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ABC goes green by recycling characters and plots...
First, let me say I enjoyed the pilot a lot, and I'll be getting up to date with my DVR as soon as I can, so I can really only comment on the first two or three episodes but...
It's all been done many times before.
The home-life dynamic is stolen from Ab Fab, the plots have been stolen from...well everywhere at this point. If you can't figure out TV crime dramas before the cops do then you've probably been away from the planet for three long decades of cop procedurals and had a lobotomy while you were gone.
The leads are written no better or worse than Booth and Brennan in Bones, or Hill and Jordan in Wire in the Blood, Jane and Lisbon in The Mentalist, or Creek and Magellan in Jonathan Creek, or Randall and Hopkirk in Randall and Hopkirk (Decesased)...shall I go on...? This stoic-proceduralist-paired-with-a-quirky-partner format isn't new or refreshing, so let's not get carried away by the effortless way that Fillion plays his depthless author. Forget gaping plot holes like: did he just get all his cop insider info from watching TV shows, or has he really never gotten this close to an investigation before? Stana Katic does her very best bored pouty looks at being given Fillion for a partner, but we saw the very same looks on Robin Tunney's face at the start of The Mentalist and that show was a steady improver. Sadly Katic looks like she's pouting for the cover of Vogue, and it doesn't quite fit with her character.
The supporting cops are also not in the same class as the support cops of The Mentalist, The Closer, or Dexter.
Still for all that, it has an easy-going charm, like someone jammed The Dresden Files, Ab Fab, Jonathan Creek and Moonlighting and Bones into a blender. The result is probably not going to be to everyone's taste but it's not going to offend anyone, either.
I'll watch a few more, but you have to remember that this is ABC (which I believe stands for Air Them, Bounce Them, Cancel Them), where good shows go to not get renewed (Sports Night, Cupid (the one with Piven), Pushing Daisies) either because they're not the right show for that network, or because ABC has no idea what to do with good shows.
Millennium: The Time Is Now (1998)
*SPOILER* - Why this episode let us, and the rest of the season, down.
So, aside from the virus that sprung up in #2.22, just in time for the finale, there is another reason why season 2 ends in such a disappointing manner; and it's this: Lara has a giant freak-out to a Patti Smith song, and we get to see all seven minutes of it. I don't think we need to, but we get to see what is, in its own way, the worst 80s music video ever filmed. And about a minute of it advances the plot.
I'm sure that it was a blast to film, but it feels like watching the last 20 minutes of "2001: A Space Odyssey" - about two minutes in you start to think "Okay, I get it - can we see what else is happening now please, because this is tiring to see." I love the series, and I've read a lot of negative reviews of season 2, but the plot of Frank losing faith in the group over the course of the season is far more compelling than the self-contained mysteries that characterize most of season 1 (right up until we meet Lucy Butler). There are two episodes that seem to have been just thown in to break up the darkness (#2.09 "Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense" and #2.21 "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me") but what they really achieve is a stalling of the momentum. If you're watching on DVD, you might skip them because they'll just leave you frustrated that you spent 90 minutes on them and didn't learn anything about Frank, Watts, Lara or the group. Watch them when you're done with the real story, but they're often played for painful laughs.