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The bleakest episode so far?
ttapola from Finland
7 November 2009
"The Round File" immediately stands out from the episodes preceding and
following it. Actually, it stands out from pretty much every other
episode. While there is just the slightest amount of amusement in the
scenes at the beginning, from there it gets bleaker and bleaker, until
it is practically utterly dark. Unfortunately I have not yet had a
chance to view it again, but I'm pretty sure there were no smart quips,
no situation comedy or any of the laugh riots that appear in most
episodes of "The Closer". As a result, this is among the most dramatic
and gripping episodes in the series, an appalling look into the black
hearts of humans that are likely to live among us, in the real world.
And a look at the real world where there are people who are simply
forgotten, people who nobody cares about. This episode has a message,
but it isn't clumsily hammered home, the writers trust that the viewers
get it. I certainly hope everyone does.
This all comes pretty close to a perfect episode, but Season 1's
Episode 3: "The Big Picture" still reigns, with it's grim examination
of the flawed justice system and one of the coldest endings I've ever
seen on a TV series' episode.
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