Lincoln Rhyme: The Bone Collector Review: A generic fare, but has some decent gripping moments

Aparnna Hajirnis -

Lincoln Rhyme: The Bone Collector Review: A generic fare, but has some decent gripping moments
Sony Liv
Movie Rated


The Series follows legendary forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme played by Russell Hornsby, in his hunt for a diabolic serial killer.

Format: Series
Platform: Sony Liv
Movie Rated: 16+
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: Hindi
Digital Premiere Date: 26 June 2020


What is it about? 
Lincoln Rhyme: The Bone Collector is a police series that revolves around an unlikely partnership. After being injured at the hands of an elusive serial killer, gifted NYPD forensic criminalist and detective Lincoln Rhyme (Russell Hornsby) is paralyzed and unable to work out on the field. Three years later, after uncovering evidence that the same serial killer, known as “The Bone Collector” (Brian F. O’Byrne) thanks to the human bones he leaves behind, NYPD Officer Amelia Sachs (Arielle Kebbel) finds herself working closely with Rhyme to uncover the trail of victims in hopes of catching him. They make an odd pair, but together with Detective Michael Selitto (Michael Imperioli), Detective Eric Castillo (Ramses Jimenez), and other members of the forensics team, the two are committed to finding him. 

This series attempts to adapt Jefferey Deaver’s tension-filled cat-and-mouse story into a conventional police procedural, with less than great results. Unlike the successful 1999 film adaptation, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector is forced to rely on secondary storylines, some of which revolve on characters' private lives, in order to keep the story flowing from episode to episode. But rather than enhancing the backbone of the story, these plotlines are predictable and rely on flashbacks and CGI to increase the show’s hype. As a result, viewers are left with a crime drama that's only mildly entertaining. 

It follows appropriately, then, that Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector is a thoroughly average broadcast drama with good lead performances from Russell Hornsby and Arielle Kebbel. Hornsby is very effective, if perhaps too likeable, and I always enjoy watching O'Byrne's work, which is unexpectedly understated thus far. Kebbel is solid, even if her character is defined through clumsy exposition or through other characters' comments. The pilot uses Amelia's relationship with her sister (Courtney Grosbeck) to bring in some tension in their personal dynamics. Imperioli, Lyons and Ellington are similarly solid and similarly underused.

Music and other departments
The music is just the usual, the songs played in the background are quite befitting to the theme of the group. This show's writing is nondescript — not bad but failing to capture the precocity that unites Lincoln and his psychopathic quarry.

The series moves fast and efficiently sets up a workable series that could blend weekly procedural elements with an ongoing - and very familiar - serial killer mystery.

Though fast-paced, the show is very generic. It is a cop drama straight from the 90s with CGI effects from the 2020 era.

Did I Enjoy It?
Lincoln Rhyme currently lacks the oomph it needs to be the kind of breakout hit contained within its predecessors. While the characters are completely watchable, they’re far from dynamic. So, I didn't really enjoy the show

Do I Recommend It?
It is a one-time watch, also it is now cancelled. 




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