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Keith Vlasak

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Backstrom Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Bella

The ratings for the premiere were 7.98 (1.9 for 18-49 year olds) and this week fell to 5.32 (1.4 for 18-49 group). I don't know how bad that is for Fox. Big Bang is like a 17+ rating, but then CBS's two and a Half Men and the Elementary are like ratings of 9 and 8, so there is a drop off through the evening, but 7.98 would be good, but 5.32 might be a bad sign of things to come. I hope Fox has lower standards at least for a whole season!

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Backstrom Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Bella

I still like the show -- but the comments last week and this make me leery about whether enough of us will like it or if it isn't already canceled and all we'll get is whatever number of episodes were already made. What I like most is that the show portrays a gritty, grubby world rather than a slick TV world. Although it does remind me a little of Baretta back in the day, it mostly sort of reminds me of Pacino in Serpico (which was a true story) and the EMT scene is right out of that movie like how the cops let Serpico walk into gunfire without back-up because he turned crooked cops in -- that gritty, that dirty, that kind of reality.

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I enjoyed this show a lot. It'll be the first new show I watch since Black List and before that Elementary (just to point out how few shows interest me personally). I may have misunderstood, but I don't think the reviewer recognized that he's the team leader, that Gravely and all the others are under him, which was why he was giving them assignments. Perhaps what was confusing is that he doesn't pay attention to what they're each doing after he directs them due to all his bad habits. I also think the talking to himself is original (and so easy for the others to make fun of him for). And he is the best cop in the room, figuring things out before forensics and investigation can verify his conclusions. Great premiere!