Katrina brought out the worst in some people. But for the most part, it brought out the best.K-Ville
was a live-action police drama made by 20th Century Fox
. It aired from September 2007 to December 2007.The plot follows two police officers, the longtime New Orleans resident Marlin Boulet, who refuses to leave the city after Hurrican Katrina, and his new partner Trevor Cobb, a new arrival with a mysterious past and a buried secret, as they try to keep the peace in Post-Katrina New Orleans.
Though it was slated to run for one thirteen episode season, only ten of those episodes were ever produced due to the writers going on strike.
An eleventh episode, "Game Night", was announced, but never produced.
All ten episodes are available for free through Hulu and Xfinity through TV.com http://www.tv.com/shows/kville/
. There has yet to be a DVD release.
Contains examples of the following tropes:
- The Big Easy: The entire show is set within post-Katrina New Orleans.
- Breather Episode: "Critical Mass", by police drama standards.
- Cowboy Cop: Boulet will break police protocol without a moment's hesitation if he believes it is the right thing to do. This happens about every other episode.
- Da Chief: Though a captain rather than the police chief, Embry fills this role. The actual police chief, Chief Lewis, is only mentioned once or twice and never appears on-screen.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Years before the main storyline, Cobb was a convict. When the prison flooded, his cellmate and close friend died, and Cobb vowed to become a better person. After Cobb escaped he enlisted in the Army and went to fight in the Afghanistan War. After his tour, he returned to New Orleans to become a policeman, knowing that his criminal record files had been washed away, damaged or destroyed and that he wanted to be a better person. Boulet finds out, and agrees to hide his secret. Throughout the show, Cobb and Boulet struggle to keep this secret hidden.
- Deadpan Snarker: Cobb, usually to Boulet, but he oftens acts this way to the other characters, too.
- Fair Cop: Officer LeBeau, and arguably Cobb.
- Good Bad Girl: Elaine McGillis. She might be a firefighter and an ally of the police, but that doesn't mean she won't have a one-night-stand with Cobb a couple days after they meet.
- Hollywood Voodoo: Invoked in the episode "No Good Deed", where someone makes it appear as if a woman was murdered by voodoo. When Boulet arrives at the crime scene, he quickly points out that this voodoo was staged, and reveals he learned voodoo in the name of impressing a girl.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Sarah, a prostitute who became close friends-and possibly more-with Embry, who she met after Hurricane Katrina when she and other refugees stayed in his house. He later has to arrest her due to her indirect involvement in a murder case.
- It's Always Mardi Gras in New Orleans: Averted. It's not even set at that time of year. A couple scenes in the theme song allude to Mardi Gras, though.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Captain Embry may be harsh and demanding, but it's shown over and over again that he really does care about the well-being his squad.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: There has not been any kind of release for K-Ville, but the episodes are available online.
- Meaningful Name: "Boulet" is French for "cannonball", which is fitting considering Boulet's habit of rushing into things. Also, the very pretty female officer, LeBeau.
- Mood Whiplash: The first scene in "Boulet in a China Shop". One second Boulet and co. are singing karaoke in a club, the next they're in a police car racing to the scene of a double murder.
- Ragin' Cajun: It's set in New Orleans, so this is a given. Most of the police officers could qualify to some degree or another.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Boulet to Cobb.
- Screwed by the Network: Part of what was responsible for the show running less than a full season, in addition to the writers' strike.
- Sequel Hook: One of the final scenes in the final episode, "Ride-Along", ends with Cobb and Boulet suspecting there is a corrupt cop in the police force who tipped off a major criminal multiple times. Too bad the series ended prematurely, and this plot point never got addressed.
- The Scottish Trope: Hurricane Katrina is almost never mentioned in name by any of the characters; they refer to it as "the storm" or very rarely, "the hurricane" or "Katrina".
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Boulet's wife, Ayana, frequently complains to him about not spending enough time with his family, especially his daughter Tawni.
- Workaholic: Boulet comes dangerously close to being this, and a number of characters comment on it. See When You Coming Home, Dad?.