‘Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector’ deserves a season two
Representation, representation, representation! The public has been demanding to see more varieties of people besides those who are straight, white, male, and able-bodied in their entertainment for years. Slowly Hollywood is providing what the people want, but it isn’t fast enough for most.
Even more tragically there seems to be a bad habit of cancelling the few shows which are giving us good representation.
Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector is one such show with great representation that we’re really hoping isn’t going to be cancelled. It’s June, which means network television is almost done creating their “keep and cancel” lists for the year. However, we still haven’t heard what NBC intends to do with Lincoln Rhyme.
About the show
Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector debuted on January first of this year and had a ten episode run ending on March 13th. The show is based on a 1997 book called The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver.
The show is about Lincoln Rhyme (Russell Hornsby), a former New York City detective and forensic genius. Rhyme was in his career prime when he was part of an accident when hunting a notorious serial killer. He was unable to continue his work after the accident.
However, Amelia Sachs (Arielle Kebbel), is a young officer who also finds herself hunting down the killer who is still on the loose – she goes to Rhyme for help to catch the killer.
Why it needs saving
The representation in this show is amazing. Lincoln Rhyme is a disabled black man who continues to hunt down a terrifying serial killer. It may not be the way he used to hunt the killer, and it may not be his first choice in how he goes about it, but Rhyme is still able to do what he’s good at. Not to mention Sachs is a strong co-star. She’s a young woman who is really good at her job.
The two characters, Rhyme and Sachs, have a great relationship as mentor and mentee respectively. Seeing them work together as a team on screen is a pleasure, and we’re certain many people are wanting more.
Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector also ended episode ten in a cliffhanger, specifically with a dead body falling on a car. To leave the show there without any closure for supporters of the show would be, frankly, more than a little rude.
How viewers feel
Fans are willing to admit the show has had a rough start, but we don’t think this is reason enough to end the show, and neither do fans. The writing was, perhaps, a little too simplistic for viewers, and occasionally the lines given to actors were stiff.
However, fans agree the show got better as time went on, and the actors seemed more comfortable in their roles. Allowing the show a second season would give the show a chance to thrive now that Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector has found its footing.
Fans appreciate that this is a cop show with a new spin, and the characters really started coming into their own as it went on.
The gripes people have with the show are mostly from those who loved the books and had certain expectations. The book lovers feel as if the world Deaver created isn’t present in the show, and others were upset Sachs’s backstory was altered for television.
Overall, we think Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector deserves at least one more season to prove itself as a show before NBC gives it the axe – or, preferably, the show does well in its second season and continues on for a few more years.
I am sick of tv shows which are abit different being cancelled all the time. Yet they keep the same boring shows on each year. It should be renewed just so fed up it makes you feel not to watch anything new because it just gets cancelled all the time.June 23, 2020
So a show should get a second season because the hero isn’t a straight white male? It simply didn’t attract enough viewers.June 25, 2020
Just finished the first series, it was very watchable, entreating, with a good balance of light-hearted moment with some rather chilling ones. Since there are 14 books in the series, this would surely have grown and captured an audience for many years quite easily. Perhaps when Covid has died down they might re-think the decision to cancel this ! :(July 23, 2020
My 14 year old daughter and I watched this together every week. We loved the mystery, the crime aspect, and the suspense. Please bring it back. The cast is amazing!October 12, 2020