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To prepare for that new episode (Thursday, January 3, 2019), here's the promo for "School":

It's all about bad memories for the SWAT team, who went through this six years ago where seven students died, and that still haunts our dear Hondo.

The promo teases that appearing in this episode is Meredith Monroe, who may be best known for her time in Dawson's Creek but I best remember her as Haley Hotchner in Criminal Minds. Good to see her and fellow alum Shemar Moore reunite in this episode.

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Episode 02.11, "School"

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"Tonight on a 'Very Special SWAT'..."

Usually, when an episode like this is done, it's contrived...silly...syrupy...over the top...awkward....whatever adjective you want to use to describe an episode where the author really feels like "making a point" and making sure you're hit over the head with it, because the writing can feel so out of place from what the show had before and can be so heavy-handed that it's alienating.

Then there's the added issue that Hollywood just hates harming kids, so its "school shooting" episodes are never realistic or are done with the shooting as a backstory instead of being "the main story" just so the writers can get around having to actually shoot a kid.

Instead, S.W.A.T. didn't worry about that...they still remembered it is all about telling a story and, though, again, we didn't see any actual kids getting shot, this show didn't shy away from any of the original moment, and wasn't afraid to have Lila bleeding from her stomach.

R.I.P....gotta say, Deacon's Lila saying she was going to draw a picture for the dead Lila's parents just broke me.

Yes, a man can cry...

Anyway, it was pure joy to watch all the emotions of Hondo, Deacon, Luca and Chris having to relive that day, and Meredith Monroe shined as the mother of the deceased shooter. It was also great to see Buck again and see how the old team operated...safe to say, Buck taught Hondo well.

I also appreciated that the case wasn't too straightforward- even though the twist of Vince Franz targeting his old school wasn't much of one, it still did enough to ramp up the tension.

Oh, and the PSA at the end did just enough. Well done all around.

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8 hours ago, Danielg342 said:

Usually, when an episode like this is done, it's contrived...silly...syrupy...over the top...awkward....whatever adjective you want to use to describe an episode where the author really feels like "making a point" and making sure you're hit over the head with it, because the writing can feel so out of place from what the show had before and can be so heavy-handed that it's alienating.

That was my fear too but I thought the show handled this subject well.

It was nice to see Buck in action.

8 hours ago, Danielg342 said:

R.I.P....gotta say, Deacon's Lila saying she was going to draw a picture for the dead Lila's parents just broke me.

This scene and the moment between Hondo and the deceased shooter's mother really got me.

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That was a little too real for entertainment. And it was a disturbing reminder that the vast majority of the time, we aren't going to get a forewarning of a school shooting. 

It was a very well done episode for what it was. It's just that it was kind of sickening to be reminded that this happens on a regular basis. 

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1 hour ago, Xantar said:

That was a little too real for entertainment. And it was a disturbing reminder that the vast majority of the time, we aren't going to get a forewarning of a school shooting. 

It was a very well done episode for what it was. It's just that it was kind of sickening to be reminded that this happens on a regular basis. 

This episode didn’t bother me... but I’ve been bothered by other episodes or other shows use of real situations for entertainment. I understand your point exactly. 

For example, I cannot sit thru episodes of shows that attempt to incorporate Sept 11, 2001 into their storylines. Especially if they are trying to actually set the story inside the World Trade Center. 

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A shooter depending upon the US Post Office to be exactly on time, oh my.

 

Ripped from the headlines  throwback scenes with the school resource officer waiting on back up. Even if in LA since an ex LAPD Captain took over and they are "police" patrolling the neighborhoods along with on campus cops and not "resource officers". But worse of all was SWAT gets there 5 to 7 minutes before the first patrol car can show up.

Since Sandy Hook every LAPD officer visits a school sometime during his normal patrol to back up the school police. In this situation yes they all go to schools

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5 hours ago, Raja said:

A shooter depending upon the US Post Office to be exactly on time, oh my.

 

Ripped from the headlines  throwback scenes with the school resource officer waiting on back up. Even if in LA since an ex LAPD Captain took over and they are "police" patrolling the neighborhoods along with on campus cops and not "resource officers". But worse of all was SWAT gets there 5 to 7 minutes before the first patrol car can show up.

Since Sandy Hook every LAPD officer visits a school sometime during his normal patrol to back up the school police. In this situation yes they all go to schools

One of the most unrealistic scenes: In the flashback SWAT was at their headquarters when called. They had to get geared up, get to the vehicles and then get to the school. Yet when they get there, the kids are just then running out of the school with the resource officer. Really? The kids just milled  around inside until SWAT got there? 

