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Life is an NBC police drama about a police detective who is released from prison after serving 12 years for a crime he didn't commit. Charlie Crews (Damien Lewis) is released from Pelican Bay State Prison after DNA evidence proves he didn't murder his former business partner Tom Seyboldt and two of his immediate family members. Having lost his wife, job, friends and all contact with the outside world, Crews makes it his mission to solve the murder that cost him 12 years of his life. Crews rejoins the police department, much to the chagrin of his boss Lt. Karen Davis (Robin Weigart), who makes it her business to run him out of the department for good. Crews is partnered with Det. Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi), a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, who is battling her own demons. Crews is forced to confront various people in his past to unravel the mystery behind who framed him and why.

Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis

Charlie Crews

Adam Arkin

Adam Arkin

Ted Earley

Donal Logue

Donal Logue

Captain Kevin Tidwell (Season 2-)

Brent Sexton

Brent Sexton

Bobby Stark

Sarah Shahi

Sarah Shahi

Dani Reese

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  • I WANT MY LIFE BACK

    6.0
    Synopsis revealed.



    For the longest time I have been waiting for the return of one of TV's best shows, LIFE starring Damian Lewis as Charlie Crews Jnr.

    At the closure of season 2, we discovered the Charlie was 'the chosen one', but for what ?

    Let me draw your attention to a singular episode and a catch phrase noted:

    "There were 6, now there is 5, it could easily be 4 !".



    These are words spoken to Jack Reese by an unknown man sitting in the back seat of Jacks Cadillac. It is assumed that this man was the leader for the original 6. So far, we only had 3 of the 6 identified during season 2, they were Jack Reese; James Dunn (deceased), and Mickey Rayborn. The remaining 3 are still unknown. These were the original 6 that were members of the tac team that robbed the Bank of Los Angeles, where in my minds eye, this really all began long before Crews was jailed for 12 years.

    We know what happened to James Dunn, he committed suicide. The handgun he was cleaning did not go off accidentally. Mickey Rayborn went on to be a high society power monger, while Jack Reese did not keep any of his money instead donating a the $4M he was given to charity, anonymously.

    Rayborn turned his share into millions more. More than Charlie, and more than Ted Earley, self confessed by Ted himself. Somewhere in all of this, Roman Nerikov was out of pocket. My question is how ? Roman Nevikov was too young to be apart of the original 6 when the Bank of Los Angeles was robbed, so too was Charlie Crews, so both of these guys are out. Mickey Rayborn said he saw Crews at the Academy and knew he was the one to lead for the future. What does that mean exactly ? And to lead what ???



    The Bank of Los Angeles $18M was divided among who besides Jack and Mickey ? That leaves 4 shares, we are to assume James Dunn received nothing, otherwise Crews would have found out. Crews Bar partner, Tom Seyboldt was supposed to be laundering money for the original 6. Apparently he could not be bought, and Crews determined this in the almost final episodes Season2. He still believed him to be a good man. But, why would they need to launder money through Seyboldt ? They already had 6 bent cops on the take, why would they need Charlie Crews at all ? This brings me to the plan to frame Crews for the slaying of Tom and his family which ensued.



    There is another question which I find myself to be in unfamiliar territory, why was Lt. Karen Davies relieved of duty and demoted to detective and partnered up with (SAM) The detective whose stripper wife left him and replaced by Capt Tidwell (Donal Logue) a non Californian ?



    Special Agent Paul Bodner was on Nevikov's payroll, but to what end ? Bodner sent his family away, he wasn't living a high life and yet continued to pander to Roman's every whim. What was it that Nevikov had over Bodner in the first place ?



    We also know that Carl Aimes framed Crews for the slaying of the Seybodt family members and he arranged to have Rachael hidden. That Jack Reese had him killed because he was a drunk and on the border to reveal the entire plan. We know that Jack arranged it, because he was the man that orchestrated Kyle Hollis' cover. He knew where to reach out and find Kyle Hollis at anytime, further that he and Aimes had Rachael hidden in the Hostel for her gunshot recovery. AT no time has Aimes been indicated in the original 6 in the photo referred to.



    So that leaves us with Lt. Karen Davies, Retired Detective Carl Aimes, being removed from the equation completely, she is still upright just demoted, WHY !!



