Tony Denison, G.W. Bailey
I was supposed to post some afterthoughts about "All In," last Tuesday or Wednesday and, instead, I am late with my entry about this week's new episode, (which was directed by Jon Tenney, better known to our fan base as Special Agent Fritz Howard). It just goes to show you that our best intentions can suddenly be overwhelmed by the unforeseen. In my case, the surprise was sinusitis and a prescription for some fierce, energy-sapping antibiotics that have forced me to adjust my professional plans. While physically irritating, it has made me even more sympathetic to the detectives in Major Crimes, all of whom find themselves dealing with the unexpected when their holiday vacation gets derailed by a shopping trip to Venice Beach.
We begin with Flynn and Provenza ambling through one of the kookiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles...
Mary McDonnell, Graham Patrick Martin
If the recent exigencies of the Great Recession have taught us anything — doubtful, honestly, considering how easily it could all happen again — it's that humans tend to take for granted the status quo in unhealthy ways, and that, worse, we tend to equate being rich with great wealth. During the financial downturn, many people were amazed to find how ephemeral their finances turned out to be. We woke from a sleepy sense of entitlement to find we had been living in a bubble.
So our victim tonight, the manager of a very small investment fund, turns out to have taken on more risk than he knew; his friends and family, who trusted him with their money, are horrified to find that he essentially sold their cow for magic beans, and their lives on country club estates are more tenuous than they first supposed.
Graham Patrick Martin , Bill Brochtrup
As we discussed in the previous blog, one way of dealing with those who hurt us is to forgive them, and another way of dealing with them is murder. Forgiveness seems to be the better route.
This is not to say I'm for dismissing charges in a homicide. The law should have its own say in dealing with criminal behavior. Grace is a human reaction; governments must look at murder in another way. But allowing the justice system to manage our passions and anger and desire for revenge could be one of the best innovations of human civilization.
Clearly, however, the justice system has flaws...
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...
Mary McDonnell, Michael Paul Chan, G.W. Bailey
Our summer season comes to an end with what many of us believe is the best episode of Major Crimes so far. I won't go into a long explanation here about the difference between spree killers and serial killers except to say that, usually, spree killers are much more impulsive and lack an exit strategy, while serial killers mainly want to get away with it. Consider the differences between Andrew Cunanan, who buckled under stress and then murdered his way across the United States, and the Zodiac Killer, who has yet to be found.
Graham Patrick Martin
Some very vocal Major Crimes fans have taken to social media to express their dislike for Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin), the troubled foster son of Capt. Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell). As on-screen threats against the teen murder witness intensify, could Rusty's days come to an end on the TNT drama's August 19 summer finale?
In the seventh episode of our summer long examination of identity, we actively consider that oldest of old saws, "Don't judge a book by it's cover." We are usually taught this elemental lesson in judgment when we're very young, and (for many) it begins the effort to hone the native suspicion of human nature. There are too many examples of how people have been led astray by appearances to repeat them here, but one should not have to go back very far in American history to locate tragic mistakes that occur when people form false impressions based entirely on semblance. But Major Crimes is only an hour drama on television, and not a civics lesson; many of the questions we ask have no answers...
Jon Bernthal, Eric Dane
TNT and TBS unveiled their new programming slates Thursday, including projects from Frank Darabont, Steven Spielberg, Steve Carell, Dick Wolf and more.
"For a decade, we've been beating the drum the loudest — that cable is as good as broadcast," Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, said in a statement. "Now, our industry has reached a tipping point. From creative strength to ratings power, cable has emerged as the leader in television. I'm proud of the role we've played at TNT and TBS. Today, we're looking toward the next horizon — becoming a multiscreen video company serving multiple audiences."