Sean King and Michelle Maxwell aren't your typical pair of private investigators. Both are former Secret Service agents, and their unique skill set (not to mention their razor-sharp ... See full summary »
Carrie Wells, a former police detective, has a rare ability to remember virtually everything she experiences including detailed visual recall. She returns to police work and uses her ability to solve crimes.
James Hiroyuki Liao
Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD with an unorthodox style. Her innate ability to read people and obtain confessions helps her and her team solve the city's toughest, most sensitive cases.
Unsurprisingly, this is a fairly mediocre show. The writing is less than brilliant, the acting is serviceable but otherwise unremarkable, the plots are not terribly original, and it's difficult to summon up much interest in the characters. However it's not so terrible that you can't watch it, so if you're looking for a basic crime drama then this will do in a pinch.
But what bothers me about this show is that though all the main characters are women, and so far most of the crimes have centered on women and their lives, is that all the plots about these women's lives center around their relationship to men. The Medical Examiner has to deal with her husband being in a wheelchair; the Lawyer has to deal with her (female) boss' jealousy after she sleeps with her (the boss') ex-boyfriend (while Lawyer is herself in a committed relationship with someone else, I might add); the Detective is trying to deal with having her ex-husband as her new boss and her devotion to her job getting in the way of domestic bliss. All these women talk about in an episode, apart from the details of the crime, is their relationship problems. "Detective, you have to have a boyfriend!" "I can't believe you slept with him, Lawyer!" "How are you and your husband dealing with the wheelchair thing, Medical Examiner?" It never ends. Mercifully, the Reporter is still devoid of a personal life, but I expect that soon the writers will start in on her and her need for a good man.
Don't get me wrong, men are great. But in a show that seems to be aiming at celebrating professional women who fight crime and make the world a safer place, the writers seem fairly determined to make their lives hinge on their relationships with men and, in the case of Detective, insisting that she needs a man to make her happy. It's a subtle sort of sexism that bothers me deeply.
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