LB: MAJOR CRIMES Has Returned and, Um, So Far So Good

MAJOR CRIMES

The Good:

  • It’s just like it was last season. Except that it isn’t.
  • G.W. Bailey’s Lt. Provenza steals the show.
  • Episode 1 was one of the few times I’ve ever enjoyed a Hollywood themed murder. Probably cuz the Big Deal Film Director Suspect here was sooo Michael Bay.
  • Robert Gossett’s Commander Tyler was back to being a major asshat.
  • Mary McDonnell’s Captain Rayder was as delightfully passive-aggressive as ever.

The Not So Good:

  • Please, please, please give Graham Patrick Martin’s Rusty Beck a chance to, oh what the hell, smile for once. All that damn sturm und drang has gotten pretty damn boring.
  • The plot twists were pretty damn goofy, y’know? My suspension of disbelief had to shift into hyperdrive.
  • The shout-out to the transferred Brenda Leigh Johnson was just that…merely a shout-out for no real reason.
  • I really missed Chief Pope.
  • It’s just like last season. Except that it isn’t.

Overall:

I’ll keep coming back for more because I’m caught up in the Great TV Trap of feeling like I know all these people so watching them makes me feel all cozy and secure. Maybe they’ll kill someone off down the line. The thought gives me great satisfaction because sometimes you just don’t want – or need – to be so cozy and secure.

About LB

Larry Brody has been profiled in such national magazines and websites as Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Starlog, People, Electronic Media, IndieSlate, TechTV, io9, and of course TV Guide. A legendary figure in the television writing and production world, with a career going back to the late ’60s, Brody has written and produced literally thousands of hours of network and syndicated television. Brody has also been active in the TV animation world, writing, creating, consulting, and/or supervising the cult favorite STAR TREK animated TV series, the SILVER SURFER, SPAWN, SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN, and SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED animated series, and was showrunner of the French animated series, DIABOLIK, as well as part of the team that developed and wrote the live-action/cgi animation sci-fi series Ace Lightning for the BBC. Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys.