) involving a forbidden (but unconvincing) inter-gang romance.
I can put up with the lack of originality (not really) but does the show have to take itself so seriously? Does being gritty mean a total absence of humour? Besides, it’s really hard to take this show seriously when the gangs are called Ravens, Berserkers and Vipers. Real conspicuous, fellas.
Watch it on: HOOQ