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Complete series cast summary:
...  Detective Joel Stevens 24 episodes, 2002-2003
...  David McNorris 24 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Detective Bobby 'Fearless' Smith 24 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Officer Ray Hechler 24 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Teresa Ortiz 24 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Officer Tom Turcotte 24 episodes, 2002-2003
...  Andrea Little 18 episodes, 2002-2003
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Each episode of this series, set in present day Los Angeles, examines one crime from many different viewpoints - uniformed cops, detectives, witnesses, the media, the fire department and rescue squad, even the criminals themselves. Written by Brian Barjenbruch

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One crime. Seen from every point of view.


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Metrópolis  »

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The episode "Insured by Smith and Wesson" features Joe Penny as a former actor on a fictional TV series of that name. The clips shown from that fictional series are actually from Penny's old show Riptide (1984). See more »

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Det. Bobby "Fearless" Smith: It's not understandable. Knowing this is being done to you by your fellow human beings is a betrayal of everything that is human.
Det. Joel Stevens: That's because it wasnt human. These guys crossed a line. I'd call them animals but animals wouldn't even do that.
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Referenced in Make or Break TV: EZ Streets (2008) See more »

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Intriguing idea, or so I thought
23 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Boomtown had real possibilities. Take a crime & punishment procedural drama, but split up the story among the perspectives of all the people touched by the story - basically the criminals, beat cops, witnessess, paramedics, prosecutor, and cynical reporter.

I assumed this meant we'd get a Rashomon-style mosaic that gradually illuminated the Truth about what really happened and why. But apparently that's not what the producers had in mind. As we see the crime and its aftermath unfold through the various people's perspectives, it's really the same story. These diverse people all see the events happen exactly the same: as the events really, objectively did happen. They just react to the events differently.

That was a disappointing choice, IMO, as this intriguing story structure turns out to be more of a superficial gimmick than something with deeper potential. In fact, it ends up feeling much like every other crime drama out there, since their stories also devote a scene or two to the criminals, a couple to the cops, the detectives, the prosecutor, etc.

Perhaps to compensate for this, as we got to know the main characters over time the writers kept piling up emotional crises & relationship entanglements to their lives. It ended up feeling like a soap opera.

Apparently it got cancelled after a half-dozen or so episodes. Mercifully. Sigh.


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