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Happy Turkey Day!!

So I am hosting my in-laws on Thursday and my family on Friday…yes I know, I will also be drinking quite heavily.   I am already starting to cook so the blog may be taking a back seat for a little bit.

However, I have tons of thoughts on Blue Bloods, Supernatural, and Dexter.  So at some point I will probably talk about them because they were so good this week I can’t forget about them.

Until then, have a great Thanksgiving and make sure you are all safe in your travels!!!

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Posted by on November 23, 2010 in CBS, CW, Showtime

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Blue Bloods “Chinatown” S1 E8

Jamie and Sydney

Jamie meets up with the FBI agent in Chinatown regarding the Blue Templar investigation.  Jamie tells her that he wants no part of the investigation and he will not help them.   As he walks away, he notices a crime being committed.  2 men are assaulting 2 women.  The 2 women and 1 man get away but Jamie is able to chase 1 of the men.  He runs him down into an intersection and he is struck by a car and killed.   He calls it in but he is off duty so this is going to be a problem.  I don’t know what the big deal is but apparently he should have called 911 since he was off duty.  But as Jamie later tells his dad, his natural instinct kicked in and he went to handle the situation himself.   By the time he called 911 and help arrived, the suspects would have been long gone.  I think he did the right thing.

Danny and Jackie show up to investigate the crime and tell Jamie that IA (Internal Affairs) will be looking into this, especially since he is the Commissioner’s son.  He is willing to cooperate fully.  During the IA interrogation, the questions are tough.   He is grilling him about why he didn’t call 911 since he was off duty and was he sure the victim had a gun.   He also asks Jamie what he was doing in Chinatown and did he talk to anyone or meet anyone?   He says he was just out talking a walk since his apartment wasn’t far and that he wasn’t meeting anyone.  However, witness said they saw him talking to a woman with red hair.   Uh oh.   He said she was a tourist asking for directions and he helped her.  The IA agent wants her name and phone number.   How stupid is that?  If she is a tourist, why the hell would Jamie have her name and phone number.   The finish up and Jamie heads out.

Jamie gets called back in a few days later because the woman he was seen talking to has come forward.  Jamie looks nervous.   She comes in and she completely confirms his story about needing directions to Canal Street to buy purses.  The IA agent is convinced and thanks her for her time.   Before she leaves, she states the following: “Office Reagan helped me and when I saw the article in the paper, I just wanted to return the favor.”   Well played Agent Anderson!   So guess who is going to be back on the Templar case helping the FBI, whether he wants to or not?   That would be Officer Jamison Reagan.

Unfortunately for Jamie, his bad week doesn’t end there.   When he gets home, he is looking up information about Joe’s shooting.   Sydney wakes up and asks him what he is doing up at 3am?  When he blows it off, she proceeds to tell him that IA came to question her and ask her how their relationship was doing.  She told IA fine, but she told Jamie that they aren’t.   Her boss gave her an opportunity on a huge case for their firm for 6 months…in London.  She knows he can’t go, but she can and she is.  He tells her that he was meant to do this job.  She agrees and says she loves him too much to stand in his way and she gives him back the engagement ring.

Sydney hasn’t been around too much to care either way if they break up.   And it was clear from the beginning that this was doomed.   They met at Harvard Law and when they fell in love and committed to one another, she thought she was going to be marrying a lawyer.   Then Joe dies and Jamie becomes a cop.   Not really the life she signed up for.  To some degree, I don’t blame her.  And if she can’t handle it, it’s better for both of them that she gets out now.   See ya Syd.  Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

The Case

Turns out what Jamie stumbled upon was a pretty big case.   The guys were Chinese gangsters who were involved in an adoption scam.   They ran an “escort service” and when any of the girls turn up pregnant, they would turn them over to a Dennis Eng, who ran a clinic for Chinese families who were either illegals or couldn’t afford insurance.  Eng’s sister Nancy was married to a fertility specialist, Dr. Warren Wakefield.   When the IBF treatments weren’t working for his clients, he suggested an adoption option for them where he could get babies from China for the couples.  Wakefield paid the girls $5,000 for the babies while he sold them for about $40,000-$50,000.  Nice guy.  So money was going to Wakefield, Eng, and the Chinese gangsters.  Danny, Erin, and Jackie busted the whole, with Jamie’s initial assistance.

Danny/Jackie/Ava

Does anyone else find it strange that Danny has a different partner every other week.  He started with Ava, then he went to Jackie (played by the awesome Jennifer Esposito.)  Wouldn’t the top detective in the precinct have one partner and it be consistent?  It doesn’t make sense that he would rotate between 2 partners.  I wish they would just stick with Jackie.  Esposito is fantastic and she plays off Wahlberg very well.  Plus she seems to fit better as a hard-core police detective better than Ava.

The Others

Everyone else was kind of filler this week.   But we did learn that Nicki, Erin’s daughter, wants to follow in her uncles’ and grandfather’s footsteps and become a cop.  She also wants to be the first female Reagan to be a cop!   Good for her.  I think it may be a little soon for her to make that proclamation but I still think it’s touching.

