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‘Reef Break’ Review: ABC’s Goofy Drama Rides the Crime Wave for Escapist Summer Fare

‘Reef Break’ Review: ABC’s Goofy Drama Rides the Crime Wave for Escapist Summer Fare

Reef Break” is dropping in on CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” wave. The new ABC crime drama swims in the same waters as the classic reboot – criminals are foiled against a tropical backdrop – but is more content to hang loose than go high octane. It’s the series equivalent to a vacation in that it tickles the brain but doesn’t tax it. It’s wish-fulfillment that’s the stuff of beach reads.

Poppy Montgomery of “Without a Trace” and “Unforgettable” fame retains her gun but trades drab trousers for minidresses and a wetsuit to play Cat Chambers, a former cat burglar thief who’s hired by the governor of the fictional Pacific Island of Nimitz Bay to take care of thorny issues that are better not publicized. It’s a story that’s been done before, and this narrative familiarity saves the show from excessive setup. Why waste time with smaller

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