Friday, August 23, 2013

What I’m Watching: Major Crimes (Mid-Season Finale)

Major Crimes: Season 2, Episode 11 “Poster Boy” (B+)

It’s interesting to see that this show is continuing to experiment with its format, showing the immediate after of the murder as the detectives walk around and take it in for themselves at a later time. I suppose it’s more of a “Law and Order” style, which sometimes begins before the murder even happens, in contrast with the way this show usually starts with the squad arriving at a crime scene. It was somewhat sickly entertaining for the squad to discover that there was a body inside the very couch on which the eternally irritating Rios was sitting, and there was something innovative and frightening about these lived-in crime scenes with the poster boy talking casually to his grandmother on the phone after violently disposing of someone from his life. This is just the kind of case that’s fitting for a finale, and it ended considerably more destructively and desolately than most of the other ones on this show. With Provenza’s eyesight and Flynn’s health back on track, and Sanchez pretty much over his crush on Rios, the only real thread to wrap up was that of Rusty, who ultimately got ratted out by Chris, who, in all truth, probably did the right thing by telling Rios about the many letters he had received. Whether that means he’ll go into the Witness Protection Program and no longer be on the show is uncertain, and I doubt that, though it might greatly benefit the series, he’ll depart so completely after the show has invested two seasons in him already. This has been a pretty good year for this procedural which I’ll likely keep watching when it returns for the back half of its second season.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: G.W. Bailey as Provenza

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