It pains me to say this, but... I'm just not as excited about Cold Case as I used to be. Sunday nights used to be my favorite night for television because my CC detectives were coming on, but now, it's just another night of TV. Last week's premiere did little to overturn this new-found ambivalence toward a show that I used to adore, but this week's Dangerous Minds-themed outing definitely pulled me in and had me more enthused. Maybe I'm just a sucker for these fish- out- of- water- teacher- goes- into- inner- city- school- and- makes- a- difference stories because they play on the best of humanity and the ideal that everyone deserves a second chance. Perhaps, I enjoyed the back and forth between the CC squad. Or, maybe I'm just really lovin' the way Lil rocks the ponytail. I don't know. Something has put a little bounce back into the Cold Case step. Of course, the show has a long way to go before it once again finagles its way back into my inner circle of shows, but I still love Lil and the gang enough to hold it near and dear. This case was one of those where you keep hoping that the writers had a last-minute change of heart and decided not to kill Laura. Notsomuch, I'm afraid. I was kinda glad that it wasn't Renaldo in the end.
I mentioned above that I'm enjoying this new camaraderie between the CC detectives. New executive producer Jennifer Johnson promised in Entertainment Weekly that we would get more practical jokes this season, and I'm liking it. I'm also liking the increase in badass police action this season. That little scheme with Lilly and Scotty and the car door was great! And maybe it's just my uncharacteristic rose-colored glasses this week, but it felt like there was more Lilly involvement with this case. Of course, it didn't hurt that she had the kickass interrogation at the end with the addict teacher/doer. This was Classic Lilly! My only fear is that these adjustments are too little, too late for my excitement meter, but I hold out hope that the CC gang can light it up once again. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, CC moves to 2-0 on the season. Screencaps courtesy RichE at Look Again.