As a fan of the Closer this show has disappointed me. The story line does not cause me to care about any of the characters. The sub-plot about Randy needs to go (so does he). At best it was only interesting in one episode. The detective (Kearran Giovanni) that replaced David, is totally out of place in the story. Commander Taylor's roles sucks. The way he treats that Captain is without cause. She should be be promoted to Commander. G.W. Bailey, should be promoted to Captain. This would give their conflict more tension. To the writers, do a better job and pull the story together. I hope it gets better.
I disagree with the other reviews below; this was an excellent ensemble piece. Excellent & subtle, as well as comic, acting from every cast member. I watched it twice back to back. Well written. "Whodunnit" wasn't the point here, obviously. Necar Zadegan, wow! Michael Weatherly totally cracked me up.
This was probably the weakest episode to date, leaving me not caring a whit about the mystery. The only bit that I really enjoyed was Rusty's delight at having Raydor stand up for him since its clearly something that he wasn't expecting. I think their relationship is quickly becoming the heart of the show, and I think the writers a doing a brilliant job with Rusty and Raydor, even if I do have issues with the other elements in this episode.
I am enjoying the show and find myself looking forward to each week's installment. I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the last because I had a hard time following the crime and the players involved with it. There was too much mob stuff and various bad people to try to keep track of. The twist at the end was well done.
I am enjoying the Rusty/Sharon dynamic a lot. Last week's ending tugged at the heartstrings and this week's was even better. Even though he doesn't get it because he's too young, having someone who will always know you and be there for you is very, very special. To know that there is one person in the world that will always be there for you is a blessing many people don't have.
I also have to admit that I never liked that New York rough edge that The Closer had. It was an excellent show and Major Crimes has the potential to have a nice run as well.
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