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Major Crimes Review: A New Game Plan

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Commander Taylor, er, Assistant Chief Taylor makes his attempt to roll out a completely revamped Major Crimes division of the Los Angeles Police Department in tonight's premiere episode, "Reloaded."

To say there are major shoes to fill is an understatement. Going off the assumption that Pope is the new Chief of Police, then Taylor is the new Assistant Chief. None of it seems to roll off the tongue.

One of the things that immediately struck me was that I've never known what Taylor did in his role on The Closer. Exactly why would he have been the natural replacement for Pope? I seem to recall something about being the media liaison. That could be why he stood around a lot and did nothing. He reminded me of the guy in Office Space with his red stapler. The sheer fact that he was still showing up to work at all was a surprise.

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And yet, there he was. Doing commanding type things at a crime scene in the same smug way he did them back when The Closer first started. Which is to say he was doing them with an annoying flair and somewhat of a God complex. There's little doubt he brought Raydor on board because he wouldn't know how to handle the work on his own.

As the hour started out, Provenza was the lead in Major Crimes, as he had the most seniority. He seemed to be handling the cases well, and everyone was getting along. There were no flies in the ointment, so to speak. Except for Taylor, and our knowledge that he was going to rattle the cage just to put his own mark on Major Crimes. That he chose to do so in the middle of a severe shoot-em-up in the middle of civilian territory was typical Taylor Tact.

Was that a fair way to introduce Raydor as a lead? Not only was it done in an antagonistic manner, but their new modus operandi is to plea bargain the cases to avoid the death penalty. If that's the way the series continues, will it be enough to hold the interest of the audience? Is it easy to care about the cases knowing the heinous killer will always plea down? One thing of note was Raydor's comment that when they make a deal the suspect throws away all rights to appeal. Ever? If that's true, it might not be so bad after all, as the same cases won't continue to come back to haunt them.

The best part of the premiere, for me, was the increased usage of Tao and Sanchez. They were always a little underutilized on The Closer and if the premiere is any indication, they will finally get their due on Major Crimes. Two of my top 10 Closer moments included Sanchez, and yet he was one of the least discovered characters. Perhaps I was not the only one who put those in my top ten.

That the case of the week involved one of the new squad members, a recognized character actors, worked out quite well. I like when programs take that risk, because it makes the subject matter feel a bit more personal. These things can happen to anyone, at any time. Even one of our own. His son's actions opened the door for another female to join Major Crimes, something we haven't had for quite a few seasons now.

While watching The Closer finale, I had hoped that Brenda and Fritz might take in Rusty. Instead, he was used as an attempt to humanize Sharon Raydor. It works for me. When they said a major character would be added to the cast via the last episode of The Closer, this couldn't have been further from what I had in mind. They had to do something to breathe life into Sharon (I can't call her Raydor forever, can I?). She showed her kindheartedness on the down low in the past. Being responsible for a vulnerable teenager when she herself is swimming in new waters should help her to uncage it more often.

Was it the best premiere I've ever seen? No. But certainly not the worst. Sliding right off the back of such a beloved show's finale, they did the best they could without overshadowing what had just gone down.

If it had really come in and kicked ass (remember when Raydor was using a pump action paint ball gun in the street that one time?), I might have been a little angry that she was trying to show up my girl Brenda too quickly. Now she has time to ease into it gradually, and win the squad over just as Brenda had to, once upon a time.

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Wow!   This show really does suck and most of the stink is wafting off of Mary McDonnell.  With her sleepwalking through the show it's impossible  to think that she ever got an acting job, let alone received nominations and accolades for it!   The rest of the foul smell comes off of the blonde with the inch long dark roots who "plays" the DA or ADA or whatever she's supposed to be.  I wasn't a Kyra fan but at least she could act and had played a character  with some character.  Who is behind this abortion anyway?
And, just as an aside, who thought that idjit Sikes character was a good idea?!?!?!  
These women couldn't act dead if they were.  What's a true shame is that they are killing the show.   The casting director needs to hide their head in shame and try to get a job as a barista or something that they're more qualified for. 
I feel bad for the rest of the cast -  they have talent and the characters they portray are believable.   It's a shame that we'll probably never see them again on the Raleigh Studios lot.  Its been fun working around them.  They will  be missed. 
RIP Major Crimes.  The entire show is now truly a major crime.Â

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Wow! This show really does suck and most of the stink is wafting off of Mary McDonnell. With her sleepwalking through the show it's impossible to think that she ever got an acting job, let alone received nominations and accolades for it! The rest of the foul smell comes off of the blonde with the inch long dark roots who "plays" the DA or ADA or whatever she's supposed to be. I wasn't a Kyra fan but at least she could act and had played a character with some character. Who is behind this abortion anyway? And, just as an aside, who thought that idjit Sikes character was a good idea?!?!?! These women couldn't act dead if they were. What's a true shame is that they are killing the show. The casting director needs to hide their head in shame and try to get a job as a barista or something that they're actually qualified for. I feel bad for the rest of the cast - they have talent and the characters they portray are believable. It's a shame that we'll probably never see them again on the Raleigh Studios lot. Its been fun working around them. They will be missed. RIP Major Crimes. The entire show is now truly a major crime.

