Well, what if your dream of becoming a cop comes true after a decade of dreaming? Wouldn’t it be amazing well, a dynamic comedy series titled “The Rookie” was released by ABC, focusing on the life of a similar character named Nolan, a 40-year-old who dreamt of becoming a cop at Los Angeles precinct, thus uprooting his life and moving from a small town to Los Angeles to fulfill those dreams.
Directed by Bill Roe and Michael Goi, the American police procedural drama managed to make its place in the hearts of viewers within no time with humor worth laughing at, a unique storyline, and the presence of Nathan Fillion as his presence proved to be highly likable by the audience.
Released on October 16, 2018, by ABC, “The Rookie” focuses on John Nolan, a forty-five-year-old man from a small town in Pennsylvania who decides to move to Los Angeles to start a new career after a divorce from his former wife.
John’s decision to become a police officer reignited after he helped police officers during a bank robbery that happened in Foxburg, his hometown, and after graduating as the oldest rookie from the Police Academy, Nolan goes on his journey to navigate through dangerous and unpredictable nature of his new job that is different from his previous job.
The police procedural series was inspired by real-life events as LAPD is one of the few agencies that accept new officers who are above the age of 37, and Bill Norcross was the person and friend of Jon Steinberg, the show’s executive producer with whose life the show was inspired.
Produced by Michele Greco and Patrick Mckee, the show has successfully run for five seasons with 98 episodes and a run time of 42-45 minutes. Each episode has a different storyline, with John Nolan being the prime focus.
Who Is Jackson West?
Jackson West, portrayed by none other than Titus Makin Jr., was one of the main characters appearing on the police procedural show titled “The Rookie,” who made his first appearance on the show in the pilot episode till he got killed off in the fourth season.
Jackson was the son of Percy West and Police Officer I assigned to the Mid-Wilshire division with Angela Lopez as the training officer while Doug became his training officer in the third season till his death in the fourth season.
Jackson has a habit of considering himself as the most qualified and prepared rookie cop on the team as he has all the penal codes and procedures memorized by heart, but initially, this tough rookie struggled to learn to fire his weapon.
Jackson West was killed in the premiere of the fourth season, and the reason behind his death was revealed to be being shot by a gun while he attempted to escape from Sandra de la Cruz’s men after he tried to free Lopez.
Why Did They Kill Off Jackson West In The Rookie?
Jackson West was killed or written off during the premiere of the fourth season, and to give the viewers confirmation of his death, the writers showed a segment with CCTV footage revealing how Jackson was shot during his attempt to escape from Sandra de la Cruz’s men while he attempted to rescue Angela Lopez, his training officer who later pays tribute to him by naming her son after him.
Jackson was one of the show’s main characters, and his untimely death from the show left several viewers with questions about the reason behind the creative’s decision and disappointment as they have come to love Titus in Jackson’s role.
Many people aren’t aware, but the part in the fourth season premiere showcasing the shooting of Jackson was played by an uncredited person because Titus departed from the show by the end of the third season, leaving his fans heartbroken because his death was unexpected.
Well, the reason behind the writer’s having to kill off Jackson wasn’t as shocking as one would have expected, as the writer had to write Jackson’s character due to Titus’ decision not to return to the show.
Titus has been open about his feelings and delima to return even for the third season after he learned about the death of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, two black African-American people who were killed by white cops for no reason.
Titus returned for the third season only after having a heart-to-heart talk with Alex Hawley, the showrunner, so Jackson’s death wasn’t a decision to take the showrunner or the creative team but Titus’ decision to not return.
Titus stated that one day, while he was watching the news, he had the realization that he could not return to the show to play a cop and not talk about being a black cop, and his character not having addressed any of the killings made him reconsider the decision of returning to the show.