The man who was acquitted of murdering a cop's father is found dead.

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The man who was acquitted of murdering a cop's father is found dead.

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There ain't no justice... it's just us
28 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

The first episode of the two-parter ended with Kenny Damon being acquitted from the charge of murdering of a former detective, with the victim's son, Jake Rodzinksi (Bruce Campbell of "Ash" fame in a nicely low-key turn), also a cop, threatening revenge.

Now Damon is found dead: Kellerman (Reed Diamond) and Howard (Melissa Leo) investigate the case, while Meldrick (Clark Johnson), as a friend of the main suspect, is torn between loyalty to him and the increasing suspicion that Jake did indeed execute the man.

A tight script - the final monologue by Gee (Yaphet Kotto) is chilling

  • shows the difficulty of investigating fellow officers and examines


the consequences of the vigilante brand of justice. It's the thematic flip side of Justice: Part One - in the first episode, the law fails and a guilty man goes free; in the second, a cop takes the law in his own hands, with dramatic consequences.

What's remarkable is the absence of finger-wagging, facile moralizing; Jake is portrayed neither a righteous hero nor as a monster - just as someone who faces a moral breakdown and loses it, in a creepy foreshadowing of the fate of Kellerman (who, ironically, is the primary here) in the next seasons.

8/10


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