I thought that this was the first real characterization they gave Haley. Haley sitting down with Andy like she did was, I think, the first serious, adult conversation she'd ever had in the show. In some ways, she's more mature than him and I found it a little moving that the circumstances had her rising to lecture someone who has been much more responsible than she's ever been. So, it would be a very nice touch for the show for Haley and Andy to marry and start another family -- and I do hope that happens and isn't dragged out eternally. With such a big wonderful cast, not everyone can be featured in every episode, but I thought this episode refreshed the series and brought it right up to date moving forward. I also agree with everyone who commented how it seemed to end so abruptly. I like Haley and Andy and Hayley changing to being a little like Claire, taking Andy as seriously as Claire takes Phil.
One of the odd things in the way the shows writers think is that they were trying to make a big deal out of Penny earning more than Leonard because she was a saleswoman and he was only a college professor (even though college professors in reality tend to make much more than even decent sales people -- and yes, some become millionaires, and some professors at good schools make $350,000 a year to teach one class, as Elizabeth Warren did). How this translates is that they portray Penny as dumb but still way too good for Leonard -- so this should have been a necessary come-uppance for her (like quoting toy story as a wedding vow kind of dismissive view of her husband), and actually looked like a minor fight and not something major and dramatic ... but, who knows how the writers will play it. One thing I was surprised they did in this show and which I did like was how they actually had Amy point out what a nasty person Sheldon can be rather than just everybody ignore how extreme he can get. Maybe these are all good signs of a little more reality and a little less of the stock characterization jokes that they always seem to go for.
This show is generally still funny (and I'll keep watching it and laughing); however, the longer it goes on the more it falls victim to what I surmise is the basic problem. The concept of a show was cliche and pat situation (the pretty girl and the nerds) and that the Hollywood creators just don't know anything about it beyond that (an example might be the Hollywood assumption that researchers & professors are impoverished when one should expect each is earning a minimum of $100,000 per year and probably far more than that) ... so the show creative team keep going around and around in circles -- which is what all the relationship up and down is. I can't see how the show can suddenly grow from what it is: the same jokes in slightly different contexts (and on the series finale show all the couples will get married, but not until then)?!?
I liked this episode again. The show appeals to me -- the characters and relationships. I thought the case was emotional, especially for Backstrom and appreciated the thanking God for him too in the church at the end while he's in his own state. I liked how his team is loyal to him (except for Gravely who's playing politics and imagining herself in his office, replacing him -- and she's not evil about it, she'll help solve crimes and doesn't stab Backstrom in the back, but she firmly believes she's the better detective by embracing the rules and that she should do whatever she thinks to rein in Backstrom -- so she's an interesting team member). I really liked the father-daughter interrogation because it felt like a real reaction of a father discovering all about his daughter in the police station. And I still love the humor and the pathos. It would be so nice if this show makes it! **added later: initial ratings 3.51, which is approx. the same as last week ...
Comment modified at February 20, 2015 14:00
The ratings this week rose slightly to 4.43 (from 3.63 last week). That is still 4th in the timeslot and the first 3 are approx. 9, 9, and 8. My hope is if it stays leveled off it will get the whole season. I didn't know this show is based on a set of 3 detective novels by a Swedish criminologist (Leif G.W. Persson).
This was the best episode yet, once again (unfortunately, the ratings haven't been so good, so the reviewer's take is likely nailing the show for most). I don't find Backstrom deplorable. I find him interesting. Gravely says her job is to make sure the evidence holds up in court, but I took that as her own self-analysis of what she could contribute to what she early on viewed working with an old-school/old-fart detective who doesn't get new-fangled innovations like "Miranda rights" or warrants. Backstrom even came right out and said that solving the crime was what was important to him, not convicting anyone for it (which to me sets up some enjoyable conflicts and scrambling around by Gravely). I thought the European men comment fit right into the conversation, especially with the character who is so much from Europe she has an accent. Culturally, wouldn't she be constantly noticing the differences between where she came from and where she is, even, or most especially the psychological ones? I thought the cop-posing-as-a-minister (and yes I know he IS a minister) was the type of humor/conflict one finds in detective/mystery novels. Is it a great joke? Nah. And the relationship with Valentine is amusing and important to the character (it actually reminds me of Chen Lee and the cat in True Grit). I also like how Niedermeyer is holding true to his love for forensics, but still trying to fit in, to provide the information Backstrom finds useful while always trying to convince him (in Animal House the Neidermeyer character was "killed in Vietnam by his own troops" he was so rigid - not the way this Neidermeyer is turning out). The Moto perjury I can't completely jump on board with. For one it was too much of a thin blue line thing where cops are portrayed in movies and books as having each other's backs (due to the life and death difficulty of doing the job and the band of brothers mentality) to the point of covering up 'small' peccadillos which aren't when they're bribery and theft and surely a real conflict among cops. In this case, the TV show needed an out for a justified shooting that Backstrom screwed up and would have had to pay for with his job at the least. I like the doctor, his 10-years-ago fiance and the captain-his-old-partner too. I hope this show can hang in there!
Best episode yet ... but initial ratings down again to 3.63. Very likely a very bad sign for the show.
The ratings for the premiere were 7.98 (1.9 for 18-49 year olds) and this week fell to 5.32 (1.4 for 18-49 group). I don't know how bad that is for Fox. Big Bang is like a 17+ rating, but then CBS's two and a Half Men and the Elementary are like ratings of 9 and 8, so there is a drop off through the evening, but 7.98 would be good, but 5.32 might be a bad sign of things to come. I hope Fox has lower standards at least for a whole season!
I still like the show -- but the comments last week and this make me leery about whether enough of us will like it or if it isn't already canceled and all we'll get is whatever number of episodes were already made. What I like most is that the show portrays a gritty, grubby world rather than a slick TV world. Although it does remind me a little of Baretta back in the day, it mostly sort of reminds me of Pacino in Serpico (which was a true story) and the EMT scene is right out of that movie like how the cops let Serpico walk into gunfire without back-up because he turned crooked cops in -- that gritty, that dirty, that kind of reality.
Comment modified at January 30, 2015 15:00
I enjoyed this show a lot. It'll be the first new show I watch since Black List and before that Elementary (just to point out how few shows interest me personally). I may have misunderstood, but I don't think the reviewer recognized that he's the team leader, that Gravely and all the others are under him, which was why he was giving them assignments. Perhaps what was confusing is that he doesn't pay attention to what they're each doing after he directs them due to all his bad habits. I also think the talking to himself is original (and so easy for the others to make fun of him for). And he is the best cop in the room, figuring things out before forensics and investigation can verify his conclusions. Great premiere!
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