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Don Johnson back 20 years later in ‘Nash Bridges’ reunion movie

Don Johnson is none the more severe for put on in the primary “Nash Bridges” reunion movie, premiering Saturday (Nov. 27) at 9 p.m. on USA.

Sure, he’s 71 years previous now and sporting a clueless goatee (is that imagined to make him look youthful?), however he’s comfy in his pores and skin as Nash Bridges, the hard-charging, rule-bending Inspector for the SFPD nonetheless working together with his longtime companion, Joe Dominguez (Cheech Marin, now 75 and looking out a bit bored) in present-day San Francisco.

That rule-bending will get Nash into hassle in the opening sequence — a high-speed automotive chase full with pyrotechnics and squealing tires that will get him suspended from the power for what’s imagined to be two weeks. “Your cowboy cop days are over,” his boss, Lieutenant Lena Harris (Diarra Kilpatrick), tells him. But are they?

Cut to a 12 months later and Nash, nonetheless suspended and dealing as a part-time limo driver and bounty hunter (yep), is introduced back onto the power by New Age-y, politically appropriate SIU cop Steve Colton (Joe Dinicol). Nash calls him “a millennial snowflake” and his investigative strategies, which embrace calling perps by their first names throughout interrogation out of respect, get on his Nash’s nerves. Cue the gruff older cop vs. the by-the-book beginner trope. Colton asks Nash’s assist in monitoring down the “Sunset Serial Killer” — who’s been terrorizing town — and he, in flip, talks Joe, who’s now working a pot dispensary known as Joe’s Barbary Coast (tagline: “Let’s be blunt: Joe knows his stuff”), to affix him as a guide. The murders are linked to an underground world and (in fact) a gazillionaire tech guru. You’ll discover out the remainder should you watch the movie.

Paul James and Don Johnson sitting at a bar and holding drinks in a scene from the "Nash Bridges" movie.
Paul James and Don Johnson in a scene from the “Nash Bridges” reunion movie on USA.
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Fans of the unique collection, which aired on CBS from 1996-2001, might be forgiven in the event that they really feel like they’ve stepped right into a time machine. There’s loads of violence (I misplaced monitor of the variety of folks shot to loss of life), gory struggle scenes and overactive audio results (plenty of splats) that harken back to the CBS model. But that’s OK in the context of a reunion movie. Why meddle with a confirmed method? If it ain’t broke, don’t repair it, even whether it is 20 years later (it’s all concerning the nostalgia issue). Steve Franks has completed a pleasant job of this together with his three “Psych” reunion motion pictures, which additionally air on USA, so perhaps the community execs have been pondering alongside these traces in bringing back “Nash Bridges.”

Jeff Perry returns as shut-in tech-head Harvey Leek — who hasn’t left his home in over six years — as does Nash’s yellow Barracuda convertible, a fixture in the unique collection. There’s some lip service paid to in the present day’s occasions, together with a trans SIU colleague, Chloe Zane (Alexia Garcia), and Nash mentions his (unseen) grown daughter, Cassidy, in passing (she’s working for Amy Intelligence). She was performed in the unique collection by Jodi Lynn O’Keefe. Angela Ko and Paul James spherical out the SIU group as Ellie Tang and Keith “Philly” Morton.

Don Johnson and Cheech Marin in a scene from the original "Nash Bridges" series, holding guns and standing against a brick wall.
Don Johnson and Cheech Marin in the unique “Nash Bridges,” which aired on CBS from 1996-2001.
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The movie’s ending leaves the door huge open for a doable second installment of this iteration of “Nash Bridges.” That will rely upon viewership, and the two-hour movie is briskly paced and fascinating sufficient to attract followers back for a second go-round ought to that be the case.

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