Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Law & Order LA “Silver Lake” Recap & Review

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Law & Order LA “Silver Lake” opens with the familiar intonation from Steve Zirnkilton, and at once I feel my spirits lifted. It gets even better when shortly after the first scenes of the episode, we get a real opening title sequence that looks pretty edgy for the Law & Order brand. I like it!

This is the first Law & Order LA episode with the new and improved cast, and I was pleased with how things shook out. While I thought he made a perfect DDA, Alfred Molina is even more exceptional as a detective. Ricardo Morales seems right at home in his new job, and his experience as a DDA both helps him and hurts him in this case. Molina worked that extended interrogation scene with the skills of a master craftsman. In fact, I find it hard to take my eyes off him when he’s on screen, he’s such a presence. Corey Stoll used to steal all the scenes from Skeet Ulrich, and I think in this episode, Molina stole the scenes from Stoll. They both make a good pairing and I’m looking forward to see more of these two. Also, Rachel Ticotin was given more to do in this episode than just being window dressing, and this also gives her character more credibility as the boss.

I am thrilled that Alana De la Garza is back with the Law & Order brand, although I think it would have been nice for them to explain to viewers why she came to Los Angeles. She added a spark to the legal side of the show, which I always felt was LOLA’s weakest because of the split DDA teams and very weak actresses in those supporting roles. Terrence Howard really impressed me in this episode, and I think this was his best performance with the show so far. His character Joe Dekker seems more confident and determined.

The story was well executed and the dialog didn’t seem stiff like it had been before the retooling. As a result, the characters come across as real live people, not actors who are simply reading a script. The biggest challenge may be getting viewers to watch. I am not sure Monday nights is the best day for Law & Order LA to air, but as they say, beggars can’t be choosers. Personally, the show airing on Monday nights will make it impossible for me to recap and review the show quickly since my Tuesdays are filled with long standing commitments that aren’t easy to break. (I got a reprieve this week because of the double header but I can’t break appointments every week!) I may be modifying my methods of posting recaps and reviews for LOLA.

The only thing I wish they would change is the titles they chose for the episodes. Naming the episode after the scene where the crime was committed is a wasted chance to build interest in an episode. For example, Law & Order SVU is masterful at picking names for their episodes that sometime create buzz long before the episode airs. Law & Order LA desperately needs some buzz, and naming episodes after a location isn’t going to do it for them.


Here is the recap:
An intruder ambushes Don Alvin (Tim DeKay) and his family, leaving Don bound in the bathroom while he hears his wife scream. He later crawls to a neighbor house and asks for help.

Detectives Ricardo Morales (Alfred Molina) and TJ Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll) later arrive on the scene. Don’s wife and son are both dead, his wife also was raped, all while Don was restrained in the bathroom.

The detectives speak with Don, who told them he was supposed to be on a fishing trip but his son Bobby got sick and they came home. He heard a noise and when he came downstairs to get water later her got hit. He wasn’t wearing his glasses and it was dark but the man was white. The intruder was also naked. There was smudge on his left leg. He tried to look under the door and saw flashing lights coming from upstairs.

When the detectives examine the bedroom, Morales notices a light has been moved. There is bloody lingerie on the floor. They find footprints in the laundry room and they think the intruder sorted through the dirty laundry.

Back at RHD, the detectives confer with Lt. Arleen Gonzales (Rachel Ticotin) and explain what they know. Morales says it seems like the intruder had a rehearsed plan and TJ decides to check if there are any similar reports on record. Morales tells Gonzales that returning to detective is like riding a bike - except he doesn’t remember all the paperwork. He thanks her for pulling the strings to get him the job.

Gonzales then speaks with TJ who says Morales still has the chops, and when she asks about how he is doing, he tells her not to worry about him – the one to worry about is Casey. She says she will stop in on her way home.

At the home of Joe and Louise Rivlin, they talk about their experiences with an intruder. Morales notices they have a sound system just like the Alvin’s and asks for the name of their tech.

