Left me a bit empty, kind of in the way a new model of iPhone is released only to find out not much has changed. What started with the seeming potential of Stumptown (the graphic novel) creator Greg Rucka's unconventional take in storytelling devolved into a commercial television network crime procedural. Like we don't have enough of 'em.
Maybe I'm just horribly, horribly disappointed the powers that be couldn't find some means to shoot the program in the show title's namesake. I get it, shows and movies are produced in locations different than where they purport to be all the time. I get it that Cobie has kids in school in LA and want to be near them. I get it that it would probably cost more to shoot in Portland but it doesn't make it right for a couple of reasons.
First, it seems like a selling point of the entire endeavor is a certain quirkiness about the characters. That is a very Portland trait. It's in the DNA of where it was born. I won't go as far as some who have written that what the network suits have committed is cultural appropriation but this project doesn't fly on Cobie eye-candy and acting chops alone. It needs all parts of the mosaic in order to thrive. It's what would make it unique. Ignore that and as I said, you're back to a standard-issue network cop show.
So why would shooting in Portland make a difference? Aside from the obvious fact that you're not going to get a savory taste of Portland weirdness sitting in a production bungalow on the Universal lot, a look at shows that did shoot in Portland, Leverage, Grimm and Portlandia are the first to come to mind, managed in ways that probably surprised even them to inspire and enhance. They were able to make the place itself an integral character.
From what I saw of the pilot, the Stumptown producers could use a good wallop of inspiration and support from where ever that muse appears. In this case, it's in the show's very title.