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  1. madmaverick

    S01.E16: Greenlight

    Worst episode ever. Was it written by Hawley? Even if it wasn't, killing the Capt. wouldn't have happened if he hadn't conceived or okayed it. Unfortunately, I was spoiled. Argh, social media. I've commented before that this isn't the kind of show that goes dark, that has cops being bad etc., so count me surprised that it would kill off a series regular (at this early stage). Bad call imo. First of all I thought the storytelling was a melodramatic mess this episode and it was a cheap death with too much stupidity that neither the character of the Captain nor the actress deserved. I thought the climatic scenes were incredulous more than compelling myself. I'm never a fan when they turn the volume up to melodrama and that's what they did here. The show does better when it's slice of life rather than high action shootouts. I am sorry, but this episode wasn't well written enough to generate any pathos for me from the Capt's death. It was just like one minute she was here and the next she was dead and oh now life goes on except we'll wear black ribbons on our badges. It all felt like surface emotion rather than anything moving that good writing does. Just the idea that it was the 2 of them out on patrol(which I would have loved to see more in any other circumstances, alas) with a target on Nolan's back without additional backup seemed the height of foolishness to me. I'm not sure the Captain egging on a killer with a fragile ego was the smartest idea ever either. And the idea that cops only turned on the pressure on gangs when one of their own was a target didn't sit well with me. The end scene of Nolan arresting the idiot didn't do anything for me. The sentiments delivered by the cops re dead Capt were well said but those lines were so heavy handed. No nuance, no subtlety, no messy emotions that come with a shocking death like this. So basically this episode did not work for me and not just because they killed off the Capt. I also think they made the wrong move to kill the Capt because A) we'll see, but I'm not convinced that it's going to drive the storytelling forward in a big way and I'm not convinced that failing to save someone/one of them getting shot (which already happened) couldn't have driven storytelling in those directions. B) This is the first time I've watched Mercedes Mason in anything but I thought she had a really likable screen presence here which was an asset to the show, and she had good chemistry with NF as well as others. It's a shame to see her go. C) The Capt. character was definitely underutilized and as I've said before, kind of a thankless role in these shows because the writers never seem to know what to do with her. But the tidbits they dropped about the Capt being ex-Marine and being divorced could have been explored further. As was the idea that she chose Nolan to come to her precinct because she saw the value in his experience. It all just felt like an unnecessary death of a character and a cheap kill to shock, cheap way to shake things up for an episode or two. Finally, I also don't think showing a white supremacist gang with military grade weapons was the most sensitive move this week in light of the white supermacist killing in NZ. But hey, if a fictional killing of a TV character by a white surpremacist with military grade weapons can actually make the U.S. do something about gun control for once, I'm all for it. But doubtful. To summarize, this was the worst episode by far for me. It amplified all the weaknesses in the writing, especially when it descended into melodrama but even before that. The writing on this show has been mediocre at best, but there were moments when I thought it might get better. Not here.
  2. madmaverick

    S01.E15: Manhunt

    Just for aesthetic reasons so there's not much of a height difference, though it's not that important to me. Chemistry and acting skills are far more important. It's just nice if actors can look at each other at eye level without stooping or looking down/up too much.
  3. madmaverick

    S01.E15: Manhunt

    Lol. There are weirdos who will send you an actual photo of their eggplant when you barely know them, which just NO. If Nolan were to send this pic text, I would give him points for creativity but TMI? Where's the mystery? I do like text messages especially for group chats, but some people do text waaay too much, like who has the time to read a gazillion messages? Sometimes some things are easier said by text than in person; sometimes text makes you think more before typing (saying) something. Some people like to just record voice messages if they aren't great typers so that can approximate more of a real phone conversation, I guess. Young people these days will record a million IG or Snapchat stories but you won't find them trying to call someone on the phone. Video chat, maybe. But texting is definitely here to stay. I even know people whose bio line is "too busy to talk, please text". Make of that what you will. I miss old fashioned letter writing too but that's mostly gone. Except postcards, maybe. But whatever the format, I think people are still seeking that connection via communication. Talia's line was really one of the best so far.
  4. madmaverick

    S01.E15: Manhunt

    OK maybe she did write down a "call me" though I was guessing it was more likely a signature followed by a number scribbled down, which he could do with whatever he liked. Maybe it's an age group thing, but I've had lots of friends asked out by text for first coffee dates and such. Even broken up by text (which was not cool, imo). People rarely call. Everything's done by text messaging these days. Even amongst friends. And the prevalence of dating apps means there is a lot of text messaging going on. In a way text is preferred to a phone call when you just meet someone because you can better control the parameters.
  5. madmaverick

