The cop drama follows the titular character, Detective Robert Ironside, as he continues to work for the police after a traumatic shooting that left him in a wheelchair. Ironside constantly bucks authority and fights crime his own way, and in the pilot he ultimately chooses to investigate a case to punish those responsible for a woman’s suicide despite the fact he had realized her death wasn’t a murder.
It’s Ironside himself who is the most interesting part of the show’s pilot. It’s eventually revealed that his former partner Gary Stanton (Brent Sexton) who hit Ironside with friendly fire and left him injured. Though it hasn’t kept Ironside from the field, it’s clear that he’s dealing with some demons from that accident. Maybe that is what caused him to take such a dark turn and walk the line between being a risk-taking detective and someone who goes a step too far.
“Ironside” will likely follow a case-of-the-week format, but the show looks like it will end up being a great character study. If you’re not on board with Ironside, then chances are this show isn’t for you. But if you find him intriguing and want to hopefully understand more of the mystery of his personality, than “Ironside” should set itself apart from other similar police procedurals of its ilk.
“Ironside” airs Wednesdays on NBC at 10 p.m. ET.