They speak with the tech from “Big Jim’s” who recalls the job. He also recalls the Alvin’s. He works by himself.

Back at RHD, TJ says 8 homes were burglarized with similar MO’s who either got AV systems installed or got estimates. One name, Nolan Sound, bid on every job but each time he prices himself out of the running by 20%. He may have been casing the house. Gonzales decides to help smoke him out.
At Gonzales' home, a man is taking notes for her fictitious sound system and she tells him she wants music even in the laundry room. She’s folding her lingerie, and adds her husband will be away from 2 weeks. She asks for a business card and he gets skittish and the detectives enter before he can leave. They cuff him. Outside, Steve Inman says he doesn’t know those guys, he said he got punked, a guy called him up and said his wife is going to show him a job and is shocked when Gonzales said it was a surprise for her husband.

Back at RHD, they confirm that Inman had an alibi. Greg Nolan also does have a contract with the state but he has been dead for 5 years. The phone number for the company is a no name cell and the email address is behind many proxies. They think he saw through their sting.

Later, Don Alvin is a RHD about Nolan Sound. He said Nolan was very polite. He also said any weekend was a good time to do the job except the last weekend because he was going away with Bobby. After Don leaves, they discuss all the cases, and until last week he was just breaking into houses, not murdering people. Gonzales tells them to check with the jurisdictions where Nolan made calls on his cell phone to see if any fit the MO.


At the home of Annette Kay (Erin Cahill), she tells them about her attack and that he took photos the whole time. She did feel a scar on his left leg. She said she told him he didn’t seem like the type to do this, and he stopped and said he was sorry and then he was gone. She had no contact with Nolan Sound. She works at a billing department in a hospital and describes how the hospital computer system had been hacked and credit card information stolen. The Secret Service investigated.

At the Secret Service office, they spoke with an agent who mentions his supervisor Raymond Garson and when TJ describe him as blond hair with glasses, the agent describes him as having brown hair and no glasses, The agent shows them a photo of Garson. They also see a scar on his leg in a photo of him running a race.

Back at RHD, they tell Gonzales what they found. TJ also gets information from Ventura Police that Joanne Dixon went missing 7 weeks ago.

At Ventura Police, the detectives get information on Joanne’s disappearance. There were heavy duty tire tracks from an SUV at the scene. They see a photo of where she worked and there is a motel across the street.

Back at RHD, they have surveillance footage from the hotel and see Garson (Jason Beghe) on it. Morales thinks they should just bring him in and talk about Annette Kay and identity theft, just to get him in there. He thinks Garson will do it as he understands the chain of command and will follow orders and if he turns them down he could tip his hand. Gonzales gives them the go ahead.

Later, TJ tells Morales that the tire tracks match the SUV that Garson was driving.
TJ looks at the clock but Morales assures him that Garson will show. Morales asks him if everything is OK, and comments it is tough losing a partner, adding he lost two, one in the line of duty and one to cancer. Morales gets a call – Garson is there. As he check in, Morales and TJ look on, and Morales says, “Now this should be interesting.”
Meanwhile, DDA Connie Rubirosa (Alana De La Garza) arrives at Robbery Homicide.

TJ brings Garson into interrogation where Morales is waiting. He talks about Annette Kay and the other similar cases of intruders. DDA Joe Dekker (Terrence Howard), DDA Rubirosa, TJ and Gonzales watch from the observation room as Morales lays out what they know to Garson. Morales mentions Annette’s comment about the scar and where Don mentioned a mark on the attacker’s leg. He then brings up the photo of him with the scar. Morales gives him an icy glare. He reminds Garson that he came in voluntarily and is free to leave. Garson nods and leans back in the chair and does not leave. Dekker, in the other room, comments to Rubirosa that the suspect acknowledges it is a non-custodial questioning and Miranda does not attach. Rubirosa says, “Really? That wouldn’t hold up in New York.”