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I wonder if they should film the scene where Deacon gives Lila's parents the picture his daughter made for them. I'm not sure how it could fit in future episodes, but I think it would be a great, heartwarming scene.

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Since this is a single thread show. The biggest problem the show has is the SWAT does everything and gets there first. from cops in a gunfight needing help and nobody shows up until SWZT arrives to a school shooting where SWAT arrives 5 minutes before the first local patrol unit can get to the scenes. 

 

To the flashback scenes of the School episode I do remember Officer Alonso wearing a K-9  patch. In real life LAPD Metro Division K-9 search teams look just as armored and armed as their SWAT division mates. As opposed to this world where patrol officers stand outside as the Metro Division Commander joins with a K-9 officer to assist SWAT. If this was only 6 years ago show time how could the newer SWAT officers not know about the previous school shooting in their city.? For the topic the Law & Order series finale did it better.

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This week's episode wasn't bad, but I'm guessing that we haven't seen the last of Raul, since he made a point of saying to Jessica that he wasn't finished with her and that she would pay.  So, either he'll escape from jail/prison and come after her or his girlfriend will (since I would assume that she will now have to leave that big house and all of the nice things that he was buying for her since he's been captured--so she will want revenge).   I need work done in both of my bathrooms--I want Hondo to come over and take care of it for me. 

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It would be so marvelous if Jessica and Hondo could be openly together.  That David guy is no Hondo.

I told my husband that Hondo should have subtly flexed every time he talked to David.

Jessica looked beyond fabulous in Mexico.  Holy hell...the makeup, the clothes and ESPECIALLY the hair.  I would totally watch a buddy cop show with Jessica and Chris as the leads.

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Episode 02.12, "Los Huesos"

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"Now for something totally different...

It's the Exotic Episode! Where our team goes to a foreign country whose nationals have created problems in their homeland. Tonight's destination- La Grande Mexico!"

I believe this was shot on location in Mexico City because the sets sure reminded me of Mexico (I went to Mexicali in 2014...was propositioned by a Mexican hooker who told me I could have her for $25...I backed out thinking too much could go wrong).

Anyway...the sets were lovely, with the exotic feel really delivering a newer, fresher look to the series. The Spanish dialogue, while expected, was distracting, since I spent half the episode reading the captions instead of following the action.

Still, it was a captivating episode and really brought a new side to Jessica Cortez. She was always a bit of badass since Day 1, but tonight she really put it on full display. No wonder Hondo fell in love...I think I did too.

4 hours ago, mojoween said:

Jessica looked beyond fabulous in Mexico.  Holy hell...the makeup, the clothes and ESPECIALLY the hair.  I would totally watch a buddy cop show with Jessica and Chris as the leads.

Count me in too. Throw in Raul as a gang informant and Romero as the big boss and you've got yourself a series. Maybe we throw in Street as a recurring character so that Chris has a love interest too (I know she's got the whole thing with Kira...but she's more interesting with Street).

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1 hour ago, Danielg342 said:

Episode 02.12, "Los Huesos"

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"Now for something totally different...

It's the Exotic Episode! Where our team goes to a foreign country whose nationals have created problems in their homeland. Tonight's destination- La Grande Mexico!"

I believe this was shot on location in Mexico City because the sets sure reminded me of Mexico (I went to Mexicali in 2014...was propositioned by a Mexican hooker who told me I could have her for $25...I backed out thinking too much could go wrong).

Anyway...the sets were lovely, with the exotic feel really delivering a newer, fresher look to the series. The Spanish dialogue, while expected, was distracting, since I spent half the episode reading the captions instead of following the action.

Still, it was a captivating episode and really brought a new side to Jessica Cortez. She was always a bit of badass since Day 1, but tonight she really put it on full display. No wonder Hondo fell in love...I think I did too.

Count me in too. Throw in Raul as a gang informant and Romero as the big boss and you've got yourself a series. Maybe we throw in Street as a recurring character so that Chris has a love interest too (I know she's got the whole thing with Kira...but she's more interesting with Street).

At first, I was against throwing Street/Chris together, but the way they have made Street more mature, I’m for it. Think they do have more chemistry then Chris with the Throple. Love how darn worried Street was for the girls,especially for Chris,

Definitely, likes this episode, just to showcase the badassery of the women. Stephanie Sigman got me in Narcos, and she is even sexier now, especially in that undercover look.  

