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Major Crimes Season 1

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by hummingbird_206, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. hummingbird_206

    hummingbird_206 Active Member

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    Not sure I'll be as big of a fan of this show as I have been of The Closer. But I'll give it a chance since most of the characters from The Closer are on the show.
     
  2. swinca

    swinca Menace to society

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    Jaw-ja y'all
    I didn't feel like watching it right after the ending of the Closer. I will check it out in the next few days.
     
  3. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    I was wondering how they would handle the opening (since Closer had such a distinctive one). And they did it exactly the same...which seems to me to be a statement that this really is a pure continuation of The Closer, and not a "mere" spin-off.
     
  4. TIVO_GUY_HERE

    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

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    Not a fan of Mary McDonnell at all ( everything she does, looks, moves, speaks, reminds me of Stands With Fist) but I like the cast. I hope the tention between Povenza and Raydor lasts.
     
  5. Cainebj

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    I was worried also so I thought I better watch it right after The Closer's final episode.

    I actually thought they did a great job of creating a Brenda-less series and kept the best of what they had and added just the right touches.

    I did question Brenda's husband being there but I guess it makes sense for a first episode and now he'll fade out.

    Mary McDonnell. BRILLIANT. I think they played her from minor sub character to the lead perfectly.

    I already mentioned in another thread I love that Rusty kid so glad to hear he is a regular
    - although I kinda preferred the serial killer hooker version of Rusty more to the whiny I want my mommy version.

    Best line of the night
    what kind of name is Buzz?
    this coming from a kid named Rusty?
     
  6. Graymalkin

    Graymalkin Grumpy Poster

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    I'm with Rusty on this one. What kind of a name is Buzz? I've always wondered.
     
  7. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

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    Named after Buzz Aldrin, perhaps?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzz_Aldrin

    The nickname "Buzz" originated in childhood: the younger of his two elder sisters mispronounced "brother" as "buzzer", and this was shortened to Buzz. Aldrin made it his legal first name in 1988.
     
  8. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

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    I always figured it was just his nickname, since he's the "techie" of the group.

    Can't remember, the episode with his sister, did she call him Buzz too?


    phox
     
  9. jamesl

    jamesl Member

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    back when he was a kid, "Buzz" used to salvage old broken radios, tv, computers and other electronics and build things out of them

    so being the scavenger that he is, he earned the nickname "Buzz", short for Buzzard
     
  10. Jon J

    Jon J Curmudgeon

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    On a 10 scale I give the first episode about a 4 but my momentary interim rating jumped sky high when Provenza and Flynn chewed on Raydor. :up:
     
  11. Gary McCoy

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    I'll have to say that the biggest objection I have is the suggestion that the legal system's problems be subverted by plea bargaining. I mean, I can see the pragmatic approach and understand that it demonstrates results, but I am a real believer in solving the root cause of the issues. If the legal system is broken, then you should fix it and not subvert it.
     
  12. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    Actually, that's just a belated acknowledgement of reality. I can't remember what the percentage of cases that are resolved through a plea bargain, but I'm pretty sure it's well over 90.

    Without plea bargains, it would take years and many times the money to get everything through the court system.
     
  13. GAViewer

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    I read somewhere that if all defendents refused a plea bargain, it could tie up the courts so much that the lawyers could then claim their clients weren't getting their "right to a speedy and public trial" and have the cases thrown out.
     
  14. Gary McCoy

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    Make a distinction between what is real and what is not. In the real world, District Attorney's and prosecutors weigh the evidence collected by police and determine the offenses charged. Then at a later date, they are free to amend the charges, or offer a plea bargain.

    The premise of Major Crimes is that the Police stop an investigation before it is complete based on their assessment of the evidence accumulated so far, and the DA offers a plea on the initial offenses charged. That's different and scary. In spite of that brief spike of satisfaction, the pilot episode claims that the investigation was completed and the plea for two consecutive 30-to-life sentances was accepted in less than 4 hours. It's not credible, any more than is a 5-minute DNA test with 100% accuracy. In the real world, DNA testing costs more than Police departments can afford, and is seldom used on lesser crimes than first degree murder.

    I mean, if the rules of evidence are too strict, liberalize them. If the Justices are too liberal, appoint different Justices. Whatever the root causes are of the problems you have, keep tweeking the system until it works reasonably well. The legal system today is not working and needs revision.
     
  15. Howie

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    I recorded it, but have not yet watched it. I like Rader. She's just so goofy she's funny. I hope Brenda and Kevin got out of their financial problems from that Mader prick.
     
  16. Sadara

    Sadara huh?

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    I like Provenza best in this episode! I'm not entirely certain I'll stick with it. I do not like the Raydor character at all. If they don't soften her up a little and make her at least a little more likable, I doubt I'll keep watching!
     
  17. hummingbird_206

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    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    I'm giving it one or two more episodes before I give up.
    The plea bargaining every week to "save money" is a big fat MEH to me.
     
  19. dswallow

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    I'm somewhat hopeful they're repeating it so much because there's a plan to have an episode where that approach becomes a seriously poor choice (i.e., they learn there's balance necessary between approaches).
     
  20. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    yeah which is why I figure a couple of more episodes.
    Sticking around because the cast has such excellent chemistry.
     

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