Wire in the Blood: Season 6, Episode 0

Prayer of the Bone (6 Apr. 2008)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anita Addison (as Naima Imani Lett)
Darius Grady
Merrilee McCommas ...
Julie Rice (as Marrille McCommas)
Dell Johnson ...
Sheriff Phelps
Amare Phelps
Ray Decosio
Loren Grady (as Nicole Lin Taylor)
Luke Gatewood ...
Jake Grady
Lucy Grady
Judge Downing
Luis Borgos (as Julio Cesar Cedillo)
Lee Burrill
Richard Dillard ...
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Tony Hill finds himself in unfamiliar surroundings when he travels to Texas to assist the local district attorney in the case of Darius Grady who is accused of murdering his wife and two children. Tony had already met Grady when the latter was stationed at a US military base near Bradfield and was charged with the rape of a local 15-year old. He was sent home by the military before he could be prosecuted in the UK but is using the same defense in the murder of his family as he did then: that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from his service in Iraq. While he doesn't find that Grady is suffering from PTSD, Tony finds far too many holes in the case for him to believe Grady is guilty. Written by garykmcd

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Anita Addison: I've never slept with an Englishman before.
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Very good but also cartoonish
16 August 2008 | by (Berkeley, California) – See all my reviews

While watching "Prayer of the Bone" I thought of "No Country for Old Men". This episode is very good but could have been VERY good, on a par with "Space: Above & Beyond" episodes "River of Stars" and "Who Monitors the Birds?" The story takes place in Austin, Texas, which is in the Texas Hill Country. Tony refers to the landscape as "flat," but it is not flat there, and "hot" which it is.

Tony Hill, as a hired expert, is asked to determine if a murder suspect, Grady, was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when he killed his wife and children. No one questions that Grady killed them, only his motive for doing so.

There are not that many main characters, but they are not well-developed. A woman who belongs to some organization (I couldn't catch the name or its purpose) comes to Tony's motel room twice, uninvited, to rail at him. The defense attorney never seems to act in Grady's defense. The sheriff's character is paper-thin; so is that of his son, with a dollop of weird and hostile that is over-acted, I think. And then the fellow with the pet rattlesnakes is entertaining, but huh? That last died from multiple rattlesnake bites after an enemy sets the snakes loose from their cages by BREAKING the GLASS walls of the cages - surely he could have just lifted the lids??? And the sheriff's officers never said a word about the smashed glass - "Well, a man who keeps snakes should expect to get bitten." That's my take, it's not a quote.

A storyline is introduced involving drug dealers, a lot of money, corruption, and politics, but it's just to move the main story along. But then, what is this? The real murderer's motive is lust for Grady's wife, not money or power? There is some silly editing here and there, compressing some action into a second or two: Tony's rented car bounces in a vaudeville way on an uneven road; the mysterious woman scoots from one area of a prison yard to another. What is the purpose of that? If the story were stronger without the side trips, if the characters were developed a little more, if the silliness were removed, this episode could have been as good as a standalone movie.

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