Esai Morales, G.W. Bailey, Mary McDonnell
Perhaps no single trait builds character more than the capacity to forgive. Compassion for those who have offended us can be hard to learn. Yet this is the curious paradox found near the center of the human heart: those who hurt us the most, are usually the ones most in need of our sympathy. Still, how to pardon an injury that can never be redressed? And what happens to us when we can't? ...
Graham Patrick Martin
Here's a short post to talk about our continuing story on Major Crimes: the ordeal of the material witness, Rusty Beck, as he travels toward his appointment with destiny.
Series regulars on crime shows tend to represent those most responsible for the proper arrest of a criminal. But the justice system oftentimes depends on witnesses; even DNA evidence must be presented by the person who analyzed it, providing a human face and voice to the dryer aspects of court proceedings...
Major Crimes returns this Monday, November the 25th, with eight new episodes running through the holidays and on into the first of two weeks of January. Last summer ended as threatening letters to Rusty were discovered by DDA Emma Rios, and Sharon Raydor was taking her material witness into Chief Taylor's office for a conference on his future...
For most of our last season, the questions we've been asking about love deal with its passionate side. In the five winter episodes, we have veered slowly towards the costs of that passion. As I have noted before, the only real promise you ever get with love is that it must end; that we go on loving, in the face of certain loss, is one of the nobler traits of humanity; in fact, it may be our saving grace as a species.
Devotion and adoration are not restricted to things that are good for us...
Kyra Sedgwick, Frances Sternhagen, Barry Corbin
One of the greatest side benefits of my work on The Closer has been the time I get to spend thinking about our themes. This last season, which revolves around love, has provided me countless hours of reflection, examining the best of all human emotions and, to my mind, the most powerful. When you have a choice, and love is one of the options, the decision usually becomes obvious.
For me, life is broken down into a series of families...
Kyra Sedgwick, Frances Sternhagen and Barry Corbin
In our season-long examination of love, The Closer would be remiss if it didn't pause to consider the fuzziest of all human passions: a fondness for our own golden past.
Hardly anything tickles warm, childhood memories like the holidays. Gifts, decorations, friendly gatherings, family feasting and favorite songs blend to paint a glowing patina over our best memories. Unfortunately, the American brand of nostalgia borders on amnesia, and holding on to our youthful attachments oftentimes requires overlooking a host of problematic truths, or so our intrepid civilian tech, Buzz Watson, discovers when dragging his younger sister, Casey, on their annual trip to a local Christmas fair...
As The Closer returns for its last winter season ever (on its way to its series finale next summer), I think it's only right to begin with a seasonal expression of gratitude. We could not be finishing our story on such a high note if you had not come along for the ride.
So what can you expect between the first Monday after Thanksgiving and the last Monday in December? The Closer sets off by investigating the death of a high school principal...
The Closer often uses legal terms for titles, not merely to reference the jargon of police officers, but also to describe the plight of our characters, and to tie all that together with the theme. Our next episode is a case in point, as we consider the love of the chase in our summer finale, "Fresh Pursuit."
We begin at the end of a very long hunt. Brenda sits in a courtroom, backed up by her husband and the Major Crimes Division of the LAPD, while her attorney, Gavin Q. Baker duels with opposing counsel, Peter Goldman, on whether the case filed by the family of Turell Baylor should be dismissed...
Of all the darker passions lurking in the ordinary psyche, none is more brilliantly deceptive than the love of glory. Fame-seeking destroys decent people in ways only an addict could truly comprehend. Wars, political debacles, the dispassionate way one's personal honor is laid aside in order to bask in the bonfire of a media burnout: the infamy of fame knows no limits and, once embraced, can hardly ever be fully released.
Sadly, most of us are more susceptible to the influence of celebrity than we would like to admit...
Mary McDonnell and Kyra Sedgwick
In "Family Affair," we examine one of love's deeper, and darker, demands. Sooner or later, in any relationship, one's worst qualities become impossible to ignore. Living together, for example, is the quickest known way to obliterate the softer edges of romance. "Will love remain," we cannot help but wonder, "when all my faults are finally laid bare, and others know the worst?"
This is the question our victim would ask, if only she could talk, as her inquiring mother shows up, insisting her daughter did not overdose on drugs; to prove it, our distraught parent must come to terms with several ugly truths about a child she has not seen in years. Will the grieving mother still love her daughter when she knows all?
Chief Johnson and Captain Raydor find themselves in something of the same dilemma as they try to discover, once and for all, how Major Crimes ended up being sued over the death of Turell Baylor....