Friday, August 16, 2013

What I’m Watching: Major Crimes

Major Crimes: Season 2, Episode 10 “Backfire” (B)

The crime-related part of this episode was perfectly fine, but I have a fundamental issue with the other half of it. I was never quite sure why Rusty needed to be a character on this show in the first place, since “The Closer” worked just fine by sticking to the cops, and I would have thought that, even with a new boss at the helm, this show could function in a similar if not identical manner. Instead, Brenda’s name was invoked to try to shame the squad into doing better, and Rusty is still around, waiting endlessly until he has to testify and receiving an alarming number of death threats in the meantime. This was only the latest time where he was sitting innocently in the middle of the station when almost certainly confidential and very devastating news was broken, and it would seem to me that, as if Sharon taking him weren’t problematic enough, having him witness all this evidence would be highly illegal and not permissible. His entire relationship with Chris is also rather irritating, and I do wish it took up much less of the show. At least my other least favorite character had a relatively positive role to play in this episode, arguing with the judge about ethics, and earning some sympathy from Sanchez in the process. Unsurprisingly, this show has been renewed for a third season, and while I can’t say I’m glued to my seat most weeks anymore, I do anticipate continuing to watch it following next week’s mid-season finale.

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