I do agree, with the poster that SwAT getting their first all the time is eye rolling, but the writers have acknowledged that and basically, just do it for drama purposes. Other then that, I think the show continues to improve, in my eyes. 

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8 hours ago, CheetaraThunder said:

At first, I was against throwing Street/Chris together, but the way they have made Street more mature, I’m for it. Think they do have more chemistry then Chris with the Throple. Love how darn worried Street was for the girls,especially for Chris,

Definitely, likes this episode, just to showcase the badassery of the women. Stephanie Sigman got me in Narcos, and she is even sexier now, especially in that undercover look.  

I do agree, with the poster that SwAT getting their first all the time is eye rolling, but the writers have acknowledged that and basically, just do it for drama purposes. Other then that, I think the show continues to improve, in my eyes. 

Chris is Street's big sister, full stop, do not pass go,...

 

SWAT being the first one the scene wasn't as agregious in the Mexican undercover episode as in the past. But,

they already established that SWAT isn't LA ideal only with Street transferring in from Long Beach PD  and for the first time in TV history the Feds turn things over to the locals instead of using their very own Hostage Rescue Team.

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I can do without Debbie Allen spouting her Grey's Anatomy voice (I hate her condescending attitude in everything she plays). The last scene with Mama and Baby was unnecessary, and as a matter of fact, IT SUCKED.

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On 1/9/2019 at 10:52 AM, madmaverick said:

I don't mind a show showcasing officers on patrol with the drama and pathos that comes from the mundane and not so mundane, and not just gunfire all the time.

For me, one of the best plots was Nolan and Bishop trying to find a place for the homeless woman and her child.  

On 1/11/2019 at 4:35 PM, mojoween said:

It would be so marvelous if Jessica and Hondo could be openly together.  

I **much** prefer Hondo with Nia.  She gets him (and is gorgeous) and hopefully when he's ready for her, she can come back.  Hondo and Jessica can't work because she's his boss.

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1 hour ago, jhlipton said:

I **much** prefer Hondo with Nia.  She gets him (and is gorgeous) and hopefully when he's ready for her, she can come back.

Agreed. Nia is also the only one I could believe would keep a strong guy like Hondo on his toes. No one else seems capable of giving him much of a challenge.

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I’m watching Season 1 of Flashpoint again (before it got kinda Hollywood) and it’s crazy how much better it is than SWAT.  Not everything is shootouts and explosions, and I really like that the SRU is activated when called in by first responders instead of being first responders.

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On 1/6/2019 at 3:05 PM, helpmerhonda said:

I'm a teacher, and that was really hard for me to watch. 

I teach high school, but it wasn’t hard for me to watch. It was frustrating for me to watch because I know our schools aren’t even staffed with security guards (forget the part-time School Resource Officer) who can commandeer the students. It’s beyond ridiculous. 

Lastly, before I get on a soapbox, when I’ve gone to Admin/Counselors about students who make me worry about XYZ, they don’t take me seriously. I’m an English teacher; it’s my job to read every word they compose and NOTICE the shady stuff. And you know when I send an e-mail to their other teachers to check in with them, I’m the only one who has something to report.

I really wish it was different, but I don’t even know how or when that would begin to happen.

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14 hours ago, Bridget said:

I teach high school, but it wasn’t hard for me to watch. It was frustrating for me to watch because I know our schools aren’t even staffed with security guards (forget the part-time School Resource Officer) who can commandeer the students. It’s beyond ridiculous. 

Lastly, before I get on a soapbox, when I’ve gone to Admin/Counselors about students who make me worry about XYZ, they don’t take me seriously. I’m an English teacher; it’s my job to read every word they compose and NOTICE the shady stuff. And you know when I send an e-mail to their other teachers to check in with them, I’m the only one who has something to report.

I really wish it was different, but I don’t even know how or when that would begin to happen.

I'm so sorry that your school doesn't take your professional opinion seriously. That's unacceptable. I wish I knew what advice to give you to fix this. 

I am also an English teacher, so I know exactly what you mean.  Part of our job is to catch warning signs that appear in their writing. 

It was hard for me because I feel like I am in an area that thinks something like this will never happen to us. I am in a building with 3200+ students and one resource officer. I can't even get one of those contraptions to hold my door closed because the door opens out. 

And it was hard for me because I hate that we live in a society where we have to have a plan for shit like this. 

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1 hour ago, helpmerhonda said:

I am also an English teacher, so I know exactly what you mean.  Part of our job is to catch warning signs that appear in their writing.

