The newest episode of APB Season 1 opens with Chicago abuzz with telephone noise, all due to Gideon Reeves‘ (Justin Kirk) new APB App. Gideon himself then struts through the streets of the Windy City before smashing a window to show the world how quickly police response times are thanks to his aforementioned app. The app isn’t ending all crime, however, as we see a pharmacy held up shortly thereafter.
Back at the 13th District HQ, Gideon is talking with the precinct about his new plans and procedures for them. His speech is interrupted by a report of the above mentioned robbery and soon Gideon and Detective Theresa Murphy (Natalie Martinez) are on the case. They tear through the streets with abandon in pursuit of their suspect until a young girl his struck by the robber and Murphy and Reeves must end the chase to tend to her.
Detective Murphy deduces that their pharmacy robbery suspect has a long history of similar crimes. After recovering the perp’s mask at the last crime scene, the police set to tracking him down with the help of Zingo the police dog who makes his first appearance on APB Season 1. Zingo is quickly on the trail, all too quickly in fact when he gets caught in an explosion caused by the perp setting fire to his getaway car.
Gideon combs through the charred car for clues and finds none. That is until Detective Murphy realizes the recent mods to the vehicle may lead back to an illegal racing ring she’s been investigating for a while Reeves and Murphy then question the mechanic that did the modifications and find out that the name of the robber and hit and run driver was Jed Baxter.
Meanwhile, Brandt (Taylor Handley) wrestles with Zingo’s injuries-hopefully non-fatal-and Reeves hires on Pete in law enforcement, an engineer who is quickly expanding Reeves’ arsenal of hi-tech gadgetry. What seems like the entire 13th then sets out to find Jed Baxter and soon Cobb (William Smillie) does exactly that. Baxter is then chased by Cobb and Murphy while Reeves pilots a drone soaring high above them.
Murphy pulls over to attend to another of Baxter’s hit and run victims while Reeves tails Baxter through the winding subterranean tunnels of Lower Wacker Drive. The drone begins to lose reception and crashes into a pilon as Baxter makes his getaway. To increase their chances of conducting safer car chases, Detective Murphy gives Gideon a quick primer on how criminal drivers think on the way to dinner at her house.
Reeves and Murphy’s family bond over the meal and it is revealed Gideon is somewhat of a local boy, hailing from Evanston, a near suburb of Chicago. Gideon must cut dinner short when Murphy’s son Mateo gives him the idea to use motorcycles to go after Baxter. Gideon and Dan quickly set to work on creating the bikes and Goss (Tamberla Perry) and Brandt volunteer to use them to track down the bastard that almost killed Zingo. And a little girl, too.
Baxter then shows up on the APB’s radar and Goss and Brandt are off like a shot on their still experimental motorcycles that-according to Pete, formerly known as the wrestler “Block Head” go from 0-60 in 2 seconds. The bikes quickly show their advantages to cars as they zip through small areas and easily avoid pedestrians. As the officers of the 13th make chase, Goss and Brandt deploy spike strips via their new rides. Brandt then gets some revenge in the name of Zingo with a well-placed taser shot and the gang at the 13th District HQ celebrate.
Reeves and Murphy visit the girl struck by Baxter and they are happy to see she is recovering, likely thanks to Gideon hiring new doctors for her. He explains that while he can’t promise that things like this won’t happen again, he is trying. The daughter and her mother thank him and from there Reeves bring the newly retired Zingo to see Brandt. Zingo’s early retirement is due to his new hi-tech prosthetic courtesy of Gideon Reeves and Brandt and Zingo couldn’t be happier at the turn of events.
Murphy’s ex-husband then informs her that he is the head of the Mayor’s task force to root out just what is exactly is going on in the 13th District. With that, the second episode of APB Season 1 comes to a close.
While the episode spared both of their lives, it’s not every drama that follows a child getting hit by a car with a scene of a dog in a car explosion. At the very least, it made Baxter an instant villain deserving of our disdain as viewers.
I wrote about The Dark Knight in my preview of tonight’s episode and I think the idea of Reeves as a “Bruce Wayne late in life” type is an interesting one. Not that Reeves is late in life, but rather his defining moment came far later than young Master Wayne’s. Reeves has a very similar crusade against crime and perhaps Chicago as the backdrop for the film and APB Season 1 makes that connection stronger than it really is. In any case, APB Season 1 is still very much in the spirit of a “comic book show” even though its roots are not in that world and as such it is a fun-if often gritty and brutal-action adventure.
Check back next week for our preview of the third episode of APB Season 1 and check back every week for our exclusive APB Season 1 recaps, previews and spoilers. For more entertainment news and gossip, follow Gossip & Gab on Facebook and Twitter. For more from Justin Hernandez, you can follow him on Twitter.
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