Morales continues to talk to Garson about Joanne Dixon’s disappearance and what they know about this case and how they connect it to Garson. He asks Garson for an explanation and he has none. Morales tells him that search warrant are being issue to his home and computers and their experts will find evidence there. Morales tells him he needs honesty right now, because when the telephone rings or there is a knock on the door it’s over. He continues to pressure Garson to get in front of it, his voice raising while doing so. Garson remains silent, standing facing away from Morales. When Morales moves to leave and addresses Garson as Ray, he sternly responds to call him Raymond. Morales calls him Raymond and then moves back toward the table. Garson asks what if it was consensual with Annette, and he admits he was there. Morales asks about Joanne and it that was consensual, and Garson sits down, saying that he went to visit her. He admits she is near her house, and when Morales asks if she is outside and can see the sky, Garson shakes his head no. Morales shows him a map and asks him to point out where she it. Garson says he would like to talk to a lawyer now. Morales tries to press but Garson repeats he wants a lawyer.

Later, Morales speaks with Dekker and Rubirosa and says he thinks Garson buried her near her house. Dekker says it is not enough to get the death penalty – they need him to take them to the body. Dekker also thinks Garson set up his defense on Annette, claiming it was consensual sex. TJ brings in a report on the SUV Garson was driving and they found mud and onion skins in the undercarriage. Morales says there in an onion field near Joanne’s house. TJ thinks it will take months to search the area, but Morales asks Gonzales if she thinks she can get Ventura to get search teams out by 5 AM.

The next day, TJ and Morales take Garson out for a drive out to the onion field and where a team is searching. They watch while a body is uncovered.

Back at RHD, the detectives and DDAs look at photos of Garson wearing women’s lingerie that were found in the search of his home. Dekker says Long Beach and Ventura both signed off on an offer of life without parole. Morales wonders why he is offering anything, saying they have a bona fide death penalty case. Dekker is concerned that the victims are too traumatized.
Later, with his attorney Lane Garfield (Conor O’Farrell), Dekker and Rubirosa discuss the offer and the attorney serves Dekker with a motion saying the jury won’t hear about Joanne Dixon being buried in an onion field.

In the chambers of Judge Martha Dreyer (Francesca P. Roberts), Garfield says that the detectives questioned Garson at the onion field in volition of his rights. Dekker said there was no questioning and Garson voluntarily showed them where the body was buried. When the judge hears this was Morales’ idea, but since Morales is not an ordinary cop, she says the body is out. Garfield gives Dekker a folder and after he looks at it, he hand it to her tells Rubirosa to call her and see her today.

She shows photos of Annette in bondage to Annette, who says they were taken three years ago by her boyfriend, who gave Garson’s defense the photos. Garson is claiming she consented to the rough sex with him. She said it was torture and rape. Rubirosa said they are entitled to question her credibility, but she refuses to testify.

In Dekker’s office, Don is upset that Annette won’t testify and they are dropping the rape charge and the murder charge. It still leaves the murder of his wife and son. Don wonders what people must think of him that he could not protect his family.

In Superior Court, Don is testifying about his attack. Don says before he was knocked out he landed a few punches. He mentions the mark on Garson’s leg and the flashes of light he saw under the door. When he finally got loose he found his wife and son dead. Under cross examination, he asks about the struggle and Garfield asks why he had no bruises and said there wasn’t any defensive wounds on his body. He accuses Don of making the whole thing up, saying that his wife had sex with Garson and Don caught them when he came home unexpectedly, saying Don concocted a lie.

Afterwards, Rubirosa mentions Don's credibility is an issue and Dekker asks what he is trying to accomplish. Don says he is getting emails saying he did not do enough. He shows them the emails, one email said his son puked out his guts all the way back from Big Bear but still had more guts than him. Dekker comments that the fact Don’s son was sick was not given to the media. Don said he told no one except his wife when she was in the kitchen.

At LA County Jail, they search Garson’s cell and found a smart phone. Dekker tells them not to confiscate it, they will put a tap on it.

