Southland (2009–2013)
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Phase Three 

Ben Sherman is about to complete Phase 2 of his rookie year. During Phase 3, he will be allowed to patrol solo. Detective Adams and Officer Brown are assigned new partners. Rene Cordero, ... See full summary »

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... Detective Nate Moretta
... Officer Chickie Brown
... Officer John Cooper
... Detective Sammy Bryant
... Detective Lydia Adams
... Detective Daniel Salinger
... Officer Ben Sherman
... Detective Russell Clarke
... Detective Rene Cordero
... Detective Gil Puente
... Trinney Day
... Police Chief
... Marta Pena (as Lydia Blanco)
... Detective Alicia Fernandez
... Mrs. Noyce
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Ben Sherman is about to complete Phase 2 of his rookie year. During Phase 3, he will be allowed to patrol solo. Detective Adams and Officer Brown are assigned new partners. Rene Cordero, Adams's new partner, is obsessed with receiving glory and press coverage. Their first case involves the search for an elderly man who left his home accompanied by an unknown black man. Brown's new partner, "Slug" Ferguson, quickly demonstrates how he earned that nickname when he starts a riot during a traffic stop. Meanwhile, Detectives Moretta and Bryant investigate a "Sonora shootout" involving a young Mexican man shot dead while driving an unregistered Bentley. Written by Anonymous

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Droopy: Hey, check it out, dawg. I got a new tattoo. You always liked this shit.
Detective Nate Moretta: It's good. Mama tried.
Detective Sammy Bryant: You know the song?
Droopy: What song?
Detective Nate Moretta: Como que, what song? Merle Haggard, vato.
Droopy: Merle who?
Detective Nate Moretta: Mama tried.
Droopy: Can you sing it?
Detective Sammy Bryant: Can he sing it?
Detective Nate Moretta: Check this out. I turned 21 in prison Doing life without parole No one could steer me right, but Mama tried Mama tried, Mama tried.
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Solid writing, for the most part
18 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

"Southland" opens its second season with a renewed confidence (mostly in the camera-work) but there's still aftermath from that Summer cliffhanger. Clarke survived the shooting, only to be making a slow recovery and his LAPD future in doubt.

But it's mostly fallout from the Dewey meltdown last season. Chickie's still on the job while her partner's out in Palm Springs rehab, but she's also on the receiving end of the department's ire for turning him in. Last I checked, she wasn't the one who took a joyride and rolled a patrol car in the L.A. river. I get that you don't turn on your own, but Dewey gets a pass on the whole thing - especially with that level of misconduct. This might be a nitpick, but that's always bothered me. She's clearly a capable officer and can be a strong female presence. Just don't saddle her with inept partners (as is the case in this episode). It's wasted potential.

I don't mean to go off on a rant. Aside from that, this is a great opener that finds several of the show's characters dealing with repercussions. It offers hope for a more focused season.

8/10


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