So, I subscribed to the Peacock streaming service just so I could see this show. It's supposed to be like Columbo: you know who committed the crime up front. And you watch Natasha Lyonne catch them? Yes, please.
Here's the thing. They fell into the Star Trek transporter trap. This woman, unlike Columbo, is supposed to have an uncanny ability to tell when someone is lying (and you can tell, she mutters or blurts or laughs: "Bullshit.") At some point in every show I wonder, "So now is when you line up all the suspects and say, 'Did you kill [Enter Name Here]?'" Roll credits, right?
So, they have to go to a lot of trouble to explain why that won't work, just like what's wrong with the transporter this week on Star Trek. Usually she knows but can't prove it, and unlike Columbo, she can't trick a smug criminal into confessing every week.
There is one thing I do like that Columbo did not have, and that's a villain. That person's a good villain and feeds into the conceit of the show and explains why she has to keep moving around. Like if Columbo and Quantum Leap got married.
In addition to that villain, there is of course the weekly villain, and that's my only other complaint. I don't care how feisty Ms Lyonne is, that tiny little woman cannot possibly throw a punch that makes that patented punch sound effect. I call Bullshit on that.
Other than that, I'm enjoying it so far.