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Farewell to Brenda,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Closer - Die komplette siebte Staffel [5 DVDs] (DVD)
Kyra Sedgwick goes out with a big twanging bang in the seventh and final season of The Closer. And did you expect anything less? The Closer has consistently been one of TV's smartest police procedurals, with an ensemble cast of top-notch characters. But of course it's anchored by Sedgwick's LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, who's equal parts neurotic, charming, and laser-focused as a detective. Sedgwick's Johnson is likable, yet exasperating; admirable, yet sometimes slightly ridiculous; responsible, yet occasionally flaky. It's a delight to see a character so well written and well acted in such a mainstream TV series. In the final season, the storylines are compelling and fresh, and sometimes disturbing. One story arc this season involves an especially bloody mass slaying at a ritzy mansion where hip-hop stars are known to hang. As always, the supporting cast adds credibility and richness--and the camaraderie among the Major Crimes unit is utterly believable. Standouts include G.W. Bailey as crusty Lt. Provenza; Michael Paul Chan as the dependable Lt. Tao; J.K. Simmons as Assistant Chief Will Pope; and smooth talker Tony Denison as Lt. Flynn. Johnson's family is also a delight. Her endlessly patient husband, FBI agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney), plays off Johnson's frazzled workaholism. And as her parents, Frances Sternhagen and Barry Corbin appear only rarely, but always memorably
For you crime drama buffs this is a season not to miss! Not buying or seeing this season would be like leaving your car window open in a rain storm. Here are the main reasons why;
1. We find out who the leak was in Brenda's team. You will be amazed to find out who it was and who it wasn't.
2. We see the stunning final chapter of Brenda's plight to catch her archenemisis, attorney (and presumed rapist and murderer) Phillip Stroh. The only case Brenda could not close.
3. How the writers found a sensical way for Brenda to leave the show without killing her. (Well done)And while praising the series, you cannot forget the writers who have had a wonderful run with The Closer.
The two part episode where Brenda, Fritz, Flynn and Provenza travel from Atlanta to LA in her parents RV with an armed robber in custody is funny, poignant and finally forces Brenda to tell her Mom what she really does day in and day out as the Deputy Chief of one of the largest police forces in the country. Well-written and superbly acted, the closing minutes of this episode bring tears to the eyes of all but the most jaded.
For those that remember that first season watching and rooting for Brenda. Wanting to see Brenda prove herself to the other characters that she was the real deal. Watching Brenda gain the trust and confidence of her team, the Brenda way was great. One by one they all began to accept her and we saw the begings of a exceptional show, with good writing and great chemistry. With each season the episodes just got better (but just don't take my word, see for yourself).