It’s pretty formulaic in a lot of ways, but i guess that’s par for the course with most cop shows. Still, i like the characters, and the actors, and it moves at a pretty decent pace. I like the habit of starting each episode with an action sequence from later on, and then rewinding to the start of the day. It’s not exactly ground-breaking film-making, but it works for the show, i think.
We’ve been watching it for a while…TNT has been replaying the first season, so we watched most of those, and recorded (and started watching) this season. I like the characters, character development seems above average, it’s tense/exciting in spots… I dunno, we really like it. But I’ve noticed it doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of attention.
I was reading an interview with Joseph Wambaugh where he was pitching a show that was turned down because Southland was already in progress, which is sad, since the first thing that struck me about Southland was the Waumbaugh stock characters: the comedy-relief fuck up cop, the clueless hardon chief cop, the sensitive, tragic cop, etc.
I agree. I was telling a friend this: I’ve already been annoyed by Regina King when she was on 24, and while I do like her current character, it’s the kind of character that (IMO) can get very tiresome to watch. Don’t get me wrong, I’m 100% on board at the moment, but I’m wary.
Also- Tammy? Dewey? SHUT UP.
Nice to see a character come out of the closet and have the person finding out not give a shit.
I started watching Southland after going into cop-drama withdrawals when The Shield ended. As a substitute, it’s a little soft, but I can’t say I honestly expected it to be the same. Otherwise I have enjoyed the new season as well as catching up on missed first season episodes.
Unfortunately, Justified started in the same time slot, so I’ve been giving it my attention lately.