Later, Garson is testifying on the stand, saying he used the ID of a deceased AV technician to work on his day off. He mentions that the sexual encounters were consensual and the stolen lingerie was sexual curiosity. He said Kathy Alvin invited him back when his husband was gone and they had sex and when he left she was alive and well. He says he is not proud of what he did and he dishonored the Secret Service.

Dekker cross examines him and asks about his investigations while working the job. Dekker gets him to admit that if a person revealed he had knowledge of details of a crime only known by the offender that the person would be guilty. Garson says he did not know that Don cut short his fishing trip because his son became ill and said all he knows today is that they had to come home because the boy was sick. Dekker asks if he heard about if from the hiding place n the laundry room, and Garson says no, he wasn’t there. Dekker brings out the harassing email to Don about his son getting ill on the trip that came from Garson’s cell phone that was found in Garson’s cell and it was proven to come from that cell phone, and only the killer would know those details. The judge gives the defense 48 hours to examine the evidence before it can be admitted. Dekker says they can have all the time they need.

Later, as Garson is being led out of Dekker’s office, Don is there glaring at him. Rubirosa says Garson took two life sentences without parole, and Dekker hopes he will approve. Don, standing there with Morales, nods his head in approval. As Rubirosa and Dekker walk off, Morales offers to buy him a drink. Don asks “you have a family?" and when Morales nods yes, Don tells him to go home. Don walks off, leaving Morales standing there alone, as we fade to black.

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26 comments:

Michael said...

Moving Alfred Molina was a mistake.He will dominate every episode now, and he's too out of shape to do the cop stuff. Something tells me contract issues played a part in this decision.

Alana De La Garza is a good addition. though. She was one of my faves on the earlier series.

Esaul said...

It had nothing to do with contracts. Originally the plan was for Howard and Molina to alternate. Then Wolf decided to let Ulrich go. They came up with the idea of Molina's character going from DDA to a cop again, they ran it by Molina, and he agreed to it.

This episode was great, everyone fit so well together. Love having Alana back.

Michael said...

Well, I'm sorry to see Ulrich go (I liked him). Honestly - and this isn't a slam on Molina, who is very good, - I would have found a new cop, and considered dropping or promoting Molina.

gahks said...

I think Molina's great! I agree with All Things: he brings real presence to the show, a high-profile name that the show needs.

Not so sure about the new opening sequence: granted, it's edgy, but I wanted something more in the style of the mothership. It works anyway, but it's not great.

Despite all the promotion, "Law & Order: LA" is really sagging in the ratings. :/ The writers and producers need to generate more buzz and fast. Better, catchier titles is one solution. Big hot button issues is another. Where was that episode based on the Proposition 8 lobbying by black churches that we were promised? I was looking forward to that one!

Balcer et al. aren't doing badly - the overhaul has served them well - but now it's about consolidating the improvements and making up for lost ground and lost time.

cbsplaysdirty said...

I agree with Michael's first comment. Molina looks so out of place both in appearance and mannerisms as a cop and he was the superior DA so if they let anyone go, it should have been Howard who was the weak link in the first season. Molina should have been kept as sole DA, Ulrich was good with Stoll, Boone and Regina not very memorable.

Molina and Stoll look like Mutt and Jeff and had zero chemistry on screen. Stoll actually looked better WITH the 'stache shockingly.

I have a feeling LOLA will be cancelled soon, and the ratings were abysmal. There is no way it can compete on Monday nights. It was and forever will be, slaughtered.

xfool said...

They should have made Alana to be Terrence Howard's boss. I wouldhave loved that. Howard was much better here but I don't get what people see in him in this role, he's still too bland.

Great episode, though. I agree that Alfred Molina steals the show. Wow, he is very intense. I like Corey too. I hope this show makes it, after these two episodes I have hope (although the ratings look bad).

daehypeels said...

This episode is based on the serial killer/rapist Colonel Russell Williams in Canada (which was recently featured in Dateline and 48 Hour Mystery) almost to a T:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Williams

I was surprised no one commented on that.

nygma619 said...

