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Keith Vlasak

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This show is generally still funny (and I'll keep watching it and laughing); however, the longer it goes on the more it falls victim to what I surmise is the basic problem. The concept of a show was cliche and pat situation (the pretty girl and the nerds) and that the Hollywood creators just don't know anything about it beyond that (an example might be the Hollywood assumption that researchers & professors are impoverished when one should expect each is earning a minimum of $100,000 per year and probably far more than that) ... so the show creative team keep going around and around in circles -- which is what all the relationship up and down is. I can't see how the show can suddenly grow from what it is: the same jokes in slightly different contexts (and on the series finale show all the couples will get married, but not until then)?!?

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Backstrom Season 1 Episode 5 Review: Bogeyman

I liked this episode again. The show appeals to me -- the characters and relationships. I thought the case was emotional, especially for Backstrom and appreciated the thanking God for him too in the church at the end while he's in his own state. I liked how his team is loyal to him (except for Gravely who's playing politics and imagining herself in his office, replacing him -- and she's not evil about it, she'll help solve crimes and doesn't stab Backstrom in the back, but she firmly believes she's the better detective by embracing the rules and that she should do whatever she thinks to rein in Backstrom -- so she's an interesting team member). I really liked the father-daughter interrogation because it felt like a real reaction of a father discovering all about his daughter in the police station. And I still love the humor and the pathos. It would be so nice if this show makes it! **added later: initial ratings 3.51, which is approx. the same as last week ...

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The ratings this week rose slightly to 4.43 (from 3.63 last week). That is still 4th in the timeslot and the first 3 are approx. 9, 9, and 8. My hope is if it stays leveled off it will get the whole season. I didn't know this show is based on a set of 3 detective novels by a Swedish criminologist (Leif G.W. Persson).