Season 3 kicks off with Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) trapped in his new unwanted job in PR, which means that the 99 are forced to face a series of replacements, including the frankly awful, Vulture (Dean Winters). It’s an amusing premise, seeing Holt struggle with the menial tasks Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch (Kyra Sedgewick) sets him as well as how Gina (Chelsea Peretti) responds to her new environment.
Meanwhile back in the 99, Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) are finally on the same page and seeing them together is surprisingly satisfying. Sometimes when a “will they, won’t they” couple gets together it sucks the life out of a show but Jake and Amy are fun together and watching her attempts to domesticate him are really funny.
It’s not all sunshine though. The arrival of Adrian Pimento (Jason Mantzoukas), an unhinged detective returning from deep cover doesn’t really work and his relationship with Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) is just weird. Boyle also has a new partner in fellow foodie, Genevieve (Mary Lynn Rajskub), which brings nothing to the show.
To make it worse I didn’t love the witness protection bit towards the end of the series. The whole point of Brooklyn-99 is that we want to see the characters in Brooklyn… not in Florida.
This is not to say that season 3 is bad. It still has loads of laughs, it just doesn’t really measure up to the first two seasons and it didn’t make me particularly excited to watch the fourth season, which we’ve yet to really get into.