Life: Season 1, Episode 7

A Civil War (I) (7 Nov. 2007)

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The police investigate the murder of two Iranian-American college students who were killed in a convenience store. The shootings have all the earmarks of a hate crime as nothing was stolen ... See full summary »

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The police investigate the murder of two Iranian-American college students who were killed in a convenience store. The shootings have all the earmarks of a hate crime as nothing was stolen and "Go Home" was written above them. The police soon realize that they have a kidnapping on their hands when they learn a third person was with them. The ransom demanded by the kidnapper - and his relationship to the kidnapped man - comes as a surprise. Crews also learns that Dani Reese, who was only 12-years old at the time of the Bank of LA robbery, also has a connection to that crime. Written by garykmcd

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(at around 21 mins) Charlie is shown pouring liquid onto one of the keyboards in the conference room, causing the computer to begin to act up. If you pour liquid on a keyboard it might fry the keyboard but would not have an effect on the computer or the monitor, especially if the actual computer is in another room, as we are told it is by the tech officer earlier in the show, when he says that he will set it up so they can access Amir's computer in the conference room. See more »

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Charlie Crews: I want to tell you about the dream I had last night.
Ted Earley: Were there clowns in it?
Charlie Crews: No.
Ted Earley: I don't like dreams with clowns.
Charlie Crews: Who does? Although there are no clowns in this dream.
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7 May 2014 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

I agree with other reviewers' comments about the embarrassingly poorly-researched nature of the computer geekery shown in this episode. The screenwriters clearly knew nothing about computers whatsoever, and were too lazy to research the topic at least well enough for it to act as a credible plot point. Their attempts to depict hacker culture made "The Net" look like a Horizon documentary by comparison.

That wasn't the worst part of this episode, however. I literally had to give up watching when a particularly corny scene involving Chistina Hendricks attempting to lip sync to a cheesy camp fire song crept into the storyline. And then crept in again in a subsequent scene. And again. And again. I think one of the screenwriters must have had a little crush on Ms Hendricks, and she must have had pretensions about being able to sing. It was truly cringeworthy.

I can see why this series got cancelled, despite a promising pilot. It was down to the writing, not the acting. I'm glad that the main cast found more worthy vehicles for their talents in subsequent years. I suspect by comparison that the screenwriters are now writing advertising jingles for pet food commercials.


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