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2010 in CBS, Quick Reviews/Recaps

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Blue Bloods S1 E1-6

Six episodes in and I think I like Blue Bloods.  I know I like the cast and I think it’s an interesting dynamic (mixing a family drama with a cop show.)   The stories are compelling, although a bit far-fetched at times and most of the characters I like, although I have my issues.   Let’s breakdown the Reagans:

Henry and Frank Reagan

The heads of the Reagan family.  Frank (Tom Selleck) is the current police commissioner and Henry (Len Cariou) is the former commish and Frank’s dad.  Henry is still a very strong and dominating force over the Reagan family but he does so playfully and respectfully.  Even though he is retired, he is still very involved in his son and grandchildren’s lives in the police force and can sometimes insert himself into a case even though he really shouldn’t be (just like in “Officer Down.”)     But Henry has a good heart and you can tell his family really loves and respects him.   Frank is also a good, powerful man in his own right.  But I don’t think I have seen Frank smile once in 6 episodes.  Have you?  He seems a very dour person as well as monotone.  I don’t know if this is from the fact that is wife is gone, Joe being killed,  or so many years on the force have hardened him, but I don’t see a lighter side to Frank.  I hope the show explores that at some point because I want to know why Frank is the way he is.  He’s not nasty by any stretch.  Just sad.

Danny and Linda Reagan

Danny (D0nnie Wahlberg) is the oldest Reagan and one of the top detectives in the NYPD.  Now Joe may have been older than Danny but I’m not sure and since he is deceased, Danny is the oldest living Reagan sibling.  He’s married to Linda (Amy Carlson) and they have 2 boys.  I like Danny but I think he needs to tone it down a little.  He can be VERY over the top trying to be a tough guy detective.  The screaming and throwing things can be effective with certain episodes but not as everyday interrogation management.   He is also one of those guys who thinks he is always right and no matter how he does his job, he’s right.   The dynamic between him and his sister Erin, who is an ADA, is very interesting because of how different their view points are.   Especially since they are both on the side of putting the bad guys in jail, Erin is very by the book where Danny just wants to get the perp anyway he can.   Speaking of Erin…

Erin Reagan-Boyle

Erin (Bridget Moynahan) is the only daughter in the Reagan clan and the only one who isn’t a cop…she’s an ADA (Assistant District Attorney.)   Erin is going through a divorce from her husband and she has a teenage daughter named Nicky (Sami Gayle…Baby June from Broadway’s 2008 Revival of Gypsy.)   Erin is very intelligent and congenial but she fiercely believes in her convictions.  She has no problem getting in brother Danny’s face about how he handles his job and will battle the other Reagan men on the law’s side of justice.    Monyahan also does a nice job of balancing the softer side of Erin with the fervid DA inside her character.   I’d like to see a little more from her side of the job.  I know this is primarily a police drama but I think you can show the DA side in regards to NYPD cases and still have the “cop show” feel.

Jamison (Jamie) Reagan

Jamie (Will Estes) is the baby of the family and the rookie cop with a Harvard Law degree.  He is engaged to Sydney (Dylan Moore) who I think is a little unsure about Jamie’s sudden calling to be a police officer.   I’m also curious how you go to one of the best law school’s in the country and decide to become a cop.   Was it because of Joe’s death?   Was it for his dad’s approval?   Or was it simply his calling?   Nothing says he can never use his Harvard law degree but it is an interesting choice.   So Jamie is a beat cop learning the ropes from Srgt. Renzulli (NYPD Blue’s Nicholas Turturro.)  Renzulli likes to toy with Jamie but still looks out for him and teaches him the day-to-day job.  I also like that he doesn’t give him grief about being the commish’s son.   You would think it would be no brainer storyline…veteran cop tasked to train the head honcho’s son and hates every minute of it.   But kudos to the writers for not going in that direction.

That’s the quick look at the Reagans.   I think Blue Bloods is getting better and better every week.  One part of the show I think needs better development is the Blue Templar storyline.  Other than the “Pilot” and “Privilege” there hasn’t been more than a 1-2 minute mention of the Blue Templar.  I’m still not sure what it is.   If I remember correctly, the BT is a secret society inside the NYPD that has since turned corrupt and violent.  In the pilot, Jamie is approached by 2 agents (possibly FBI) who tell him about the BT and inform him that his brother Joe was working with them to bring down the BT from the inside.  They play a recording of Joe saying how he has infiltrated the group and will keep them update on developments.  He was killed soon after and these agents believe it was the Templar.  They ask Jamie to join them and to finish what his brother started.   We also see that Danny has one of BT pins in his locker and that when Jamie tries to talk to both Danny and Henry about it, they shoo him off the subject quickly.   I’m curious about this but I think there needs to be some more information about it so we aren’t left out in the dark.   I’m sure the writers don’t want that storyline to take over the show and I can appreciate that.   But if they don’t start giving the viewers something to keep interest, they risk losing viewer interest altogether.

If you haven’t checked out Blue Bloods yet, I suggest you give it a try.  And then let me know what you think!

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2010 in CBS, Quick Reviews/Recaps

 

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Coming Attractions

I am still catching up on my DVRs.  I really should stop scheduling work events that interrupt my TV viewing.  Especially during premiere week!  People I work for, if you happen to have read that, I’m kidding!!!   (not really.)

So the last shows I have to watch and comment on are Glee, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Brothers & Sisters, Survivor, Blue Bloods, and the Office.   Stay tuned!

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2010 in ABC, CBS, NBC, Recaps and Reviews

 

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