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One of the greatest things about "Southland" is the gradual development
of Office John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz). He really does become a
riveting character. Which is what makes him so frustrating in these
nascent episodes. He rides his rookie partner way past the point of
condescension, and you're just dying to know why he has to resort to
bully tactics to test the kid's steel. Not to mention the hope that the
wall will come down because you know there's a major history behind
this guy. 'See the Woman' does offer a glimpse, though. In just one
scene, we see a glint of compassion towards a brutalized woman in a gay
clothing store, as well as his Achilles' heel: prior back trauma. It's
like I said before, there's no spoon- feeding here. They really make
you work for details or sometimes even the big picture. and Cooper's a
testament to that.
Three episodes in and it's clear this show is really about the officers and not just the calls they respond to. In that respect, I found it a fascinating episode, painting a picture of Los Angeles that holds surprises not just on the streets but in the moneyed hills as well.
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This was without doubt the worst of the 3 shows that I've seen so far
in the "Southland" series.
What goes wrong here is that the writing was just trying to to show too much in the 45 minutes that the show was on.
Our 2 friendly policemen both confess to each other that their lives as younger men were anything but good. This should have been explored much more in greater detail.
Regina King, who has so much to offer in this show, barely appeared in this episode.
What was going on at that party when a cop is cuffed to the bed? There are plenty of explanations to go around here.
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