Don Johnson back after 20 years for ‘Nash Bridges’ reunion movie

Don Johnson is none the worse for use in the to start with “Nash Bridges” reunion film, premiering Saturday (Nov. 27) at 9 p.m. on United states.

Certain, he’s 71 decades previous now and sporting a clueless goatee (is that meant to make him glimpse young?), but he’s comfortable in his pores and skin as Nash Bridges, the challenging-charging, rule-bending Inspector for the SFPD still functioning with his longtime spouse, Joe Dominguez (Cheech Marin, now 75 and seeking a little bit bored) in current-day San Francisco.

That rule-bending will get Nash into trouble in the opening sequence — a substantial-speed vehicle chase entire with pyrotechnics and squealing tires that gets him suspended from the drive for what is meant to be two weeks. “Your cowboy cop days are over,” his manager, Lieutenant Lena Harris (Diarra Kilpatrick), tells him. But are they?

Cut to a 12 months later on and Nash, even now suspended and operating as a aspect-time limo driver and bounty hunter (yep), is introduced back again on to the force by New Age-y, politically correct SIU cop Steve Colton (Joe Dinicol). Nash calls him “a millennial snowflake” and his investigative approaches, which incorporate calling perps by their first names throughout interrogation out of regard, get on his Nash’s nerves. Cue the gruff older cop vs. the by-the-reserve newbie trope. Colton asks Nash’s enable in monitoring down the “Sunset Serial Killer” — who’s been terrorizing the town — and he, in change, talks Joe, who’s now jogging a pot dispensary known as Joe’s Barbary Coast (tagline: “Let’s be blunt: Joe understands his stuff”), to be part of him as a advisor. The murders are linked to an underground earth and (of program) a gazillionaire tech guru. You’ll locate out the rest if you enjoy 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 motion picture on United states of america.
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Enthusiasts of the initial sequence, which aired on CBS from 1996-2001, will be forgiven if they experience like they’ve stepped into a time device. There’s plenty of violence (I lost keep track of of the quantity of individuals shot to death), gory battle scenes and overactive audio results (tons of splats) that harken back to the CBS edition. But that’s Okay in the context of a reunion movie. Why meddle with a established components? If it ain’t broke, really don’t correct it, even if it is two many years later on (it’s all about the nostalgia factor). Steve Franks has done a great position of this with his three “Psych” reunion flicks, which also air on United states, so probably the community execs were contemplating along these strains in bringing back “Nash Bridges.”

Jeff Perry returns as shut-in tech-head Harvey Leek — who has not left his residence in about six years — as does Nash’s yellow Barracuda convertible, a fixture in the initial sequence. There’s some lip provider paid to today’s times, such as a trans SIU colleague, Chloe Zane (Alexia Garcia), and Nash mentions his (unseen) developed daughter, Cassidy, in passing (she’s working for Amy Intelligence). She was played in the first collection by Jodi Lynn O’Keefe. Angela Ko and Paul James spherical out the SIU crew 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 initial “Nash Bridges,” which aired on CBS from 1996-2001.
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The movie’s ending leaves the door huge open for a feasible next installment of this iteration of “Nash Bridges.” That will count on viewership, and the two-hour motion picture is briskly paced and fascinating more than enough to attract followers back again for a second go-spherical need to that be the case.