Sunday, August 19, 2012

What I’m Watching: The Closer (Series Finale)

The Closer: Season 7, Episode 21 “The Last Word” (B+)

After over one hundred episodes, it’s impressive that this show didn’t lose any of its signature quality. Despite the fact that news of the spin-off series and its participants had been public for months, this show still managed to pack in a handful of surprises for its final hour. In unusual fashion, a flashback to the crime was shown in the episode’s opening minutes, explaining the involvement of the witnesses and then identifying the culprit as none other than Phillip Stroh, who in just two episodes beforehand had established himself as Brenda’s nemesis. Taking him down wasn’t easy, especially when he kept saying “next lie” in response to Brenda’s allegations during the interrogation. Going into the elevator and beating up Stroh was an unexpected turn, but not quite as much as Stroh showing up to her house and trying to kill Rusty. Shooting him through her handbag was a great way to go out, and not killing him was a particularly commendable move. Somehow, amid all the chaos, Brenda got herself a plum new job offer, as well as a way to stick with Detective Gabriel. The final scene in which Brenda said her goodbyes to her team, calling out each one of them by their first names before being given a new bag filled with chocolates, was rather emotional, and it will be interesting to see how this team operates without Brenda at the helm. This review was purposely written before watching the pilot of “Major Crimes,” so check back later today for a look at that pilot. I’m sure this show will remain in syndication for years to come, and it definitely deserves to, as one of the best crime series with one of the best casts in recent years.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Kyra Sedgwick
Series grade: B+
Series MVP: Kyra Sedgwick
Best season: Season 1 (though they’re all great)
Best episode: “Pilot”

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