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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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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 cho

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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.

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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 si

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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 a

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Well, it is not getting any better. what has happened to the writers? It appears that the powers that be must be letting their children who are in film school write the scripts. Do you people think that us fans want to listen to a punk kid? I will not waste any more time watching this juvinile piece of ?????.

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Really tired of Provenza's whining. Needs to stop or the show is done for us

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I always liked The Closer. I watched all the reruns when they were on. Kyra Sedgewick is a fantastic actor. I do not like major crimes at all. It is not the same even though the same actors are on the show. It all has to do with Mary McDonald. She is trying to be Krya & it will NEVER happen. I don't think the show will make it.

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I had hoped that since Major Crimes had basically the same cast, writers(?) and producer, they could come up with a decent replacement for The Closer. It wasn't that they didn't have time. After watching the premier, and 10 minutes of episode 2, I gave up. I don't know if is Mary McDonnell who is as stiff as a stiff or the writers lines, but she is terrible. Provenza is about to have a coronary, Flynn does not look well-what happened to the way he dressed on THe Closer. The kid is nasty. If Major Crimes is the premier group of detectives, what is Sykes doing there. I am not even going to say anything about Taylor. I refer you back to the meeting in season one, between Brenda, the Asst D.A., Taylor, Pope, and another policeman, when Brenda's job was on the line. I give this show one season, and I am not sure it will be a whole one. Simply moving in Raydor, who has the charisma of a dead flounder, to replace Brenda and focus on how to plea bargain a resolution to a crime,just doesn't do it for me!!!!

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I believe that Rusty was in foster homes before he ran away, and was not a teenager at the time he was left at the zoo by his mother. I not thrilled with Sykes, but am willing to give the character a chance. As I recall, Brenda was not liked by the team when she first came on. She had to win their trust. I think Sharon is a strong character, and should not be done like Brenda. That was a great character and I loved every minute of her, but this is a spin off, and changes have to occur. The Sharon character can't be the same, otherwise people will complain about that. I agree, just wait until the end of the first season. There is not a show I've EVER seen that did not take at least 1/2 a normal season (24 episodes) to catch on and develop. I'm still watching.

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My complaint is different from most. I really do not like the deal making part of the show now. It feels weird and stiff and fake. Maybe they do it like this now and the writers are trying to bring this new or old for all I know, reality into this show. But I like the bad guy gets caught and we know he is going to have a trial. I like that ending. It feels flat to me now.
Like instead of Brenda's amazing gottcha, we have lets get them to make a deal.
It bugs me. Not loving the kid story line at all, but willing to stick it out for a few more episodes to see if it gels better for me. I still love the old team, HATE Taylor, mostly always have, but now back to really hating him.

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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