While Brooklyn 99’s Captain Holt is undoubtedly a good leader, sometimes he can be a little petty, and less than a good mentor to his team. Here’s why.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of those shows that begin in a certain way and prime you for certain formats, and then blow your mind with depth and complexity. All characters are in several ways “formulaic”, for instance, Jake is the designated “man-child” of the group. But they are in no way one-dimensional, and that is what makes the show so interesting. Captain Raymond Holt, despite his emotional detachment and need to follow rules, can also be one of the most supportive and encouraging mentors, not to mention one of the funniest people on the show. But as is true with well-fleshed out characters, Captain Holt can also be quite a crabby and imperfect guide.
- Brooklyn 99 Captain Holt can be petty
- He hesitates before standing up to racial profiling
- The Halloween heists make him lose control
Holt can be petty
Captain Raymond Holt, even with all his credentials, merits and accolades behind him, can be quite petty. Consider the time when he treats his employers badly, just because he’s in a bad mood. He refuses to give them their overtime pay, is stricter than usual, and at times is downright harsh. It is eventually revealed that he had been the victim of a mugging incident, which he’d hid even from his husband, Kevin. It’s a valid reason for being in a bad mood. But bring out the mood in the professional space? Not so sure about that.
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He hesitates before standing up to racial profiling
In a crucial episode when Terry is racially profiled and tells Captain Holt about it, Captain Holt discourages Terry to file a complaint against the white officer in question. Holt tells Terry that his action could have the potential to jeopardize his career. Later in the episode, he does come around and agrees that it wasn’t right of him to encourage putting Terry’s job and career before the serious matter of police brutality. But the fact that Holt is reluctant to act at first is not a very encouraging quality in a mentor.
The Halloween heists make him lose control
Granted, the Halloween heists makes the whole gang go a tad overboard, even crazy. But as the leader and designated mentor of his team, this behaviour doesn’t seem well in Captain Holt, who becomes uncontrollable in the yearly tradition of the precinct.
Let us take a look at some of Captain Holt’s indecorous stunts during the Halloween heists. He tricks Jake by faking a party bus. He deceives Jake and makes him think he stole Kevin’s watch. Holt even spies on Amy and Jake in their bedroom. Not good, Holt, not good at all.
But hilarious, no doubt. There is no questioning that these aspects of Captain Holt’s personality skewer towards the negative, only make him a rounded figure, as opposed to being a one-dimensional one. Wouldn’t you agree?