A midseason 2023 TV show from ABC, Will Trent is one of the few I decided to give a chance from the lineup. A crime drama that tries to be a little different, let’s see if it is.
Will Trent (2023) ABC TV Pilot Review
Hated by police but an exceptional talent reading crime scenes with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Will Trent (Ramón Rodríguez) has few connections in his life. Growing up in the foster system, the memories haunt him, but he lives a lifestyle that he lets few break. Despite bringing down a group of corrupt cops and hated for it, he’s brought in on one of the police’s newest cases where a teenage girl is murdered, and her mother (Jennifer Morrison) has murdered the perpetrator.
Will’s assessment of the scene finds inconsistencies and picks up things that the entire team of investigators don’t see. Paired reluctantly with a detective named Faith (Iantha Richardson), Will discovers that there’s more to this case than first glance implies.🕵🏻♂️🐕‘WILL TRENT’: FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE HEAVILY PROMOTED ABC DRAMA🐕🕵🏻♂️ #WILLTRENT THOUGHTS ON THE PILOT OF THIS 2023 ABC SHOW. #TVSHOWS #REVIEWS #REVIEW #TVREVIEW #HULU Click To Tweet
ABC did seem to promote this one heavily. It’s one that I’d also read about months ago and now that it’s here, I decided to give it a chance. Will Trent is, based on this pilot, an interesting concept. Based on novels, the cast is good and it’s fun to see Erika Christensen in something that isn’t a television film, since she is a good actress. Everyone else plays a memorable role (so far) too and I enjoyed seeing unfamiliar names and faces in these roles. The connections are good and they have potential to form deeper bonds than what we already know. One I suspect will amp up is the new partnership between Will and Faith while the other I suspect will break hearts.
With potential to be a solid new addition to the lineup, we’ll see where Will Trent goes. So far it’s something with the possibility of deeper emotions. It also ends on a cliffhanger which makes me question whether the season will follow one story or take a break from this introductory case and revisit it later. I prefer the one and done slot scenario, however I’m doubtful about that. Time will tell, either way, the pilot is good enough to make us curious.
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Content: There’s a bloody scene kicking this all off. We see a young girls dead body and the struggle through a slanted viewpoint; a woman struggles with an attacker holding a knife (they tumble down a flight of stairs and them a person chokes another out in self-defense, there are bloody prints and blood everywhere). There’s a scene of two people making out and removing clothing (she straddles him) and implications of an extra marital affair. There’s implications that someone has a serious drug problem and perhaps other “vices.” The pilot rates TV-14.