Cobie Smulders' Dex Parios is a woman of action, and the first trailer for ABC's Stumptown wastes no time showing you that.
The new series' leading lady doesn't even appear until midway through the trailer. The video picks up with two men driving in a crappy little car; they both struggle with the tape deck, which swallows a cassett and begins to play Niel Diamond's "Sweet Caroline." As they start to sing along, a tube emerges from between the seats in the back. All hell breaks loose when it emits vapor that fills the cabin. Dex suddenly bursts out of the trunk, looking for a fight, and the car careens wildly through traffic.
The trailer wastes no time in recreating an iconic scene from the graphic novels. As the car spins out of control, it crashes through a construction site -- and then up a ramp, leaving the car and its passengers suspended in mid-air for a moment. After that, the promo flashes back to show Dex's self-destructive behavior, sass and unorthodox approach to her job.
Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth's Stumptown graphic novels follow Parios as she uses skills and training from her military days to help in her work as a private investigator. Parios' gambling debts and unapologetic style put her in conflict with both criminals and the police, even as she deals with a "complicated love life" and a brother to care for.
Stumptown is executive produced by Jason Richman, along with Ruben Fleischer and David Bernad. Rucka, Southworth and Justin Greenwood will also be involved in the production of the series. Smulders will be joined by Tantoo Cardinal, Cole Sibus, Adrian Martinez, Camryn Manheim and Michael Ealy in the show.