Tuesday, July 24, 2012

What I’m Watching: Common Law

Common Law: Season 1, Episode 9 “Odd Couples” (B+)

If there’s anything that wasn’t a good idea, it was having Travis and Wes share the same apartment, even just for a stakeout. After an initial agreement about whether it’s better to arrive early or late, they were at each other’s throats as soon as they were in a room together. Wes telling the group that Travis is the worst roommate ever didn’t help matters, and things got really bad when they broke the thermostat trying to make each other miserable. Travis was right about suspecting the author, and he got both the opportunity to do a celebratory dance and to have a gun pointed at his head when he went off to pursue her by himself. Fortunately, personality differences aside, they’re actually a pretty great pair, since Wes ended up following Travis and saving the day. Starting the episode with Cooper making his daring escape was strong, and barely featuring him after that was an interesting choice but one that worked well, since this show is more about Travis and Wes as partners than anything else. Working with the FBI proved even less pleasant than working with each other for Travis and Wes. They may not mouth words just to mess with their partners, but they don’t communicate particularly well either. The captain coming to see Travis and Wes with a bucket of chicken was fun, though he’s clearly having more serious problems in his life, as evidenced by his getting stood up by his wife for their date.

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