Southland (Pilot)

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  1. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

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    [raises hand] I missed it. :eek: *shrug* I just saw the cop and the guy sitting at a bar. If there was anything that made it look like a gay bar, I didn't see it, or didn't know what I was looking at.
    I did catch that, though. Was wondering if the guy realized it was the cop.
     
  2. plowsterbabe

    plowsterbabe Indentured Servant

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    Hmm...that made me think of something. When Cooper was running his mouth at the vice sting operation that there were signs every two feet at the park and only an idiot would get caught, the perp in the back of the car shot him an evil look. I wonder if that look was more of a, "I hate you because you're a cop being a jerk" or "I hate you because we know each other and you're pretending to not know me now?"

    Did he jumped into conversation at the gay bar like that he already knew Cooper? I don't remember.
     
  3. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

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    ick, dont know how anyone could stand looking at testicles on a chin for 22 minutes each week :eek:
     
  4. RonDawg

    RonDawg Well-Known Member

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    Neither...
    Probably both.

    As soon as Cooper sat down and got a beer, the guy turns to him and says "I've had a really bad day. I got arrested."

    At first it appears the guy is talking to someone else across the bar, but then you realize the guy is seen via a mirror behind Cooper, and the guy talking to him is actually to Cooper's immediate right.
     
  5. mrowe8

    mrowe8 "Too Slow - Chuck No

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    I missed that it was the same guy from the back seat and that it was a gay bar. I would not be a good detective.:rolleyes:
     
  6. mrowe8

    mrowe8 "Too Slow - Chuck No

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    No he doesn't what? I didn't say he HAD to. I said it may have been nice given the title of the thread did not warn of spoilers.
     
  7. pdhenry

    pdhenry Oh, my aching back

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    It's a specific episode thread ("Pilot'). Episode threads are understood to contain detailed info regarding that episode per the forum guidelines.
     
  8. Unbeliever

    Unbeliever Random Nobody

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    I was waiting for a "Yeah, I know. I made fun of you!"

    --Carlos V.
     
  9. JLucPicard

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    I hadn't thought about the DVD or cable network aspect of this. My thought as I was watching was seeing as how network cop shows seem somewhat watered down and get their asses kicked quality-wise by shows like The Wire and The Shield, I thought it was just an attempt at ramping things up a bit. It didn't really bother me all that much, but if it became too much like The Shield and 50% of the "dialog" was bleep-bleep-bleepity-bleep, then it would bother me.
    I find it kind of funny that you say that because I've seen SO many threads for pilots where they spend so much time 'introducing' the characters the reaction is "Boring - SP Deleted". I figured, go right for the grit, build a canvas to work on, then flesh out the people. Just like Survivor, I'll learn who the people are later.

    I hadn't seen Michael Kudlitz in the shows previously mentioned, but where I remember him from was the show Standoff with Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt. He played the lead SWAT cop in that one.
    I understand why people say this, but aside from maybe sitcoms, when a show gets away from the doctors, lawyers and cops, it tends to be PRETTY boring. MadMen is kind of an example - boring might be going too far, but there's no way I could watch more than one or two of this type of show in a season and not become bored to tears. I like MadMen pretty well, but it couldn't become staple fare.
     
  10. fmowry

    fmowry Well-Known Member

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    I agree, and also how many GOOD cop shows are out there? I liked NYPD Blue, Third Watch, the Shield, and the Wire, but none of those are left and that spanned over the last 15 years. CSI:Ridiculous Technology and Law and Order: Interrogate Witness For the Millionth Time don't count. :)

    Frank
     
  11. Bob Coxner

    Bob Coxner Active Member

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    Don't forget the best one of all - Homicide: Life on the Street. Hill Street Blues was another good one, although that goes back a long way.
     
  12. ewilts

    ewilts Who, me?

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    If they didn't turn on the lights while filming, this will be my last week watching/listening Southland. The majority of the show was shot in the dark, and as my wife said, "it may as well be on the radio".
     
  13. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Active Member

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    Um, most of it was done on the night shift, wasn't it? ;)
     
  14. Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

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    Sherman...
    I used to think that about Apocalypse Now.
     
  15. RonDawg

    RonDawg Well-Known Member

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    Neither...
    The outdoor daytime scenes were pretty bright to me ;)
     
  16. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

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    Bright enough to see Dodger Stadium on top of the ridge. ;)

    Looked good in HD
     
  17. dolfer

    dolfer Miles Standish Proud

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    Without putting it to too much analysis, I really liked "Southland"! What a surprise. It had some elements of "The Shield" and "The Wire"...

    I didn't mind the bleeped curse words. I thought it was kind of funny. Maybe they'll "unbleep" for the DVDs... If it lasts long enough that is! ;)

    It was two for two on premiere Thursday last week... I also liked "Harpers Island"... It had a little touch of "Twin Peaks" to it... I thought it was going to be terrible but it wasn't.
     
  18. cptodd

    cptodd Just Me!

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    I have to say that I loved Southland. As far as the gay bar what I noticed was that there were no women in the bar as far as I can remember. That raised an eyebrow for me. It did not make me say "gay bar" but it did make me say "perhaps."
     
  19. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

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    See, I just looked at it as being a "bar". Around here, there's a lot of old blue-collar bars filled only with factory workers and biker types. You'll find few if any women in them. If it's got a good mix of women, then it's a likely newer family-friendly establishment that probably likes to call itself a "pub" in an attempt at having "class".
     
  20. RonDawg

    RonDawg Well-Known Member

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    Neither...
    Those guys in the bar didn't look like factory workers and bikers to me.

    The show is very coy about Cooper's sexuality. Little hints here and there, but nothing that nails it for certain.

    I thought he was going to "reveal" himself to that guy (who most definitely looked like a biker) at the tattoo parlor, but the biker thought Cooper was just being a smart-aleck and took a swing at him.
     

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