    S01.E15: Manhunt

    Back to the episode itself, didn't like it as much as last week's. Thought Nolan would have texted Sarah Shahi's character after she gave him her number but I guess he's old school? I.e. showing his age lol or he's ballsy in going straight for the (too soon heh) phone call than the text. Why do I think that the "lying ruins rapport" line is going to be worked into their relationship down the line? I hope they do something fun with this relationship rather than go for any cliches. I like SS but between her and the actress playing Chen, I kind of wish Nathan would be paired with a taller actress sometimes. It would have been better if they'd given us more insight into how she and Gray knew each other, and why Nolan would have been such a fan of her book. Because of his longstanding interest in law enforcement? He wanted to join the FBI? He has a thing for hostage negotiations? The gang felon storyline wasn't that interesting and I found it a bit unbelievable that Bradford and Chen would be out in gang territory without backup against the world. Unbelievable that Nolan would wander into the woods alone to search for felons or that he and Bishop would go into that house without backup either. Good to see Sean Maher but why on earth did his character not just tie up the old lady and tape her mouth instead of going to all the trouble of setting up the gun? The Beth storyline didn't really work for me either because I kept on thinking something was up with the deputy to do with the escape. So I guess something may be up with West's Dad? Otherwise what was the point of that storyline other than to sow doubt. I don't think they'll make anyone a dirty cop on this show but maybe West will understand better the kind of cop his Dad is in real life as opposed to his image of him. Bradford going for the Sergeant's exam, Gray possibly moving on from the force... I guess they are setting things up for the finale? I miss the Captain, where is the Captain? That role always gets the short end of the stick in these precinct shows.
  6. madmaverick

    S01.E15: Manhunt

    I think Nathan's looking perfectly OK as a TV cop, and even as a real cop, comparable to many I see on the streets. Not every cop in the real world is rocking a six pack, not by a long shot. Nathan's already lost sizable weight for this role and it would be nice if people would give him a thumbs up for that because losing weight is never easy, instead of piling on with the body shaming, like too many actresses are subjected to. He looks perfectly OK too in real life from his recent social media. I used to watch The Closer and the cops there were definitely all shapes and sizes and ages too and how they looked was never an issue in the realm of show discussion. Don't get me started on British or European cop shows where the police officers definitely come in all shapes and sizes (being more reality based). It would be strange if they all looked like models on a Brit show. I mean, unless you have expectations of The Rookie being a soap or a CW show (sorry soaps and CW shows, I actually haven't watched either in years so I could be wrong about the shallow factor) or you have expectations of Nathan looking like he did back in his Firefly days, I really don't see any issues here either. Maybe this is more about the lens of the viewer rather than the show itself.
  7. madmaverick

    All Points Bulletin: All Things Media And News!

    Found this BTS clip from Afton's social media quite interesting. Sometimes I do forget how many times a scene has to be shot and how many people have to be involved to make a scene look real on TV. Nathan's running doesn't look too bad here either. He probably had to do it quite a few times too. Maybe it's just uphill that gives him issues.
  8. madmaverick

    S01.E14: Plain Clothes Day

    This was one of my favourite episodes. I guess I like it when the rookies don't always succeed and Lessons Are Learnt TM. The writer was one of my favourite writers on Castle, Terence Winter, and I didn't realize when I was watching so I guess his writing still works for me on another show. The dialogue seemed just a little sharper and everything just gelled together more for me. The scene at the end with Bishop/Nolan was one of my faves of the series to date. I like their snark and I like their heartfelt convos and of all the T.O.s, I think I like Bishop's teaching style and model of policing best. T heir partnership has really grown on me and is probably my favourite duo on the show. The actors have more chemistry than other romantic pairings imo. Fast forward to the end of the series, and bring on the dream team, Detective Bishop & Detective Nolan heh. Actually I guess the predictable end scene would be the rookies becoming T.O.s... 100 shifts? Anyone have any idea how far that is into the rookie probation period? Just trying to get an idea of where they are in their training. Nolan really would be great at the Front Desk lol. I thought his brushing off the woman was a bit out of character for affable him but clearly there were Lessons to be Learnt. I do like that he has ambition in his second police career with detective dreams. It's good to have goals and I do think it's in character given all he put into making it through the academy etc in the first place. Nathan wasn't that convincing as a runner last week, but I do find him convincing in the otherwise Man of Action TM Cop scenes this week. Cop shows sure seem to like to use trucks as sets. Inexpensive? Don't care (if slightly intrigued) for Bishop being with a married man, but I don't want to see her with this other cop either. West clearly has Daddy issues but good to see he's beginning to get over them. Good job by the actor showing how awful it was at first to not be able to help the lady. I thought Lucy's "threat" wasn't so threatening either compared to what the man said to her, but perhaps it's best not to use intimidation of any sort in policing. You don't want to sink to perp level. Does anyone even film video with a handheld and not a phone anymore? Especially if you want to watch, upload and share and I guess also look more inconspicuous when filming something you shouldn't be. Though there are loads of hidden cameras far more inconspicuous than phones. Unfortunately for us women. Do people even read print magazines anymore instead of being reading whatever on their phones? Those two things stuck out to me.
  9. madmaverick

