Monday, October 06, 2008

Lilly Takes On Dangerous Minds

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.


Anonymous said...

I think if Lilly wasn't shot, things would have been much better. Glad that at least the storylines are better, and Lilly's not a zombie anymore( walking around all depressed like last season).

Cold Case might stand a big chance to improve this year; given that there's more older cases and humor; that in fact might save the show.

However it's still my favorite show, being that I'm not really into TV all that much. The plot still is there and isn't falling off track. The writers all improving.


TVFan said...

I completely agree about the resurgence of the Lilly character. I am very encouraged by her new found lease on life and all-around happier demeanor. Hopefully, the show will capitalize on it. Her interrogation at the end was very positive for the direction of the character.

RichE said...

The basic story was a little corny, perhaps that's why they didn't over play that side of things.

Otherwise, it was a great episode, the way CC should be. Lots of Lilly, but not at the exclusion of the others. Only Kat and John were used little.

As far as Lilly getting shot goes, it probably would have been better if they'd not had the writers strike disrupt things so much.


Naj said...

I've come to expect so much less these days compared to what we got from the show's heyday Season 1and season 2. I'm definitely enjoying the hilarious interactions between the detectives and finally Lilly looks better on the eyes compared to season 4 & 5. I'm excited, too, about the upcoming episode Oct. 12. Two neat ideas being used with two of the CC actors. (hope that's not too much of a spoiler)

Anonymous said...

I agree with everything that you said, including that it was an improvement from last week's with the humor and the action. I really like the little side stories that give CC personality while remaining focused on the case. This episode definitely gives me hope for this season, hope that was lost from watching last week's and most of last season's.
I'm loving Jennifer Johnson right now because she making CC the CC I know and love!