Major Crimes Review: Refreshed and Renewed

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"Medical Causes" contained one of the most gruesome cases I've seen portrayed on television in quite some time. And it was so easy to imagine it happening.

A bunch of happy revelers waiting in line to get into a nightclub were plowed down by an SUV. The crime itself was a bit of a letdown. It was the most cliche of incidents and that was something we weren't often subjected to before Raydor took over Major Crimes.

I forgave the predictability because of the great work done by the actress playing the killer/victim, though. When she broke down, sobbing that someone made her kill four people, she was utterly believable. I don't know how someone could get over that.

The Nightclub Complication

Along the way, we were given a lot more insight into the new dynamics of Major Crimes. Thankfully, Taylor was absent, thereby making it a rather pleasant experience outside the horror of the crime of the week.

Unless you were paying close attention to what was happening as Flynn was gathering money for the bus ticket for Rusty's mother, you might have missed Sanchez's cute, scrunched up laugh to his buddies as Provenza hid his wallet to dig out cash. It was such a little thing, but I loved it. It's all a part of the renewed concentration on the whole team. They get along better and they're more comfortable. I can't decide why Brenda's leaving would bring them all closer, but that's exactly what has happened. 

I've noted before the increased engagement of Tao and Sanchez, and the most exciting part of that has been the surprising increase in Sanchez quotes. On The Closer he was always one of the more serious detectives. Not only does he do the scrunchy faced laugh, but we have about a 75% better chance that when his lips move, a Major Crimes quote will result. To wit: 

Sanchez: Why don't we try to get the suspect's boyfriend, that dumb golfer dude, to admit that she had more than one drink? | permalink

There was a major development as a result of discovering Rusty's mother. Provenza and Flynn found that seeing their nemesis caring so deeply for Rusty melted their own frosty feelings toward her. Flynn was by Rusty's side as he waited for the bus and kindly listened to a young man's desires and dreams about the return of his mother without passing judgment. Provenza realized Sharon might want to be in the role Flynn was portraying and offered a suggestion that would allow her to do that.

It was the first time they, most especially Provenza, saw Sharon as someone other than an enemy who was tossed into their midst to make their lives miserable. The episode closed out with a runaway Rusty running to, of all places, his new home with Sharon.

At first I thought it might take a while to establish the tone of Major Crimes, but it's falling into place nicely. The players are familiar, and yet showing sides we've never seen before making Major Crimes a successful spinoff. 


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I'm just about done watching this show. The rusty character has been played out and it's time for him to go. Come on TNT. You must know that he is ruining the show!!!!


Crimes are okay but the cast interaction is not. Rusty has got
to go......borrring.
And Provenza has to lose the hat. Maybe show should be cancelled.


Provenza looks idiotic in that stupid hat and less than professional.
Lose the Rusty story. He's a boring character and adds nothing to theseries. CB


I agree with Ellen's comment about liking The Closer but liking Major Crimes much more...........the episodes have, literally, had me on the edge of my seat ......especially this past week..........The stories are much more intense......Great work to the cast.........


I liked The Closer, but I like Major Crimes even better. Captain Raydor is a little quirky, but so was Brenda Leigh. And I think the interaction between Raydor and Rusty is touching and well written. Sure Rusty has a smart mouth like most teenagers, but he also has a certain street-wise integrity about him. And Provenza and Flynn are still a joy to watch. Keep up the good work, writers and actors!


The Closer was one of our all time favorites with a perfect cast. Kyra Sedgewick was terrific as Brenda Leigh and we never missed an episode, even recorded and watched over and over. We are very disappointed with Major Crimes so far. Mary McDonnell is a good actress but will never be able to carry this show. We love the returning cast but Sykes doesn't add anything. The writing and story lines just can't measure up.


Loving Major Crimes so far, the Rusty/Raydor storyline is great, him being the obnoxious teenager learning to be nice and her remembering what its like to raise a teenager, plus starting a new job. Lots of potential for good storylines, and still getting to see my old The Closer family is fantastic.Thanks for a great show!!


Sorry, but the show is not cutting it for me. I loved the interaction between Flynn and Provenza on The Closer but don't see the humor on this show. Mary Mcdonald doesn't show much emotion. I agree she sounds like a robot!


I am so sorry about this show. I love the entire cast...without Mary McDonald. She gets on my nerves so bad...can't do it. I am soooo going to miss this.


My goodness, I really thought something good was going to happen with Major Crimes but I was sadly mistaken. Raydor and Rusty? Really????? That is a major crime.

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Major Crimes Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Hey, funny guy, you sing and dance, too?


Five hundred bucks for a bus ride from Reno? That's a little steep is it not?