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"Homicide: Life on the Street" Lines of Fire (1999)

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Never trust a man who gives you a cold coffee

Author: petr_sfv
15 September 2007

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Season 7 was terribly disappointing, with weak characters and sloppy writing. Still, there were a few bright points, like this episode directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

Mike Giardello (Giancarlo Esposito), son of Gee and FBI agent, along with Gharty (Peter Gerety), faces a desperate man (Ron Eldard) who threatens to kill himself and his children, and insists on having Mike as the negotiator. Gee Jr has to talk him out of the increasingly dangerous situation.

Lines of Fire features solid writing and interesting performances by Esposito - who is much better here than in the rest of the season - and Eldard as the suicidal father. Although the excuse to put Gee Jr in the spotlights does feel contrived... just like in the rest of the season, after all.

The Mike Giardello-Gharty duo once again works well - the confident, self-righteous young man and the bitter bigot - like in the surprisingly good Shades of Gray, and the uncompromising ending is memorable.


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