    S01.E13: Caught Stealing

  10. madmaverick

    S01.E13: Caught Stealing

    This episode reminded me a bit of that Castle episode where they discussed if winning a lottery would change you and what you would do with the money. But that conversation amongst the rookies about what they would do with a lot of money was not all that interesting or illuminating. I did like the entitlements theme, the letter vs the spirit of the law, and the whole creme brulee saga lol, but this is also not a show that's going to show cops really sliding down the slippery slope. There were a few funny lines in the polygraph scene. Buttock clenching a real thing, I guess? I guess the Captain knows that cops lie to protect each other, hence she knew to make it only about the missing money. I actually thought the cops who came in to count the money might be suspect since they just walked into that room, didn't show ID and just had a tape recorder and what looked like video and that got the rookies out of the room as they took it from there. I wonder if it's a more secure process than that in real life. Incidentally, I was just rereading about the US Govt flying over $12bn in cash (!!) to Iraq after the invasion and then basically dispersed it without any accounting or accountability. Which is shocking. People were literally getting duffel bags of millions of dollars in cash. Even more shocking, the US officials in charge of this admitted they had no idea where the money went but said it didn't matter because it was Iraqi money (from their oil) and not US taxpayers' money. How extremely irresponsible imo and no one really had to bear any responsibility. Anyway, back to the show. I thought the West/Lopez storyline was particularly done well and their final scene was a good one. Good thing Lopez called West out on his hypocrisy when she lied to protect him/give him another chance on his first (?) or first few days on the job when she didn't even know him well. And good thing West was open to learning about different ways to be a good cop, not just following his Dad in everything. Oh and yes, I too noticed that Nolan/Nathan's uphill running form was not exactly stellar lol. Especially in an emergency situation. Honestly, I think Nathan's never been that athletic even in his younger days, despite his physique, and I get the sense he's not keen on running because of his knees etc. His running in the pilot was also not the best. It was just more noticeable here. But as someone who's started taking running more seriously lately, I can tell you uphill sprints are a bitch. I would not enjoy doing many takes of that either! Nolan/Nathan is believable to me as a cop with the other physical stuff so maybe I can excuse the running if they don't show too much of him doing it. The whole shootout in the hills with super cop Lucy was a bit unrealistic to me but I guess a big shootout is par for the course for this show. Did not know Nolan was a Jonathan not a John.
  11. madmaverick

    All Points Bulletin: All Things Media And News!

    Ditto. He's got a nice rapport with Kimmel by now and seemed perfectly comfortable. He knows how to charm that demo.
  12. madmaverick

    S01.E12: Heartbreak

    Dementia sucks. Serial killer or not, though maybe they don't feel much remorse even when they don't remember. But justice for the poor victims may be harder to come by in such cases depending on the evidence. Not sure I've read of any real life cases of serial killers with dementia but the writers must have pulled it from somewhere.... Stalking also sucks but yes I did feel a tinge of sympathy for the poor woman given the dead husband and stalking aside, I thought she actually had decent chemistry with Nolan. A bit farfetched that she could track down the friend and definitely a bit much that they used her to signal Nolan/Chen were in love from that random tete a tete.. The actress was giving me Julia Roberts vibes. Thought West was possibly gay after that earlier episode and glad they didn't make a big deal out of it this episode. Cute with the hospital guy. Wonder if they will make his sexuality a storyline within the LAPD down the line or make it a non issue. I'm guessing non issue but I'm also not sure if that's how it works in reality also even in this day and age. Lopez and lawyer were predictable. Knew Melanie would turn out to be a non date and this won't be the end of lawyer guy. Bradford ending things with the wife just like that felt a bit abrupt and was a bit surprising to me. I wasn't sure it necessarily rang true for the characters. Felt more like the writers wanted to bring this storyline to a close for now (which is a good thing imo). Bishop's dress when she turned up at the party was da bomb. Loved it. Figured she had a messy family/personal life but didn't see the affair with married man coming. Haven't been much excited by Nolan's wardrobe tbh. Does the man own anything other than plaid? It's this show's equivalent of Castle's button downs. And when I think Nolan looks best in uniform rather than anything else the costume designer has come up with so far. I wanted to know about the Captain's V-day plans. She was a bit left out this episode. Show is still entertaining with a good cast. It'll be too bad if it's cancelled.
  13. madmaverick

