What are your thoughts as to the new Poppy Montgomery starring dramedy series? Is it everything you expected or is it much more?
The opening monologue to the new series goes: I’m Cat Chambers. It’s been five years since I left the Reef. In my old life, I was a professional surfer turned thief. With a soon-to-be ex-husband whose FBI, now I’m back, and it looks like I might stay awhile.
The pre-opening credits scene finds yacht owner Dax making a deal for $3 million for something in his possession. While it initially looks like the money might be for a string bag of diamonds, the content of the briefcase suggests there is something of infinitely more value to someone than a few sparkling carats.
No Good Deed…
No good deed ever goes unpunished. While the first impression the yacht owner gives is one of extreme impatience and intolerance for others, when he goes to the rescue of an apparent damsel in distress, he soon finds himself at gunpoint.
When Dax takes the robbers to the briefcase, the yacht owner takes to handcuffing the briefcase to his wrist and swallows the key. This does not stop the thief from shooting him. Fortunately for him, it was only a salt-spray gun.
Elsewhere on the Island…
Even though Detective Wyatt Cole (Desmond Chiam) is surprised Cat Chambers (Poppy Montgomery) successfully managed to con Carter Eastland (Grant Bowler) out of his daughter’s beach house, in addition to surfing, the former professional surfer is very good at what she does.
Meanwhile, in another part of town, FBI agent Jake Elliot (Ray Stevenson) is apparently shopping for pet treats at Red’s Supermarket. The thing is the FBI agent doesn’t own a dog.
Dog treats and a heavy dose of antihistamines goes a long way to helping guard dogs take a nap. This is what we discover when Jake gets into Doug O’Casey’s residence to dig up dirt on a yet unrevealed case. When Jake hears pool balls colliding, the FBI agent investigates where the sound is emanating from.
After Jake’s random grocery shopping piques Red’s curiosity, she immediately called Cat. Because Doug is the only drug kingpin on the island with killer guard dogs, the former professional surfer quickly figured out what her ex-husband was doing.
Because the FBI agent does not have a search warrant of any description, as Wyatt correctly observes, nothing Jake finds will be admissible in a court of law. In quick succession, Wyatt and Cat receive cell phone calls about new cases.
“The First Law of the Reef,” Lieutenant Governor Ana DuMont (Melissa Bonne) said. “Whenever smoke blows in the governor’s face, there’s a good chance Eastland’s at the fire.”
This is Cat’s first official case with Ana. With kidnapping, a stolen yacht and a secret video file Eastland and the governor are in a race to find, Cat is very much in it to win it.
Wyatt doesn’t care for having to work with Cat, but because lieutenant governor dictates her involvement, the detective does not get a say in the matter.
Cat immediately recognises Hercules’s Rock. Because the detective does not surf, his knowledge of the local rock formations is somewhat limited. “The is the place us surfers refer to the Reef’s own Bermuda Triangle,” Cat tells the detective. “It is one of a few places on Earth where the compass points true North … as opposed to magnetic North.”
The search party is off, observes Cat, by a matter of ten degrees. Wyatt, with extensive assistance from Cat, locates the yacht owner. The people that stole his yacht kindly left him to fend for himself in a rubber raft.
Meanwhile, Petra Torrance (Tamala Shelton) is hanging out with the adorably bearish Otter (Stephen Hunter). Because the local cops took her minibike, Petra as nothing to do but sit with Otter as he does whatever he’s doing.
Pirates of the Reef…
We soon discover Otter’s prediction about Cat getting Petra’s bike back is accurate. Otter’s suggestion of their being a price for Cat’s help is also accurate. Because Petra already hates Cat, she uses the bike as leverage against Otter to get what she needs out of him.
Since Petra already hates Cat, the former surfer has nothing to lose. Otter, on the other hand, that’s another matter. Petra thinks of Otter as a father figure and a friend. Consequently, Cat gets Otter to talk to her about the pirates.
Otter has in his possession the last remaining true map to the island. Because the detective is still having issues trusting Cat, he is following her to see where she goes and who she speaks with the pirates.
The kind of people that Dax has do not typically leave you alive in the middle of the ocean. There is something else going on and it is nothing to do with diamonds.
Even though Ana knows what’s on the laptop the thieves stole, she is not sharing that information with Cat. It is evident the lieutenant governor still has trust issues with the former surfer.
Close by, as Cat is speaking with the lieutenant governor, the former surfer spies her ex-husband has entered the police department. Jake claims, even though he slipped him a note in passing, he did not see Doug. They passed each other on the staircase. There is no way the two men would not have seen each other.
The Detective is more Desperate than Cat Thought…
The detective tries to arrest Cat. For stealing a speedboat. Because Cat needs to get to the stolen briefcase before anyone else, she can’t even let Wyatt get in her way.
The pirates only take what they need to function off the grid. If this were the Caribbean, these people would be the modern day version of the pirates that hid out in those islands.
Eastland’s mercenaries land on the uncharted island before the detective can get there but Cat is able to stall them until RBPD gets to the island.