I hope it goes more into the psyche of Muldoon like NYPD got into the psyche of Andy Sipowicz (played by Dennis Franz). We saw Sipowicz evolve into a fuller, happier person. He went from alcoholic who'd made racist comments to a devoted father who embraced diversity. On The Sopranos, it was fascinating to see a mob boss in therapy. In Public Morals, we get the Irish mob who wants to own the West Side. A heavyweight character got whacked in the first episode and, in the fourth episode that airs Sept. 15th, his best friend wants revenge. A hooker who saw the murder must be found. I felt like I'd seen that storyline already. This is why I think more nuance and complexities could pepper future scripts. Also, Public Morals takes itself a tad too seriously.
The cast is fine. Edward Burns looks great and has created a solid character for himself in the action-packes series. He hit big in the indie film he wrote and directed, 1995's The Brothers McMullen. He was good in Steven Spielberg's WW2 drama, Saving Private Ryan (1998). But movies really didn't utilize his talents. Hell, back in the days of Hollywood studios, he'd have been in private eye dramas, film noir and wartime love stories with his handsome looks and husky voice. I hope this TNT series makes Hollywood get a clue. Michael Rapaport hits the right note. Fashion-wise, he's taken a tip from Gene Hackman in The French Connection.
If I had to give Public Morals a grade, I'd give it a B. Steven Spielberg is executive producer.