Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What I’m Watching: The Closer (Season Premiere)

The Closer: Season 7, Episode 1 “Unknown Trouble” (B+)

I’m so happy this show is back. In the time that it’s been off the air, I think I had forgotten just how good this show is. Many might say it’s past its prime, especially as it’s already slated to have its final season spread over two summers and then spun off into a new series starring Mary McDonnell. I’m thrilled to see that McDonnell has been added to the opening credits for her role as Captain Raydor, and fortunately she’s given plenty to do in this first episode as she comes in to investigate a plotline from last year. The impending restructuring is a great way to keep Taylor, Pope, and Raydor involved and shake things up a bit. Starting the episode with the rap video was a strong way to create a memorable season opener, and it made for a great storyline. I was pleased to see a few recognizable guest stars, particularly David Costabile, playing a more chatty and assertive character than he did on shows such as “Breaking Bad,” “Damages,” and “Flight of the Conchords.” Rockmund Dunbar, best known as C-Note from “Prison Break,” didn’t play C-Game but rather Decker, and Page Kennedy, who was kicked off “Desperate Housewives” and then appeared in the third season of “Weeds” instead, turned out to be the big bad guy. The episode went out with a completely unexpected cliffhanger, as Delk takes a fall and appears to have a stroke while praising Brenda, creating quite an interesting development for the future of Major Crimes and the LAPD.

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