By David Knox on August 28, 2008 / Filed Under Reviews 11

Despite the first night blitz for Packed to the Rafters, Underbelly is still the only breakout drama of 2008.

So while Seven is elated by the audience rapture for City Homicide, Nine also launches its local cops in The Strip. So it was logical for the network light on local drama, TEN, to find its own franchise with Rush. The question will be, is there room for all?

Rush was originally conceived in 2004 as Rapid Response, a critical response unit who tackle everything from hostage sieges to suicide attempts. But it didn’t pick up the option which had starred Mathew Le Nevez, Libby Tanner and Corrine Grant. Fast forward to the US writer’s strike when everyone went back to the drawing board.

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.

Rush premieres 9:30pm Tuesday on TEN.


  1. David Knox October 26, 2010 at 11:35 pm -

    You should contact TEN for specific info on one of their shows, thanks.

  2. Bert Kokshoorn October 26, 2010 at 11:27 pm -

    I found last weeks show somewhat close to the bone in regards to workplace sexual harassment, and it concerns me
    that it portrays the police force and you have work colleges harassing a lady cop about her not having sex for a period
    of time, I think it sets a very dangerous example to the rest of Australia that people can get away with that.

    I suggest you put it right by everyone concerned in the harassment to be heavily chastised on the show to let the public know that
    you can not do that !

    I would appreciate if you gave me some feedback on this?

    Kind regards

    Bert Kokshoorn

  3. Ali November 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm -

    this show sucks so bad
    its a bad immitation of NCIS
    i mean really guys everything like a bad ass boss who doesnt do anything and is not acting well a computer genius everything is like NCIS
    and its just not a tv show its like someone shot it with a home camera
    the actors arent being dramatic enough and the directing of the film is just boring

    sorry guys but i get bored even watching it

  4. shell baker December 13, 2008 at 10:40 pm -

    i love the show…..i have a huge crush on nicole da silva so that tops the show off to watch her …….hot show a+++++

  5. Veee October 17, 2008 at 9:59 pm -

    when i first saw the ad i thought it would be bad and not do well at all but i watched it last week and it was very interesting Im gonna watch it again next week

  6. Karen O September 26, 2008 at 10:10 pm -

    I love this show.
    Callan Mulvey and Rodger Corser are such talented actors.

    I agree lets support these superb Australian dramas.

  7. Chloe September 17, 2008 at 3:34 pm -

    Love the show.

    Would anyone happen to know the name of the song which plays over the end of episode 3?

  8. tammy September 12, 2008 at 4:47 pm -

    Fantastic viewing, great Australian drama. Look forward to the next episode. Keep up the good work and let’s support good Australian drama.

  9. Phil Jordan September 10, 2008 at 8:08 am -

    Excellent viewing love all these new oz shows, dont care if people think they are a take off of shows like CSI, I like all of them

  10. Zambora September 4, 2008 at 9:56 pm -

    Pleasantly surprised.
    A lot more gritty than I expected.

    Catherine McClements was good as usual but did not overpower other actors – gave them a chance to shine.

    Will give it a second or 3rd look.

  11. ducko September 3, 2008 at 10:41 am -

    This is not the Rush I saw. It’s worth 2 stars if one’s feeling generous.

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