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More drama than laughter in this season finale
Tweekums1 October 2013
Warning: Spoilers
UCOS usually investigate unsolved cold cases; it is there remit after; all but this episode sees them re-investigating a case that was apparently solved by one of the Met's most successful detectives. Several years previously a leasing oncologist was murdered and gangster Edward Monroe, whose daughter he had failed to cure, had been convicted of his murder. As the investigation begins it becomes apparent that the actual evidence against Monroe is the fact that some of his blood was found on the dead man; something he explained as having got there in an argument earlier in the evening. Then further suspects arise; a jilted lover, a jealous wife and a senior doctor who claims to have been overlooked for a CBE while the victim, his junior, received one. As more doubts arise Sasha is left conflicted; she is certain that Monroe was involved in the murder of her partner so doesn't want him released from prison but at the same time doesn't want to be involved in a cover-up. Meanwhile Steve gets a visit from his estranged son; he wants to get back in touch but the investigation is up against the clock and Steve needs to get back to work.

This series is usually an enjoyably blend of drama and laughs but here the concentration is definitely on the drama. As the case developed some fairly disturbing facts emerge about the dead man and ultimately a character one can't help but sympathise with is arrested for his murder. Thankfully this drama was handled well and I was gripped throughout. Tamzin Outhwaite is settling in nicely as UCOS's new boss; I wouldn't be surprised if the series continues with her in the roll for some time. The rest of the regulars put in the expected good performances and Ralph Brown was suitably malevolent as Monroe. This was a fine conclusion to the tenth series; I look forward to the eleventh!
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Truth versus justice
TheLittleSongbird12 March 2018
Have always been a big fan of detective/mystery shows from a fairly young age, well since starting secondary school.

'Inspector Morse', 'A Touch of Frost', 'Midsomer Murders' (in its prime), 'Law and Order', 'Inspector George Gently', 'Criminal Minds', 'Murder She Wrote', you name them to name a few. 'New Tricks' has also been a favourite from the start (despite not being the same without the original cast in recent years). Although it can be corny at times (in an endearing sort of way) it has always been perfect for helping me relax in the evenings. Something that was needed during all the hard times endured in school.

'New Tricks' was past its best by now, with integral characters no longer with us, but was certainly not an unwatchable period. For me, "Wild Justice" is one of the better episodes of this period and a solid way to finish Season 10.

While it is charming, witty and likeable, the chemistry between the leads was stronger in 'New Tricks' prime era (Seasons 1-9 when characters that made the show (especially Brian, which the show wasn't the same without when he left) were still there. Prime-era 'New Tricks' also had more spark and freshness.

Sasha however is more settled in and more confident as a leader, and Tamzin Outhwaite does a very good job again. The ending is not as soapy either, although a very sombre one, so that's already two improvements over the previous episode "Roots".

Case itself is very compelling, with some nice twists and turns, not all surprising but many are, tied up satisfyingly and cleverly.

Visually, "Wild Justice" is slick and stylish as ever. The music is a good fit and the theme song (sung with gusto by none other by Dennis Waterman himself) is one of the catchiest for any detective/mystery show and of any show in the past fifteen years or so.

Writing is intelligent, thought-provoking and classy, with a nice mix of the comedic and the serious.

Cannot fault any of the performances (the leads are very good and Ralph Brown is suitably creepy), and while the chemistry is less than perfect it just about works enough all things considered.

In conclusion, solid. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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Wrapping up season 10
Parker Lewis3 November 2017
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One feature of many of the episodes in the later seasons is that Dennis Wateman's It's Alright doesn't play over the end credits, and this episode was no exception due to the sad ending and truth vs. justice. Sasha wanted to avenge the murder of one of her police colleagues.

Sasha has gained confidence as UCOS head, and Tamzin Outhwaite is impressive. Sasha is living solo following her husband Ned being caught having an affair at the end of the previous episode. Also Steve meets his estranged son, who himself is estranged from his mother.
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