Major Crimes Review: A Fly in the Ointment

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"Final Cut" introduced us to new Deputy District Attorney Rios. What a way to bring in a new character.

After the end of the first season, when viewers were brought to tears of happiness via how the story of Rusty ended - with him being an official orphan - her calling him a "Whorphan" was not endearing.

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That Rios was also somehow finding her way into other crimes outside the Stroh case and bumping heads with pretty much everybody - and with a damned annoying attitude to boot - was a recipe for disaster. Even Chief Taylor had to read her the new rules of major crimes when it comes to getting convictions (i.e., making deals!) versus putting people on trial. The girl had ants in her pants and I just wanted to shake them out of her.

But, gosh, did it bring out the mother in Sharon Raydor and protectiveness of "the uncles" in the rest of the division. My favorite part of Major Crimes is the new family they've developed on the show. Watching them stand up for one another against all else was very gratifying.

The juxtaposition of Rios trying to demand that Sharon release custody of Rusty to foster care and the creepy director who was such a horrible father that his ex-wife killed his current wife just because he was having another child was a really sad state of affairs.

The attempt to make Rios seem even mildly empathetic when he was stuck with his kids full time and she wondered how they would end up didn't work for me. Because they were kids of a director they were somehow more important than a "whorphan?" She still wanted Rusty, a good kid in a horrible situation, put into the foster system. She has a lot to overcome from her introductory episode.

I completely understood Rusty's frustration and unwillingness to cooperate with Rios in the Stroh investigation. He was right that as a victim he shouldn't have had to have such horrible things about his own life come to light in order to testify and do the right thing. But that's how our justice system works. Victims have no rights. Their lives are left wide open to tear apart and use as fodder to try to get the suspect freed. The suspect's life, on the other hand, is closed. What a shame that Rusty had to learn that at such a young age because of what his parents didn't do for him.

It was so touching when Rusty finally decided to talk to Rios and asked Provenza to tell Sharon it was all his idea the do it on his own and why he should be alone. Whatever happened with Rusty and his "dates" was so God awful, even after all the time that passed, he couldn't let them hear about it from his lips. Even as comfortable as he is, and with all the love he feels, a part of him believes that in hearing what he did they would find him disgusting and push him to the curb. To think that real kids do those things every day just saddens me to no end.

So if the Stroh case is going to move forward, do you think we'll see Billy Burke reprise his role as Philip Stroh while Revolution is off the air? Perhaps this is the season we'll see Kyra Sedgewick make an appearance as she delivers testimony or has a reason to visit the major crimes division. Either way, I have really high hopes for this second season. Honestly, the first season set a very high bar of success to meet, but I really think this well oiled machine can do it, even with the presence of the new DDA.

Until next week, check out some thoughts on Major Crimes Season 2 from a recent set visit, and share yours in the comments!


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Rios is a nightmare. The first show she was on, Rios acted as if she had never seen a dead body before. However, seasoned veterans would be the only attorneys qualified to prosecute major crimes. Rios posture at crime scenes and autopsies convey she is neither seasoned nor professional. In the past, the other prosecutors on the show were believable and consistent with the prosecutors that I have worked with. Rios makes a mockery of this field of law.


Can't stand the side stories about rusty and the new husband hanging around in the squad room. They need new writers. And new characters. Emma stinks. Such horrible acting.... What happened to the writers from "The closer?" They knew how to unfold a story.


Watched my last episode last night. Provenza is still wearing and looking
stupid in that hat. The Rusty story has not disappeared but has actually
increased. It's so ridiculous to see how he comes and goes in the squad
room where there is sensitive material in plain view and now he brings
a friend with him. No PD wold allow such inappropriateness. That's
it for me........I'm done. CB


Just watch Final Cut... We are late here in Europe... We have quite a big group here watching Major Crimes. We all cannot stand Emma Rios!!! She cannot act!!! She is like an odd ball in the whole group. We hope they will get rid of her soon. She is so full of herself... dont think she has the ability of make her character alive.


Please please get rid of that ADA Rios. She is positively annoying! If she stays, you'll lose me as a viewer. Why couldn't they have kept the ADA from Season 1. She was great!


The new DDA is beyond annoying. She can't act. She over acts to the point of turning the show off.


Get rid of Emma! She's awful!! What is she doing showing up at crime scenes. She is the worse thing on the show and needs to be killed off or just leave!! My husband and I can't stand watching her! I do like Mary McDonnell and the rest of the crew but Rusty is getting to be a bore. Enough of Emma and Rusty! Move on before the show is cancelled!


Sad that they don't have a King and Maxwell review here on TVFANATIC. It's more fun than Major Crimes (which I still like), has a better mix of drama and humor than most buddy cop shows out there (meaning that the humor is not too over the top), and has two great leads in Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn. The opening episode was totally unbelievable and packed with transparent "let's fill in the back story" moments, but it was still enjoyable. Looks very promising to me.


OOPS. DO NOT WANT THE WILL RUSTY TESTIFY??? story line dragged out any longer than necessary. PLEASE GET TO THE TRIAL QUICKLY!!!


Enjoyed the episode. Did not mind having a cold, ruthless, and yet naive DDA Rios cast into the mix. DO NOT WANT THE WILL RUSTY TESTIFY???

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Major Crimes Season 2 Episode 1 Quotes

Flynn: Okay, never ending budget crisis. The morgue can't get out here until 5 a.m.
Provenza: That's okay. She's got no other place to be.

Provenza: Rusty has the right to have his guardian present!
DDA Rio: His guardian? Are you saying my witness lives with you?