SWAT Season Four Premiere Sneak Peek: Hondo’s Pop calls on him to be “naive” about race riots
Tension rises between the Harrelson men as they sneak a peek at the return of CBS’s SWAT
The episode “3 Seventeen Year Olds,” originally viewed as the season three finale but paused due to the pandemic, will begin production this Wednesday November 11th at 9 / 8c, Season 4 – Hondo (played by Shemar Moore) His father Daniel Sr. (Obba Babatundé) and teenage defendant Darryl (Deshae Frost) grapple with the history of racial tensions between law enforcement and the black community in Los Angeles, in part through flashbacks to the city in 1992 following the verdict of Rodney King. (In these flashbacks, Donald Dash and Rico E. Anderson play younger versions of Hondo and its pop.)
In the clip above, Daniel Sr. – at an event to commemorate the 1992 LA riot anniversary – has some strong, emotional words for his LEO son, in part relating to the world in which Darryl is defiantly changing. Hit “Play” above to see Hondo’s answer and see why his dad just classified him as “naive”.
So much has happened in the real world this summer regarding Black Lives Matter and civil unrest that SWAT writers have promised to get “better” at research on race and policing. And when EP Aaron Rahsaan Thomas put this extra-current episode together, he told TVLine: “We’re still telling the story of today’s SWAT, which deals with the current political unrest, that tricky dance between police and community. and also to tell the 1992 flashback story of some of the same parallel elements that the police and community were dealing with at the time. All of this is still very good. “
Elsewhere in the season premiere, the SWAT team is tracking El Diablo’s scattered drug cartel hiding around town, and picking up on a story from last season’s reserve finale.
A second new episode follows at 10 p.m. in which the team acts as a domestic surveillance unit for the CIA and Tan’s mother is a victim of racial discrimination.
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