    Was it Nevikovs role to launder the money stolen from the Bank of LA after the Seaboldt slaying ? We are not privildged to know this. In the final episode, both Charlie and Roman are at a stand off, in what I presume to be Charlie and Toms old Bar. Crews realises that Rayborn was to choose one of the other to lead them, but lead what ?



    How does Roman fit into this aside being a mobster, killer and all round tool ?



    Roman was never listed or indicated as such to be ion the Academy, so why did Rayborn have to CHOOSE between either of them in the first place ?



    Rayborn arranged his own death, why, who was he running from ? Was it Roman ? What did Rayborn have that Roman wanted besides the power, the list, and the money ? Why did Roman believe that Rayborn owed him in the first place ?



    There are so many unanswered questions in this. The final question I have is this:



    How could Ted Earley, who was sent to jail once, paroled, sent back in by Bogner via a pair of bent cops handled by Roman Nevikov suddenly say " Going to Spain" to be with Olivia ? Surely he would not have a passport to leave the country, after all, he is still on parole and in violation to his terms of release he did still have 4 years left if memory serves me correctly!



    Who was the man still unknown to us in the back of Jack Reese car ?



    Surely Jack Reese was a protected man, why on earth did Roman reveal he killed him to Dani Reese and say, your father cried just before I killed him ? Seems very out of character for someone like Jack Reese to cry !!



    Not much else was revealed with Rachael after Charlie put her on the plane.



    Where did she go? She had no one in her corner and if Roman had so much reach, surely she would have been exposed completely?



    What was Charlie's mother name ?



    What did Charlie Senior do he appeared to be quite wealthy in his own right. Why would Olivia someone perhaps half his age marry him anyway?



    How was it that Ted Earley went back to prison, spent perhaps 8 weeks inside, came out after Charlie shot Bodner in the thigh, and resumed his position as a teacher without compromise to the position? I would have thought he would have been replaced instantly!



    Who taught the students in his absence anyway?



    The final catch phrase:





    ONE PLUS ONE EQUALS ONE This meant love.



    Therefore Reese and Crews were meant to spent the rest of there time together, instead we cut away to looking into the sun at the Orange Farm. How was Tidwell going to feel about that little nugget ?



    So tell, me why were we only given a show that finished with so many unanswered questions which in the end did not add up to a hill of beans ? Don't get me wrong, it's a brilliant show, with brilliant casting, but I have like so many im sure been left feeling robbed. I WANT MY LIFE BACK, just like Crews did!









    The aftermath:



    Since the show was cancelled, Damian Lewis went on to make atleast 3 movies and another show Homeland.



    Sarah Shahi went on to make two additional tv shows, both of which are now finalised, Persons of Interest and .



    I can only assume by the fact she spent a great deal of time sitting in a chair during the final episodes of LIFE and only saw her from the mid section up because she fell pregnant, and dispensed with the idea of continuing LIFE for that reason, and that alone. It could have easily been written into the script with her and Tidwell continuing there onscreen relationship, after all they were practically living together anyway.

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  • Bring Back Life

    10
    This was one of the few intellectual programs on tv. The acting was superb. Cancel some of the inane reality tv programming and get this program back with the same cast. Kristy
  • Bring "LIFE" back

    10
    I started again to watch the show "Life" 2007-2009, what an outstanding show. Excellent acting, brilliantly written, captivating characters and top that with a stellar cast; Damian Lewis and Sara Shahi. "Life" was indeed an exceptional show, but with time slot mismanagement and some what a head of its time, it did not reach its potential.

    Rolling forward to today and with Damian Lewis exceptional performance in "Homeland", I do urge NBC to give it some consideration in to reviving "Life" in 2015-2016. I totally understand the complexity and strain of the corporate world, but beyond doubt "Life" time is here, now and with aforementioned characteristics it is a recipe for succeed.

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  • Bring Back Life

    10
    Just watched series 1&2 brilliant, googled to see when series 3 was coming and can't believe it was made so long ago and was cancelled after 2. I love shows like this, Damien Lewis and cast are brilliant in this, on the back of Damian Lewis's recent success this show should be reinstated. Sad there is no more.
  • Life should make a comeback

    9.5
    i wish they would bring this show back for a 3rd season...
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    for men, failed crime, corruption, gunfights, tale of revenge