    S01.E11: Redwood

    What was asked of West was huge, but I can see how what happened would have really affected the mother-son relationship. The Academy would always be there, but there was no guarantee that his brother would be without a transplant. And honestly, anyone who requires a transplant....well, time is of the essence. Now that they've given us this backstory (and it's actually more interesting to me than making him gay in 2019), I hope we'll get to see his mother and brother down the line. He'll probably heroically save his brother from flying bullets in a Very Special Episode. ;) Hope they'll be more original than that. West getting over his gunfire fear so easily isn't realistic at all to me, but oh well. I did like the scene between West and Chen and it solidified their friendship for me. They've kind of given more focus to the T.O.-boot relationship that sometimes I feel the boots' friendships are a bit neglected. As for Chen, I thought the actress did a fair job of her HIV freakout although there wasn't much real suspense for me in that I didn't think this was the kind of a show that would give her HIV. I did like the needle storyline even if I've seen it on other shows before, and I do like that they are not sweeping the very serious problem of homelessness in L.A. under the carpet and that they are showing quite diverse neighbourhoods. They have done a pretty good job of building up trust in the T.O.-booth relationships. Almost all on first name bases occasionally by now, I think. It was huge for someone like Bishop to share that she was seeing a therapist with Nolan. Almost too soon if we're being realistic. I look forward to learning more about Bishop's background. Seems like it's the opposite of an idyllic childhood. Was Nolan's friend wearing the same hiking outfit in the first scene and the last? Lazy if the case. Not all plaid shirts are born equal. Hope the costume designer gives Nolan some nicer looking ones. So the guy isn't a secret millionaire but he can still have taste. Is the gun buyback program a real thing in the U.S.? I hope so. It's what saved Australia back in the day after one horrific massacre. I guess the scene with the crazed driver shooting people was another reminder that people carrying guns around just isn't a good idea. But I guess the writers can't live without one episode without gunfire. Maybe they have a budget for it they have to use. ;) Pacing is getting quite good for this show. It may not all be compelling, but I'm not bored.
  14. madmaverick

    S01.E10: Flesh and Blood

    She does seem a bit young to be Captain, but this is TV and I like the actress/character so far so I'm excusing it. :P But it seemed more incredible to me that she made Captain so young when not rising from the ranks, or is it more likely for an outsider to be promoted quickly in real life? Does being a Marine give you extra cachet at the LAPD? I have no idea. I thought it would be more likely that she spoke Arabic instead of Farsi if she were in the Marines. (Quick wiki search revealed that Mercedes Mason speaks Farsi so I'm guessing maybe she comes from a Swedish Iranian American background.) Then I'm a cold bitch too. :P In our defence, the short argument scene before was hardly enough to build up much pathos. Maybe if the husband had offed the wife. ;) Huh? They revealed Watch Commander Gray had been shot on patrol in this episode not the Internal Affairs Daddy West. Don't think they revealed anything re West this episode. That seems to be the bar network shows aim for these days. ;)
  15. madmaverick

    S01.E10: Flesh and Blood

    Maybe my favourite episode yet. I don't know, it was one of those feel good episodes that gelled together well. The humourous notes are working better with each episode. I liked the mix up of the pairings and felt the writers did something with each pairing to grow the dynamic and shed more light on characters like Grey and the Captain. With some procedurals, you can go multiple seasons without finding much about some characters but here I feel the show has done a good job of telling us more about all the characters. I'm most curious about the Captain's marriage gone bad and West's mystery with his mom and okay the story with the cat. Nolan seems like a mostly open book and that's OK too. The storyline with the son here was a valid one. Nathan really is well suited to play a father characters and has good chemistry with the kid again. Didn't really care about Lopez and the lawyer which felt a bit forced but that was the only turd. West seems a bit oblivious to when people are attracted to each other so that's maybe why he didn't see anything with Nolan and Chen. Bradford and Bishop both trying to be alphas together made sense to me. It would be interesting if they had an evaluation of the TOs as well as the rookies by Grey/The Captain down the line. I'm with you on that. And even better when they inject some pathos into the typical police work as well as humour.
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