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I was not blown away on this premiere. Provenza's character was laying on the attitude way too thick, it was close to, if not offensive honestly. It was interesting seeing the Andy Flynn character try and interrogate the suspect in the police car. Not something I remember seeing him do a lot of in The Closer so I'm not sure how I feel about that scene, I'm not sure I bought that performance. Jury is still out for me. There seemed to be way more wordy dialogue in this show and less scene changes, so the show felt slow. I didn't mind the kid honestly, he seemed like the only character on the show with genuine emotion. The fact that no one is even trying to look for his mom actually makes me feel bad for him. I liked seeing Tao, Sanchez, and Buzz actually. I think Fritz is just a guest star so I'm not sure he's really going to be in the show.

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What I loved about The Closer was how clever Brenda's character was in getting a confession. I'm not sure I'll be as enthralled watching Raydor et all make deals. Raydor's constipated personality and manner aren't compelling and I'm not sure fostering Rusty is going to make her approachable and interesting. I agree, not accepting Raydor seems right, but the guys seem STIFF even Fritz. I hope the interaction between the guys won't change. I love the humor especially Prevenza & Flynn and how much trouble they get into together. And I can't imagine the relationship between Raydor and Taylor will ever be as entertaining to watch as Brenda and Pope's relationship. I didn't care for the show, but i hope it gets better. I want it to be as great as The Closer, which I miss.

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In a word: disappointing. They tried some serious manipulation to get Raydor positioned where they want her in the fans' minds. It didn't work because it was too damn obvious. They had to have her take Rusty in--to humanize her, as was said previously. We finally learned something about her personal life--she has two grown kids, so she's not a frustrated old-maid, which is the way some of the male characters likely see her. Not a fan of the plea bargaining aspect, but I guess from a realistic standpoint, it certainly does save them a zillion, as opposed to handing out death sentences that take far too long to actually happen. However, it isn't cheap to keep someone behind bars for life, either. All this means is that we are going to likely see some serious finagling and bargaining by Raydor and the ADA.

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Agree with Michelle what is the use of watching a police procedural when the end game is Let's Make A Deal. Raydor is as stiff as a board. Guess that's how writers wrote part, but if Mary McDonnell won an Oscar she sure isn't showing her abilities in this part. Most probabaly will watch (as I love the guys)if there is nothing better on.

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The first episode fell flat. Raydnor worked when she popped in periodically, but an entire show of a character that is robotic does not work for me. Perhaps she will develop a personality. The crew didn't like Brenda at first either (remember, "Thank YOOOO"), but warmed up to her. Everyone seemed as if they were on medication - even when Brenda annoyed them (in the beginning), the staff reacted with animation and jokes. This was just painful.

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Laurie - my husband is a 23 year Army vet, just retired after his year tour in Afghanistan. He never said anything about the show bashing the military and I did not take that from what they did. There was a connection - that being the military - and because of their tours, they suffered. Not everyone that comes home comes home clean. They all have injuries, seen or not seen. The media bashes our soldiers and finds the "military" angle in everything someone does, ie: the shooting in WI. The media blasted "Army Vet" over and over again - where is the outrage there? Sorry I didn't see it and my Army Vet husband didn't either. In the end, the military connection had nothing to do with the crime, but a connection to the police did.

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We watched it last night after The Closer via DVR. We liked it. I was apprehensive because I read this review first, but still enjoyed it. It will take a bit of time for them to find their legs without Chief Johnson, but I do love the fact Fritz is still around so we can have a bit of her there. Give it a chance. TNT & USA make some of the best tv viewing out there in our book. We are going to stick with them!

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Well I absolutely loved the first episode of Major Crimes! It would have been weird if everyone had just accepted Sharon straight off the bat - her character is meant to be awkward! The show obviously couldn't be exactly the same as The Closer. Just give it a chance everyone, and see what happens over the coming weeks. :) You might be surprised!

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