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Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) has returned to CBS. His new show S.W.A.T. is based on the 2003 Samuel L. Jackson movie of the same name, which in turn was based on the 1975 ABC TV series of the same name. Moore stars as Daniel ‘Hondo’ Harrelson, a member of a specialized team of highly trained police officers tasked with solving violent crimes on the streets of Los Angeles.

When team leader Buck (Louis Ferreira, Motive) makes a terrible mistake and shoots an innocent black teenager, racial tensions rise and he is immediately fired, and Harrelson is made team leader. With his background — he used to be one of those kids — Harrelson’s bosses expect him to bridge the gap between the black community and the police. But for him personally, he is torn between his loyalties to the street and to his team.

Although primarily an action series, in my preview I speculated that S.W.A.T. could become a socially engaged series as well, delivering commentary on the racial tensions between the police and African-American communities. After watching the show, it is clear that that part of the show will get very limited screen time. Perhaps it was a bit too optimistic to expect a CBS police procedural to be something more than just about the police, but I think it is a missed chance nonetheless.

Instead, S.W.A.T. delivers exactly what you’d expect from just the title: an action-packed police procedural with guns, explosions and a high body count. As is often the case, this excitement comes at the expense of the scripts, which are a bit stale, but the show still has a certain flair to it that makes it not unlike Hawaii Five-0. With that in mind, I expect S.W.A.T. to go a long way.

S.W.A.T. airs on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS.

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