TV Show Reviews
Closer" Finale and "Major
Crimes" Premiere review by Suzanne
"The Closer" finale airs tonight 8/13 on TNT; "Major Crimes"
airs Mondays 10/9c on TNT
I really love "The Closer", and I'm very sad to see it
go. I never got tired of any of the characters or their
stories. Tonight's finale is really great. It has lots of
great action and drama, and they tie things up pretty
nicely. Of course you know that Brenda has to leave the
squad, but still, it's very moving and makes you get all
I really didn't like the way they handled the outing of
their leak. It seems like David's girlfriend came out of
nowhere and was just a cop-out. And then, in the finale,
they hint that he is going to be joining Brenda, but then
she says goodbye to all of them, with no mention of his
leaving. But then when they show everyone again in the new
show "Major Crimes", David is not mentioned and is nowhere
to be found. I think they really dropped the ball there.
Otherwise, though, I have enjoyed the show and its
finish. I just wish she wouldn't leave. When she is leaving
the squad room, you wish you could follow her, instead of
stay behind with "Major Crimes". There is a reason she is
the star. Her leaving is going to leave a huge hole.
I like the new show just fine, but it's not as good
without her, and her presence is sorely missed. I love Mary
McDonnell, but she just doesn't have the pizzazz that Kyra
Sedgewick has. The stories are still good, and the rest of
the cast will no doubt get more time to shine, but it's a
very different show.
TNT sent me the Closer finale and also the first two
episodes of "Major Crimes". In the first episode, they
add a new female African-American detective, and she is
quite good. She has a lot of personality. Also, they
still have Fritz (Yay!) as FBI liaison, and they even still
have a character leftover from The Closer's finale. A young
man that is a victim (of sorts) in that last episode is kept
around for the new show and Captain Raydor takes him in as a
kind of foster parent situation. It will be interesting to
see how that works out.
From the photo above, it looks like there will be another
African-American male joining the cast as well, but he is
still not seen as of the second episode.
If you are a fan of "The Closer" or just good drama, you
will probably like the show. However, it's really an
ensemble show and is kind of missing a star. They are all
fine actors, but I don't know if the show will survive
without Brenda or not.
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