@ Michael Out of shape to do the cop stuff? Richard Belzer looks like he's aged ALOT on SVU, but you don't see anyone questioning HIS ability to be a good cop. The same thing goes for Lennie Briscoe.

Alfred Molina is fine as a cop. And I was definitely impressed with Molina in this episode. And I'm gonna enjoy watching him in his new role.

I questioned the reasoning behind Corey Stoll getting rid of the mustache. But after seeing him and Molina side by side, I can see why they did this. When Stoll was with Ulrich, the mustache helped convey someone who looked older & more experienced. With Molina and them working together, Molina obviously takes over that role now, and w/out the mustache it makes TJ look younger when contrasted with Morales. I can see TJ being the lighter and more humorous of the detectives, and Ricardo Morales being the straight man, and hopefully they go this route with their dynamic.

Great to see a familiar face in Connie Rubirosa; I too would've liked an explanation for her move, but for now I just assumed she's been working with Dekker for a while now, and we'll probably get an explanation down the road.

Terrence Howard was ALOT better here, as I can somewhat see why he was casted in THIS role. Dekker does a good job portraying a calm, but calculating sense of control.

Not totally in love with the new opening, but it's doable. And I'm just glad this show has one now.

Hopefully they grow out of the locations for titles phase. But for now the show is alot better than what it was doing, and hopefully things get better.

kit said...

This is the best episode to date for LOLA. I for one am glad that they retooled, the show really needed it. Still don't like Terence but now at least there are fewer characters that hurt the show. Love that Alana is back! I love her!

There is one more thing that I miss from the mothership, and that's the handheld shots. The slight motion/shaky shots add a lot of realism to the show. Glad they have some of that in this episode.

janethyland said...

Part 1

Wolf retooled LOLA to be more like Mothership and now it has Mothership ratings to match. Mothership ratings ranged between 1.5 and 1.9 in key demo for its final season. The relaunch of LOLA averaged 1.5 over the hour, with an audience of 6million.Over the two hours it averaged between 1.3 and 1.6.Thats a new low for the series in both demo and overall numbers,a disaster considering the amount of publicity they gave it, and considering two of those actors are international with fan followings, Molinas and Howard. Premieres usually bring in the highest numbers until finales, and two hour specials usually have high numbers.

I particularly like the critic who said LOLA was now “paint by numbers Law and Order”. Others have been less generous, but most agree that the show didn’t need retooling and was doing fine. The retooling is obviously something to do with Wolf and his obsession over Mothership because all the changes are about making LOLA into another Mothership. The show colours are now drab greys more in keeping with New York than the warm sunny oranges of LA. The opening music is a variation on the Mothership theme. The incidental music has gone and the Mothership written place names are back. Have Balcer and Blake Masters left the show too, because that’s what it feels like?

Funny how the sites seem to be full of so called “fans” suddenly saying how wonderful it all is, despite the fact it’s the same writers, taking their cue from Wolf who let them know beforehand it was “wonderful” so they could follow in line. When there is a discrepancy between what is being said on sites and what is happening with ratings, (as there was during season 7 in LOCI where the sites were negative but the ratings were at their best), then you know sites are being manipulated by sock puppets for a particular purpose, and that purpose would be to support decisions already made by management. Wolf was wrong with LOCI and he is wrong now. Thats the real crime here; he has murdered his own creation for the sake of a creation already dead.

janethyland said...

Part 2

Instead of letting this show develop and evolve naturally as it was beginning to do with the best ratings of all new dramas on NBC, it was unnecessarily removed to become something forced, contrived, controlled. Now the only natural and spontaneous thing left is RACHEL TICHOTEN. She is now the best thing in it. The rest is lifeless and over thought, formulaic.