Not that I wish to defend your administrators, but my guess is that their line of thinking is, "how do you know these are signs of potential danger and not just an indication he likes macabre stuff"? I mean, I write some pretty twisted stuff myself but I have no plans to rape and pillage and murder...it's more about escapism, for me.

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2 hours ago, Danielg342 said:

Not that I wish to defend your administrators, but my guess is that their line of thinking is, "how do you know these are signs of potential danger and not just an indication he likes macabre stuff"? I mean, I write some pretty twisted stuff myself but I have no plans to rape and pillage and murder...it's more about escapism, for me.

When good educators spend as much time with students as we do, especially as an English teacher, you get a true sense of who they are. We notice everything, including what they wear, how they respond and who they hang out with. Also, their peers are pretty good at letting us know about anything they see, hear or witness. They will screen shot a shady SnapChat post and show it to me. It takes a while to build that trust though, but it’s there. At the end of the day, there are so many missed opportunities to help students and it saddens me.

I was physically assaulted by an 18 year old male student in Nov 2016. It was a very atypical situation overall,  but when I eventually sat down with my principal (TWO weeks after it happened), he said to me: “I met with Insert Student Name Here and he didn’t strike me as a student with malicious intent (CA’s minimum requirement to determine assault). Also, you should not have touched his backpack.” 

The student ended up with a 3 day suspension and transferred to a new English class.

Meanwhile, I had to use my own vacation time to attend WorkComp doc appts. I finally put my foot down and said I wanted to see a real doctor. New doctor was livid that I had been teaching for seven months with such severe nerve damage. I ended up having surgery (an ulnar nerve transposition) in March of 2018 and I still can’t hold my cell phone in my R hand without fatigue setting in. I’ve been out on disability through the district, but because I was only on a temporary contract, I’ve been paying $700/month for COBRA health coverage for 18 months. Switching to Obamacare as of 2/1. $150 cheaper AND I get dental!

Many administrators dismiss everything because it requires them to remember what it was like to be in the classroom. They also struggle (or refuse) to understand how students have changed in the last 5-10 years. The whole system is screwed up, in my professional and personal opinion.

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"Encore", 01-31-2019.

It continues to impress me how great the main cast work together and how great the characterization is on this show. Hondo apologizing to his team after ripping into them was great, and Patrick St. Esprit and Jay Harrington really sold the moment where Deacon gets the expected "don't ignore your family" speech, especially since we know Hicks is a widower.

Only knock I'll say is, though Cinque's group was great at keeping SWAT on their toes, they're still a bit too one-dimensional. Something more than just "we're anti-capitalists" would be nice.

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Deacon’s continued $ troubles and the stress it causes him and his family is bumming me out. It’s a total downer. Hopefully the budget cuts will stop and he can start to get out from under it. No offense but he and his might want to start using birth control-it’s a lot cheaper than raising a zillion kids....

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1 hour ago, hookedontv said:

No offense but he and his might want to start using birth control-it’s a lot cheaper than raising a zillion kids....

True...but he's Catholic, so the only form of birth control is abstinence and...well, it'd be pretty hard for me to resist Annie and I'm sure the ladies would say it's hard to resist Deacon. :p

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27 minutes ago, Danielg342 said:

True...but he's Catholic, so the only form of birth control is abstinence and...well, it'd be pretty hard for me to resist Annie and I'm sure the ladies would say it's hard to resist Deacon. :p

True-I couldn’t resist Deacon. And a lot of Catholics use birth control. :p

Let’s hope the OT gets approved again and he will be able to bring in more $ and relieve some stress. Financial stress is the worst. 

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55 minutes ago, Danielg342 said:

True...but he's Catholic, so the only form of birth control is abstinence and...well, it'd be pretty hard for me to resist Annie and I'm sure the ladies would say it's hard to resist Deacon. :p

Sigh. It would be difficult, but seriously, if you're some overtime away from losing your house, maybe you need to think of the family you already have and making them homeless.

I did love Hondo going there in person to apologize. He was called on the carpet, admitted it, and came clean immediately.

But yes, I'm also bored of the smirking criminal who thinks they're smarter than the cops. I mean, he'd barely pulled that mask off her face, and she already had the smirk.

I think with any ongoing big-bad, a show has to work hard to keep it interesting. But they need to strike a balance between making them interesting and annoyingly smug. 

I do like that they aren't killing people off. That they're managing to save everyone even as the criminals get away.

