Continuity. It's not that Cold Case is usually lacking it per se, but the show doesn't normally present us with story lines that require it. It's more of a close-ended kinda show. Each week, cases are wrapped up and personal stuff is put on the back burner in favor of the case stuff. But, something tells me that this season might be a little different. First, we had a CC rarety: "Previously on Cold Case..." and that little recap had nothing to do with this week's case. It was purely personal, as in, personal for Lilly. And that was a clear indicator for the episode that followed. Moe Kitchener is back (the one who tried to kill Lil by forcing her car off that bridge in last season's finale), and his initial hearing put him right back out on the street and set his trial for May. Looks like this is going to be a season-long arc for Lil. And judging by her stalking behavior at the end, things are going to get interesting. We've never seen Lil's dark side and I'm intrigued. I hope the show really delves into it throughout the season.
The case was interesting. As usual, I enjoyed the trip through time to 1966. It's always fun to see the sets, film effects, costumes and way of life. I liked Darcy, and I was intrigue by the mystery surrounding her death, but I had a couple of issues with the story. First, I thought Grace made a bad doer. I normally give this show the benefit of the doubt and just assume heat of the moment and all, but this time, I just had too difficult of a time buying this one. It felt forced. It felt like the show was falling into that trap of making the killer be the least likely person. It didn't feel natural. Second, I found it hard to believe that no one came across Darcy's body after her friend left it right there in the open in the engine room. Someone had to come upon it, right? I know the ship was decomissioned after that voyage, but they had to do a quick once over before they put it permanently into port.
So, this was kind of a mixed bag for me. Great continuity and personal developments, but just a mediocre case because of the resolution. I think we're off to a good start, though, so let's start off with a win. CC kicks off the season 1-0. Screencap courtesy of RichE.