Picks and Pans Review: Internal Affairs
updated 11/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
Internal Affairs is the almost perfect cop show. There are lots of wild mysteries to solve: about a kinky sex murder in Vietnam and an identical one in New York City a dozen years later; about a murderous former chief of detectives who's running a crime ring from prison; about a pair of crooked cop brothers who take drugs from junkies and then sell the stuff back to them. Two smart detectives-played by Richard Crenna and Cliff Gorman—wander New York inspecting crime scenes, looking for clues and talking to strange suspects. They do what any good cops should do—they solve their mysteries step by step. And that simple secret is what is perfect about Internal Affairs: It gives you puzzles worth puzzling over; it makes you care whodunit. The imperfect part is Crenna's romance with Kate Capshaw as a gallery owner. She looks at him and at New York and sighs: "It's electric. Can't you feel it?" He looks at New York and growls: "Yeah, but from where I stand, I can feel the danger." Thank goodness, Crenna doesn't spend too much time being tough yet vulnerable for his lady; he spends most of his time solving crime. That's what will bring you back for the second night. Internal Affairs is a sequel to the 1985 mini Doubletake, but this is far better than the original. It is also, by the way, better than the other mini of the week, below.