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Cold Case 
13th-Mar-2007 11:12 pm
Claude b&w
As the network episodes of Law and Order tonight were repeats, I decided to watch Cold Case on TNT instead. Now, this is a show I have just stared getting into, therefore the repeats offer up a lot of stuff I haven't seen. Oddly enough, this is one of the few crime dramas that doesn't bug the ever-living crap out of me when they touch on the lives of the detectives, because it's usually not too emo - yes, I like my crime dramas all about the crime, for the most part. The real problem with Cold Case is that it is going to pretty much be heartbreaking no matter what, because, well, everyone's fucking dead. This one wasn't any exception, though it actually did manage to have a revelation I never saw coming.

Whoa, full stop. Daniela was a transexual? Yes, it is still throwing me for a loop. One thing I have always respected about this show is its ability to depict sexuality as fluid and normal, and this was no exception. The love story here was horribly tragic - it reminds me of my favorite episode of this show, "Best Friends" (if you have seen it, you know what I mean.) Thank you, writers, for depicting people of various orientations and identifications as just basic, normal people who want love and happiness.

There's always a moment in these episodes where one gets all weepy, and mine was when Daniela's mom added her picture to her scrapbook. *sniff*

Anyway, that one is definitely highly recommended.
14th-Mar-2007 07:01 am (UTC)
The verdict is that I love this show. All the flashbacks (especially the onesin the middle of conversation), the twists, and yes, the music - all great.

I see what you mean about this feeling so normal, and it was definitely tragic, but I felt worse for the guy than for Daniella.

*sniff* The slow dancing on the rooftop was the wibbly part for me!
14th-Mar-2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
I like Cold Case a lot, too.

I'm particularly fond of the way it uses music as an integral part of the story, instead of just giving us the obligatory "final emo montage" that is so prevalent in tv drama right now.

Have you seen the ep with Amber Benson as a hippie chick? That one was good AND had great music. ;)
14th-Mar-2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
I like the concept of the music, but there's been times where I've turned the show off because the music was annoying. I seriously could not watch that Bob Dylan episode a few weeks back.
19th-Mar-2007 06:22 pm (UTC)

I largely prefer BBC mysteries, such as Foyle's War, Inspector Morse, and Midsomer Murders, most of which have been serialized from novels, because they allow the audience to solve the murder alongside the detectives, by feeding us clues at relevant points in the plot. It's not like the American formula show, which we basically watch as a story.
4th-Feb-2008 12:29 am (UTC)
I fucking love this show in general, I saw Daniela and OMFG, I didn't see that shit comin' till they told me.

Yeah, they aren't all beating you in the face with a MESSAGE! (makes me think of that Wayans movie) it just feels like a real depiction of an event.

Yeah, it's a sad event, and they show that, but not in a barfy/emo way. There's nothing wrong with showing feelings.
I can't believe I just typed that.

Anyway, I love the flashes of the people as they were. I don't think it's over the top, I think it's a fresh way of storytelling and a welcome addition.

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