The creators of the hit comedy cop show Brooklyn Nine-Nine have insisted that Season seven’s twist, the sidelining of Captain Raymond Holt, isn’t merely a re-hash of previous seasons, when the captain was also demoted.
Now on season seven, the dedicated and deadpan Holt (Andre Braugher) finds himself bested by his arch-enemy Madeline Wuntch (Kyra Sedgwick), forced into a menial position due to Wuntch having become acting commissioner. The rivalry between the two had supposedly been instigated by Wuntch’s discovery that Holt had only spent one month as a beat cop before he became a detective – although in truth, the realization that Holt was gay, and therefore had no interest in Wuntch’s sexual advances, was probably more to blame.
Previously, Holt’s fall from grace was due to his and Jake trying to steer clear of notorious mobster Jimmy ‘The Butcher’ Figgis. As a result, the end of season four saw them stuck in Florida for six months, a US state thoroughly loathed by Jake. Yet Daniel Goor, the co-creator of the series, claimed that Holt’s change in position was different this time, due to Holt not having been physically removed.
“This guy who was the boss is now the lowest-ranking member of the squad,” Goor stated. He also added that “Interestingly, I would say Jake is probably having more trouble with (it),” as he’s now superior to his long-time boss and mentor. Furthermore, Holt finds it hard to keep his sense of integrity while being forced to work with eccentric officer Debbie Fogel, whose habits he finds hard to manage.
On top of this, Captain Kim, Holt’s replacement, is someone who seems far too nice to believe, hinting at the possibility of something unpleasant being revealed down the line. At very least, it makes it hard for Jake and Holt to understand what drives her.
Season seven of Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiers on Feb. 6.
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