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20 hours ago, SweetTooth said:

Sigh. It would be difficult, but seriously, if you're some overtime away from losing your house, maybe you need to think of the family you already have and making them homeless.

No, no I understand...I just made a corny attempt at light-hearted humour.

I do believe they're going with the storyline where Deacon has to learn to swallow his pride- either Annie gets to work or Hicks gives him some money. Doubt they'll resolve the "budget cuts" storyline until the season ends, and even there, maybe the storyline is what allows Cinque's crew to get away- again- although that happening may just be another groaner.

My hope with Deacon is that they do not- read, do not- go down the road where Deacon's family troubles get him divorced. TV shows do that too often and it'd be nice to see a family work through their issues instead of giving up for the umpteenth time.

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7 hours ago, Danielg342 said:

No, no I understand...I just made a corny attempt at light-hearted humour.

I totally got that. My response was also my corny attempt at humor.

7 hours ago, Danielg342 said:

My hope with Deacon is that they do not- read, do not- go down the road where Deacon's family troubles get him divorced. TV shows do that too often and it'd be nice to see a family work through their issues instead of giving up for the umpteenth time.

I would really hate that. Considering he made his own Brady Bunch, it would be a tragedy.

Hondo going from woman to woman is one thing. A man with a gaggle of kids is another.

I agree that he needs to swallow his pride for the sake of his family. He can't keep up like this, or he'll burn out.

And now that I think about it, they could totally go in that direction. Have it affect his work, because he's burning the candle at both ends.

He's only human, and no way he's going to keep up like this. 

Perhaps the mayor will come through, but they wouldn't spend week after week concentrating on this story line unless it's going to blow up spectacularly in one way or the other.

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Every time they focus on Deacon I'm terrified some terrible fate is going to befall him.  I mean, him forgetting Annie’s due date has to mean something, unless it was just setting up Chris as godmother.

James Harrison (arm wrestler for LAFD) was an absolute menace as a defensive end in the NFL.  And while he has impressive arms and pecs, he was smaller than the running back (bespectacled LAFD Captain) and the linebacker (free throw shooter Jessica burned).  I always thought he was much taller than that.  He played like it, anyways.

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7 minutes ago, mojoween said:

Every time they focus on Deacon I'm terrified some terrible fate is going to befall him.  I mean, him forgetting Annie’s due date has to mean something, unless it was just setting up Chris as godmother.

James Harrison (arm wrestler for LAFD) was an absolute menace as a defensive end in the NFL.  And while he has impressive arms and pecs, he was smaller than the running back (bespectacled LAFD Captain) and the linebacker (free throw shooter Jessica burned).  I always thought he was much taller than that.  He played like it, anyways.

You went halfway. The LAFD Chief/running back was 58 year old Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson. While the linebacker was a young, 47 Willie McGinest. However in the modern NFL outside linebackers and defensive ends are nearly interchangeable

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I would have commented on this but the forums were down when the episode finished...so I'll just say this. The case was kind of "blah" and not very well developed (though Street and Chris were hilarious going undercover on the plane) which sucked some of the air out of this episode.

The Badge vs. Badge Challenge was kind of fun, though a bit predictable. What I did appreciate was that the two sides really just looked at it as good fun and nobody got too worked up about losing. It was amazing to see so much macho banter and trash talking and none of it was cringe-worthy (well, except maybe McGinest's flirting with Jessica) or truly mean-spirited- they just kept it light-hearted and fun. Which is the way it should be- sports should be fun, not "life or death".

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It wasn't the Badge vs Badge portion that took me out but rather the other comic banter going on while they were hunting for a nuke. I was expecting the happy music that the NCIS franchise pumps in when they are also in as serious an operation with mass casualties being the result of failure.

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(S02.E15, "Fallen")

Though the case had too many clues lifted out of thin air and was a bit predictable (I knew David Wong would turn up as a baddie), the show did very well to sell what was happening to the cops and how it affected their families and, ultimately, the people whom they wrongly framed. It was a great, well-balanced approach that struck all the right notes- it just needed a bit more coherent storytelling.

Oh, and Deacon again with the fakeout over Annie's baby...man, does he know how to build tension before that happy reveal. I really did think Annie or the baby was a goner, so well done Deac.

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The bad Rampart CRASH Glassell Park team  was almost comically diverse, beyond color blind casting. Chris "He's the reason I don't date cops"  I guess they are signalling that against my advice big sister Chris will go there with little brother Street

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34 minutes ago, Raja said:

The bad Rampart CRASH Glassell Park team  was almost comically diverse, beyond color blind casting. Chris "He's the reason I don't date cops"  I guess they are signalling that against my advice big sister Chris will go there with little brother Street

Ahh man really.. Haven't seen the episode but for the longest I've been hoping they wouldn't do this.. Its not that I even dislike street... I like him and he's grown from the beginning of the show.. But its the trope of the hot shot white rookie who doesn't listen to the rules who gets the girls.. I've seen it way too many times.. And Chris seems way smarter than to get involved with someone so immature... But I guess this falls under the trope of a woman knowing better but trying to fix the broken bad boy.... Smh

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This show makes me feel like I’m constantly getting a lecture on diversity and police- community relations.  This weeks episode threw In the corrupt police officers just to really drive home the point.    I watch scripted TV to be entertained with  a good storyline.  I watch the news, or documentaries to be educated. 

Please, just make the cast diverse and stop with the additional lectures. The  dialogue between characters regarding that is tortured. 

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Well Deacon is going to need to drink the amazing, super healing tea that everyone drinks on Chicago Med/Fire/PD. How else can he be back next week all healed and ready to go?

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Episode 02.16, "Pride" (Aired: February 21, 2019)

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Really thought this was an uneven episode that had no idea what direction it wanted to go in.

Did they want to do a war between right wing extremists and left wing extremists? Did they want to do an episode where a left wing extremist takes a right winger hostage and they have to save the right winger, even if they may not want to? Did they want to do an episode of righties attacking lefties?

Or was this going to be the episode where Deacon finally learns he's not indestructible?

So many different things to wrap my head around tonight...clearly, this episode had no focus.

I was initially pumped about this episode because it appeared to be an episode where a left wing extremist attacks a right winger and the right winger is the one who needs saving. It's the kind of "rock and a hard place" situation that just makes for some great storytelling. On the one hand, you have a guy you hate and, in your thoughts, you'd love to put a bullet through his head. On the other...SWAT are the law and they have to save everyone, even those they may not like to save, because that's what the law says.

That, and you get to explore questions about whether or not "the good guys" really are "good guys" if they're so cavalier about the lives of "the other side" and if the left wing can be just as hate-filled as the right-wing (yes, they can, but that's a debate for another thread).

Oh, and how the left wing hostage taker played into the right winger's attempts to paint himself as a martyr, and how the left winger killing him would prove him right.

Talk about your conflicts.

Instead, we got...this.

I don't know what to say.

I'll make a few side points.

  • Great emotional turns from Hicks and his son. They really nailed what was otherwise a rather soapy drama.
  • Poor Street and his mom. I'd say I hope she's OK but it doesn't look like it.
  • Wish they did more with the LGTB shooting club. They could have been interesting.
  • Kind of figured Deacon's issues would come to a head tonight...they laid it on so thick, and now he'll be out of action for quite some time. I figure he'll be a desk jockey for a few episodes before he goes back on to the field, to really hit his troubles home. That said, they've really done well selling Deacon's pride this season.
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Well, Deac won the stupid pride award. Being a "real man" also means asking for help when you need it.

Not tellingl Luca he needed more money, and going to a loan shark instead, was the height of male pride run riot. His daughter is ill and needs an operation. The time for humility has come. 

I guess he forgot he had the kind of job where anything could happen, including him dying. So, yeah, he has a mess of secrets and is in deep with a loan shark, because he couldn't just let Luca know about the operation to REPAIR HIS DAUGHTER'S HEART. He didn't want a new deck. Isn't your daughter's life more important, Deac???

I was disappointed that Storm was so one-dimensional. I mean, I was really hoping they were right and that he just said those asinine things to get ratings. But no, he really believed in it. 

6 hours ago, Danielg342 said:

Great emotional turns from Hicks and his son. They really nailed what was otherwise a rather soapy drama.

Wow. I mean, those actors sold it. I love how they keep revealing new aspects of Hicks and let him soften up while still being the boss and taking charge. It makes the character so much more interesting.

I also liked Chris's conflict between her job and her personal feelings. 

6 hours ago, Danielg342 said:

Poor Street and his mom. I'd say I hope she's OK but it doesn't look like it.

I'm guessing Mama Street got mixed up with some bad people, and they're the ones who have her. But that's not going to end up well. However, I loved the growth of Street and how he immediately went to Hondo to help him, and that Hondo stepped up like he said he would.

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Deacon, my man. In the future, if your wife wants to work to earn money, she should do it. She doesn't need your permission. 

Also, use some birth control. 

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