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"Cold Case" Start-Up (2005)

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The internet company

Author: jotix100 from New York
10 February 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Sometimes, even the best friends can become their own worst enemies. The case at hand is fitting example in this story where two intelligent and resourceful friends, Scott and Amy, create an internet company that attract the interest of an investment banker, Clifton Coleman, who offers the creators enough money to take the company public. Both Scott and Amy become instant millionaires on paper. Little did both partners realize they were playing with an unscrupulous character that will change the dynamic between them and their friendship.

As the pressures between the two partners grow tense, Amy and Scott begin to drift apart. Amy, a conservative young woman, resents the fact that Scott wants to flaunt his newly made money into getting a power car, a Ferrari, an unnecessary luxury expense he didn't need. Scott goes on to plunk more than a million dollars for a spot on a Super Bowl ad that doesn't bring new revenue to the company.

Amy, who is found dead, under strange circumstances, becomes the object of an investigation by the Cold Case team. As the detectives begin to dig into the facts, one thing comes clear, Clifton Coleman and Scott had strong motives for getting rid of Amy who stood in the way they wanted to conduct business. The detectives are able to solve the case when they zero in in the people they suspected from the start.

This episode was directed by James Whitmore Jr., the son of the late veteran actor. The screenplay is by Meredith Stiehm, a frequent contributor to the series. Sarah Jame Morris is fine as Amy. We also liked Deborah Van Vankelburg, who plays Geraldine, Coleman's long time secretary and a loyal woman, at that.

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Well acted, solid story, not too much drama

Author: spinner45 from Midwest, United States
22 July 2016

This was a good, solid episode. It wasn't overly "dramatic" as some episodes can be, however, it was well acted and I thought told a good story. There's a good list of suspects which included the murdered woman's business partner, an investor, the investor's secretary, a married man who falls for her and even the dead woman's own sister. Cold Case is usually pretty good at coming up with some good suspects. As I said, there's nothing too overly dramatic about the story (like heartbreak and excessive crying), but this is a good, enjoyable and well acted episode. A very good list of guest actors in this one. I really enjoyed Rodney Scott as the dead woman's business partner. I'll definitely be checking out more of his work on other shows in the future. I also liked the woman who played the secretary.

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Apparently, the cinematographer was trying to make us throw up.

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
19 July 2013

A partner in a start-up company dies of a heart attack in her 20s. Because of a threatening diary entry gleaned off an old computer, there's significant reason to believe the death was NOT accidental.

I am sure that my watching this re-run of "Cold Case" was made much worse by watching it on a 58" TV, but the show seriously made my daughter and me nauseous! That's because the camera-work was insane. Let me explain. In many of the flashback scenes, the camera literally spun around and around and around the folks. While it was a VERY impressive special effect, it was distracting, annoying and barf-inducing! As for the rest of the show, it was a relatively weak episode--mostly because it relied on a few moments when folks divulged information they did NOT need to divulge and if they'd kept their mouths shut, the crime probably wouldn't have been solved. Not a terrible show but one to watch on a small TV and where you should avert your eyes during these scenes. As for the next show, "Honor", it manages to do even worse things with the camera--so also beware.

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