The sensitivity and nuances of Dekker have now been given to Morales. He is now the sensitive one, speaking with an American accent but with English mannerisms, which makes it odd. That didn’t seem to matter when he was a DA but it shows up on the street. Dekker is now horrible, arrogant, stiff, heavy looking, dull. I guess his easel went with his creativity.

His ADA/DA/whatever is another in a long line of model types always used in this franchise.( In fact there was a recent article by someone who even supports the franchise which stated the main qualification required to be ADA in this franchise is to be a model and look good).This stereotype power dresses and struts as if on a cat walk. So now we have the “beautiful couple” posing for the legal profession and the “other couple”, who aren’t beautiful, grubbing around the streets.

Sweren is an excellent writer but I preferred Sylmar. Strong interaction between Coyote and Morales. Best shot of the two hours was Cory looking back over his shoulder to the camera. How come a male lawyer can have an earring in his ear but female adas/das always have to look the same. Nice use of Mexican mural art. Silver Lake was slow and dull. I couldn’t wait for it to end.

A lot of people really liked this show. That was evident in the beginning, even if they weren’t part of the Law and Order fan club. That fan club did nothing but moan about the loss of Mothership, peeved that another show should exist but not theirs. Wolf has listened to those voices because it suits the voice inside his own head, but in doing so he has discarded the real audience of LOLA, a show that had a developing identity, but is now just part of the Mothership production line.

You can keep it.I no longer have any interest in LOLA and wont watch another episode.
Make way for the rebuttals and sandbagging….

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Dalton said...

I for one enjoyed the two episodes, but I only liked the second half of "Zuma Canyon". I must say though, the writing AND the acting has improved. I gave up on LOLA, but now I think I'll start watching again.

Also, on the note of the opening theme, I too think it's edgy and modern, but just doesn't fit the brand. I think it should have used the old end credits theme, which might have looked like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP85px_tZ10

nygma619 said...

@ Janetthyland:
"but most agree that the show didn’t need retooling and was doing fine."

Who are these people saying this? Most agreed that the 2 female dda's added nothing to the show. And a lot of people agreed that having Howard & Molina switching off every week is counterproductive for viewers.

If they were trying to make it in to a mothership clone we wouldn't have saw an opening that felt different from the usual law & order openings. And we wouldn't have location names as titles for episodes.

And Alfred Molina is ANYTHING but lifeless and/or dull, I think your just seeing things.

janethyland said...

Exactly,Im seeing alot.

The music is a variation on the old theme. listen to it carefully and youll hear its transposition.

The people saying this are the critics, not the strategically used Law and Order original fans who simplky adore the retooling because its now no longer LOLA but a Mothership Mark 2....with Alana specially included for you all.

nygma619 said...

I know the music is a variation, and just where are these critics saying this?

I can also guarantee that most critics, weren't feeling LOLA when it first started.

janethyland said...

Are you here so early?

They hated the premiere,which Wolf co wrote with Masters.They quite liked episode 2. It was working itself through nicely and the ratings were good. NBC was pleased and stated so.None of their other new shows had ratings to compete.The critics still dont like it much.

The main difference is the Mothership fans now have another Mothership.It looks a little different but its basically the same, and more so with the ada/da cloning.

cbsplaysdirty said...

Quote from Jane:
****Funny how the sites seem to be full of so called “fans” suddenly saying how wonderful it all is, despite the fact it’s the same writers, taking their cue from Wolf who let them know beforehand it was “wonderful” so they could follow in line****

I'm high-fiving you Jane. I have gone to EW and other sites trying to voice my views on the show and I adhere to the rules of posting, and yet my comments are moderated and never posted because I am not Pro-Lola. There are some negative comments on the sites, but nothing that really lists the reasons why the show is drab, like predictable, uninspired writing.

The one thing I am happy about this blogspot is that you don't censor [as far as I know ;) ] posters comments.

I wanted this show to work, but I think the changes were totally in the wrong direction and how they handled the DA to cop story was so hammy and forced that I felt bad for Molina and Coyote having to deliver those lines. It was embarrassingly bad and awkward. Not in a great tense scene king of way, but so contrived and artificial.

