I’ll admit, before watching ‘Graceland’ I didn’t know much about it. I knew the cute guy from Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal and Les Miserables (the movie) was the star. That’s usually enough for me to tune in, so I did.
See, so cute.
It was surprisingly good! Graceland is based on the true story of a beach house, called Graceland, in Southern California that is the home to various undercover agents from the DEA, FBI, and ICE. They are all forced to live and work together. Aaron Tveit (above) plays rookie FBI agent Mike Warren, he is assigned to the house straight out of Quantico. The house is led by mysterious Agent Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata). He’s legendary at Quantico and Mike’s excitement to work with him is obvious… until he meets him. Mike was expecting a button down, professional senior officer. Instead, he got a zen, laid back surfer that would prefer to sleep all day than work. We quickly learn that a few years ago, Briggs experienced “something” took a few months off and resurfaced as the chill version of himself he is today.
In the pilot, Mike gets his first assignment. He has to pose undercover for a drug buy. The buyer is arrested and his first assignment is successful, until the cops accidentally blow his cover at the station. The buyer, realizing his dealer is actually a cop, uses this information to save his family from the Russian gang pulling all the strings. Mike has to kill someone on behalf of the gang in order to save this guy’s family. At the end of the day, Briggs saves Mike’s life by shooting two members of the gang. It’s important to note that one of the gang members didn’t ever draw his gun. Mike lies for Briggs, saying that both men had drawn their weapons and it was purely in self defense. We learn at the end of the episode that Mike isn’t there just as an undercover agent, he’s there to investigate Briggs. Innnnnnnteresting.
I’ll be watching the remainder of the season. Be sure to check out the promo below. ‘Graceland’ airs on Thursday nights at 10pm on USA.