The revamped Rush, now with Rodger Corser, Catherine McClements, Samuel Johnson and several newcomers is very good indeed. It opens with a high-octane chase, distinguished by a stunning helicopter shot over Melbourne and a frenetic footrace enacted by a nimble stuntman.
Unlike the suited cowboys of City Homicide, the Rush squad resemble a SWAT team. They are armed with high tech communications, including mobile cameras, which add to the show’s contemporary feel. It is chockful of hand-held camera work, overlapping dialogue and tense music. You can certainly sense a revamped Police Rescue DNA here (its pilot was based on one of their scripts), with a dose of 24 to boot. While Rodger Corser shines as the Team Leader, Sam Johnson works at the Operations Centre, co-ordinating the team via TV screens, computers and radio.
Elsewhere in the cast, Catherine McClements arrives to Rush as a gutsy Inspector, while Callan Mulvey is a tough but temperamental Sergeant. Nicole da Silva, who was so strong in Edwards’ Dangerous for FOX8, will also be one to watch.
As with Seven’s cops, Rush is part of a generic ‘State Police’ which allows producers to depict a flawed force. Police violence rears its head in the opening episode. Significantly, the drama also dares to give some of its stories an imperfect ending, creating a more realistic sense of police life than the heroes we are usually presented with in this genre.
These traits alone suggest Rush is worth the ride.