THE CLOSER “Unknown Trouble” Review

THE CLOSER "Unknown Trouble" Season 7 Episode 1 – When a rapper and his entourage are gunned down in his mansion, the Major Case Division think that it could be the result of gang violence. