After starting this highly recommended show, my family couldn’t wait to get our hands on a second set. One we did, we were excited to be able to jump right into the next series; and discover it’s well worth any wait.
The Closer, Season Two (2016) TNT TV Show Review
A year after relocating to a new city and assuming command of a new squad, Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) has finally made herself a new, comfortable life in L.A.; after those first few challenging months, she has at last earned the respect of her squad. When one of their own is shot to death in an abandoned warehouse, Brenda, again takes a lot of criticism for her handling of the case. Most especially from her opponent, robbery/homicide division commander, Taylor (Robert Gossett). Overly protective whenever a fellow officer is in what could be a compromising position, even Brenda’s suddenly irritable superior, Will Pope (J.K. Simmons) finds fault with her indelicate manner of investigation.
Juggling personal issues, which includes an unexpected visit from her mother, Brenda takes a big step in her relationship with FBI boyfriend, Fritz (Jon Tenney). As a result, Brenda finds that she’ll have to rely on her team in this case, no matter where the evidence leads, she wants to find the truth. Brenda and Sgt. Gabriel (Corey Reynolds) welcome the first lead that comes their way and interview the detective’s former and present partners. Lt. Tao (Michael Paul Chan) looks at the forensic evidence which doesn’t add up. Meanwhile Lt. Provenza (G.W. Bailey) and the newly transferred Lt. Flynn (Anthony John Denison) find themselves in a pickle after withholding evidence in order to enjoy a ballgame.
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There is much to love about this show but two of the most memorable things come in this sophomore season. The most entertaining episode is “To Protect and to Serve,” where, in his garage, Lt. Provenza discovers a body. No words would properly describe the dry-wit humor in which everything comes together. Or more appropriately, as everything falls apart. Secondly we are get to meet Willie Rae Johnson. That’s right, Brenda’s “mama” enters the dynamics and goodness, are we tickled to include her in a two-episode arc. Her visit coincides with Fritz and Brenda taking a big step in their relationship and the ways Brenda attempts to hide this is hilarious.
This leads me to Fritz. I really, really like him. Before continuing on, I’ll just say, he’s imperfect but he puts up with a LOT from Brenda on a personal level. She’s a crack investigator who doesn’t let anything pass her by, but when it comes to the heart, she’s grossly negligent. Two other friendships come to a head in season two. One is a new romance brewing and the other is a comical sort-of-buddy friendship between Flynn and Provenza.
Because this is a paid cable crime drama, there’s themes that might be troubling to certain viewers. If you don’t much like crime shows to begin with, I wouldn’t even bother with these. I cannot say much about one particular episode because it would give too much away, but there is one that guest stars James Frain and it makes us waver about its outcome. Even with the drastic measures the murderer takes through a nauseating scenario, this is one of the more clever because you just cannot get a handle on the case. For those of us just now enjoying the show, you need only read reviews to know that there’s a lot of memorable events to look forward to.
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Content: the show rating is TV14: “Head over Heels” involves the murder of a porn star complete; the team watches tapes for identification purposes and conversation revolves around HIV. There are drug overdoses and one show suggests a woman slept with various wealthy businessmen. Crime scenes involve gang shootings, another case is rather sickening about a mother and her child who are dumped in the water with a diving belt; others see victims with stab wounds or being decapitation post death. There’s video of a hospital surgery gone wrote; later there’s a revenge murder. Consistent profanity includes uses of a**, b***h, and b***s***. Less obtrusive, we learn that an unmarried couple moves in together and there is a pregnancy scare.