Major Crimes: Season 1, Episode 10 “Long Shot” (B+)
This is a fitting finale for a show like this, employing one particularly intense case to close out the season with a bang. I liked the way that we saw glimpses of how the shooter set himself up while the team was investigating and piecing that together for themselves. This show hasn’t exactly settled on a specific format for portraying the commission of its crimes, but the different ways they’ve shown and revealed details over the course of the past ten episodes have all been effective. Filling the restaurant with police personnel to ensure the protection of their witness was amusing, and it’s a good thing since the determined assassin didn’t go down without a fight. The hot-button issue of a Muslim superintendent for a school system initially seemed like it was going to be central, but instead we got a much more far-reaching investigation that didn’t actually relate much to the crime itself. It’s disconcerting to think that the assassin was so easily able to gain contact information for the witness from police officers, and one would hope that such a scene wouldn’t take place in real life. Daniel’s return to the station seemed far too casual, and his dismay at the news that Rusty wanted him to give up all parental rights or face prosecution suggested that he wasn’t really a bad man, just not the right father for Rusty. I’m hopeful that, in season two, this show can allow Rusty to be a less central character, and can give Sykes just a bit more intelligence. Otherwise, I’m looking forward to this show’s return next year and presumably for years to come.
Season grade: B+
Season MVP: G.W. Bailey as Provenza