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Major Crimes Review: Butting Heads

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"Before and After" cemented my disdain for Assistant Chief Taylor and provided new insight into the turmoil Major Crimes (the department, not the show) is facing after the departure of Brenda Leigh Johnson. 

It hadn't been clear until Sharon pointed out to Taylor that part of the problem within her department was due to the matching ranks within. She and Provenza share a rank, if not seniority, although at this point I'm not even clear on that issue. Sharon asserted that it would most likely be cleared up if she were promoted to the Commander rank she had been promised, but Taylor reminded her there was a freeze on all positions.

You had to love her comeback: Aapparently not Assistant Chiefs."

Provenza Struggles

It was what happened during that conversation - the condescending, pejorative and misogynistic attitude Taylor used with Sharon - that really ruffled my feathers. He had the nerve to talk to her about being pleased she was even given the chance, considering she was past the recommended age of retirement.

Does someone really expect me to believe he is not past that recommended age? He also suggested that her ability run the department would be based upon how she handled the squabbling. 

Taylor has nothing to do with the squabbling? What is his job? If I recall, under the same situation, Pope would have been involved already, ensuring there were not further issues about who was in command. Instead, Taylor had about 32 white boards in his office upon which he was scribbling. Very helpful indeed.

All of that said, I now have Sharon Raydor's back. If I were to (jump ahead a bit) and judge by the last scene, I think Provenza will fall into line with me soon enough, as well.

For everyone who was concerned last week that the writing was tired or lazy, I hope your fears have been assuaged. Provenza was on fire and the new gal, Sykes, was pretty spot on, as well. She's a welcome addition to the team and I like how she provides a bit of exasperating enthusiasm for a bunch of otherwise road weary veterans. She's going to keep them on their toes, much like Rusty will keep Sharon on hers.

Speaking of Rusty, I'm still behind the idea of him and Sharon in this mother/son situation. They both have balls of steel and marshmallow insides, making them quite perfect for each other. It was really touching that Sharon had already looked into getting Rusty into the same school her sons attended. Granted, he thought it was to get rid of him, but it was the exact opposite. She already felt so much for him that she wanted for him what she had given her sons. We only saw the barest glimpse of that emotional side on The Closer, and bringing it out here will make the show her own.

The showdown between Sharon and Provenza at the end was classic. What a great bet. Provenza, you keep your job here until you find one that you feel will treat you fairly.

In this world, the poor guy will be working with Major Crimes until his dying breath! At least we hope so, because if we lost the heart of a show we loved, we didn't lose the foundation. The supporting cast from The Closer has really stepped up to the plate. In two episodes they've made it an ensemble instead of a starring vehicle. If it continues, it will be toward certain success.

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Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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Mary McDonnell on "Major Crimes" delivers her lines in the same nauseating voice style as David Caruso on "CSI:Miami." I have never heard anyone, either in person or on screen, speak like they do. It is so forced, phoney and sickening. They both must have gone to the same acting school. Hearing them is like hearing fingernails on a blackboard.

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I love Major Crimes. The entire ensemble is fabulous.

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It's not the acting that's disappointing; it's the writing.....horrible and amaturish! The plot lines with the kid and Sykes are annoying and unbelievable.....can them! When you turn the channel mid way through a show, you know it's bad. What a disappointment for the Closer's great cast.

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For the record, Raydor and Provenza do not share a rank. She is a Captain and he is a Lieutenant, so she clearly outranks him and everyone else in Major Crimes. The issue is that Captain is a) only a rank above Lieutenant and b) several ranks, and great gulfs of prestige, beneath the Deputy Chief she replaced. Considering her career-path and lack of experience in homicide, this rank issue makes it harder for her to assert herself. I don't understand why everyone has such a problem with Raydor. Yes, she's not Brenda Leigh Johnson. Isn't that the point? Y'all would rather have someone show up and do a Kyra Sedgwick impersonation? Raydor is revealing herself to be, in her way, at least as interesting as Brenda.

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Never watched the Closer because my husband hated her mouth. I am enjoying Major though.

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I think the show needs a new name: "Major Crap." The show has lost all of it's 'snap' and frankly it is tedious to watch. A few acting lessons wouldn't hurt either. The show is on right now, think I'll go sort my sock drawer.

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Major crimes is a major disappointment, please bring back The Closer, or hire a lead actor with a strong character as Brenda Lee's. Captain Raydor must go!

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Major Crimes sucks. Sharon has no style, no heart. Just a by the book pencil pusher that killed a good show. You need a Brenda Lee to give the show a soul

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I have to agree with the viewer comments posted and disagree with the reviewer. Major Crimes is truly disappointing in that most of the magic and appeal built up with The Closer is all but lost. Raydor/McDonnell is simply not appealing or interesting. The crimes themselves are not interesting, and the writing has gone downhill. New characters Sykes and Rusty are annoying at best and add nothing to the stories to compel us to watch. Plots are choppy and the outcomes unsatisfying. I

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I have to agree with the viewer comments posted and disagree with the reviewer. Major Crimes is truly disappointing in that most of the magic and appeal built up with The Closer is all but lost. Raydor/McDonnell is simply not appealing or interesting. The crimes themselves are not interesting, and the writing has gone downhill. New characters Sykes and Rusty are annoying at best and add nothing to the stories to compel us to watch. Plots are choppy and the outcomes a

Major Crimes Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Waddya know. A hanging Chad.

Provenza

Provenza: Oh this is a crappy way to make a living. Working with the worst the world has to offer without being in charge.
Flynn: You weren't in charge for eight years.
Provenza: Yeah, but now I'm mad about it.

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