I actually think Stoll looked better with the mustache as now there is just too much skin and he looks like a Polish plummer. They should make him wear a lot of hats. The character Powder comes to mind.

I don't think Molina and Stoll meshed together well, and they can play it up as being awkward because Morales was thrown in with TJ, and wouldn't TJ be pissed at Morales for not being able to convict his partner's murderer??? It is all so high school in terms of plot. A stuffed MacGuffin should be the mascot for the show.

Back to my original point, I found it VERY ODD that so many people were chomping at the bit to post positive comments about 2.0 when the viewers dropped 32%. Somewhat of a statistical anomaly methinks.

gahks said...

Let's see what happens in the coming weeks with the ratings and the stories for the next few episodes, before we jump to any premature conclusions...

All Things Law and Order said...

cbsplaysdirty - I rarely delete posts and only do so if someone uses inappropriate vulgarity or if they're overly insulting to other posters. Approval is needed on blog posts after the topic is up for a week or so and that's just to stay ahead of the spammers who love to hit on older posts.

I laughed at your comment about the Polish plummer. My husband's ancestors came from Poland...and my husband also has a mustache. When he watched this episode he commented that he thinks Corey's face needed "something" and then he said, "I know - he needs a mustache!" Personally, I liked Corey's 'stache.

janethyland said...

Hello CBSplaysdirty...I think you are picking up on a business strategy where you make sure your product looks good, even if it isnt!

Have you noticed the way Skeet fans seem to be less visible when before they were all over the sites? Manipulation of fansites has always gone on because fans are eager to please and fall in. Id say networks etc are wise to it by now.

As you say, ratings are a better guide and 32% drop is huge considering the amount of publicity the relaunch had, and considering it was on for two hours on NBC. At some point during the evening people would tune in and find it....but obviously not many.

Ratings may pick up when the other shows like H50 and Castle are in repeat or finished, after May.But if thats the case,its a second best at best.

I would have loved to stay engaged with the show and join you in discussion about it, but Im not watching it anymore.I was one of its most ardent supporters before Christmas...but not any longer.It was a show in its own right with possibilities,now its Mothership mark 2 and that doesnt interest me.

Commiserations!

cbsplaysdirty said...

@Janethyland

The IMDB site is crawling with shills and it is quite annoying. They were no where to be found when the show originally aired, but now, after watching one episode, the LOLA 2.0 is a television classic for the ages.

@Allthings...

I usually am put off by facial hair, especially the mustache. It just gives me a 70's porn star vibe and it dates a person. I was actually very concerned before the show started and complained that the name Rex and TJ's mustache could sink the show before it got off the ground. I still cringe at the Rex name as it is just not suited for the actor or the det. position, but Corey rocked the stache. He had a retro Magnum PI feel and it added a little dimension to the physical appearance of Corey who is a good looking guy. But now it is too much skin between the bald head and no facial hair. It's like when Montell Williams shaved his stache....

@Janethyland again...
I'm with you. I had spent a lot of time on message boards trying to promote this show and discussing what I would have done to improve it, and not only were none of the ideas I had proposed (no, no, I'm not delusional, I didn't expect them to cater to my whims) attempted, they changed all the wrong things. I don't know how Howard is still there, he is just not working in that role. In Iron Man, a comic cartoon type of movie he was good, but not as an DA.

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cathouchka said...

Did you notice, in this episode, when they show her badge, it's written that Connie's real name is Constance and not Consuela as believed before ? Do you have any idea as to why all the sites say it is Consuela ? Was it ever told before ?
Screen cap

nygma619 said...

@ janethyland: Ratings whether they add or drop don't indicate quality, and it's getting tiresome that you or cbs keep saying this just because your upset about Skeet Ulrich not being on the show anymore.

SallyAnn said...

My idea was not to let Winters go, but add a 4th Detective to go with Morales, like SVU used to have. Munch has been gone so much this season its 3 part times.