CBS's latest legal drama 'The Code' follows the military's brightest minds as they tackle challenges faced by US Marines
CBS's latest offering to the genre of legal shows is 'The Code', which premieres on the network on Tuesday, April 9. 'The Code' is different from 'Suits', 'The Good Wife', and 'Boston Legal' and the likes in the sense that it works within the context of US Marines.
A drama about "the military's brightest minds, who tackle the toughest legal challenges facing the US Marine Corps", 'The Code' offers an insight into the brutal cases and the exhaustive, meticulous unraveling that is put in by the legal system so justice and law and order prevails.
The pilot episode has protagonists Captain Jon "Abe" Abraham (played by Luke Mitchell) and Captain Maya Dobbins (Anna Wood) — assigned to this particular case as prosecution and defense lawyers respectively — investigate a commanding officer's murder by his subordinate in Afghanistan. Military lawyers are a special team since each attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator, and a Marine.
With a runtime of roughly 45 minutes, the pilot episode is titled 'Blowed Up' follows a driven prosecutor in Abe who is ready to do whatever it takes to bring justice to light. Abe is adamant on fighting the good fight to bring the murderer of his dear friend and colleague, who has left behind a wife and an infant, to justice.
At first glance, 'The Code' is a show that reminds many of American television series 'NCIS' and 'JAG' — both procedural series that follow a somewhat similar pattern of investigations, convictions, and writing. Whether this is something that holds true, will be seen in due course.
Abe works closely with Captain Maya Dobbins, a collaboration that works almost too fluidly to fail. Also working alongside Abe is his senior Major Trey Ferry (played by Ato Essandoh) who is eloquent and the wisdom to Abe's feisty character.
Created by Craig Turk and Craig Sweeny, the pilot episode is directed by Mark Webb. Webb is perhaps most popular for his work on 'Limitless' and The CW series 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', as well as for his feature film directorial debut '500 Days of Summer'.
With 'The Code', actress Dana Delany is also making her return to television. The actress was last seen in 'Bull' and 'Hand of God'. In 'The Code', Delany plays the role of Colonel Glenn Turnbull, one of the highest-ranking female officers in the Judge Advocate Corps — a role that Delany delivers with ease and poise. Col. Turnbull oversees a Quantico-base team of lawyers that Capt Maya, Capt Abe, and Major Trey are a part of.
At the moment, 'The Code' encapsulates an exciting potential of the genres legal/procedural and military. It remains to be seen if it will fall flat on its feet dismaying the large audience that eats up legal shows like cake or land on its feet.
'The Code' premieres on April 9, 9 pm to 10 pm, ET/PT on CBS Television Network. Beginning April 15 though, the show moves to Mondays.
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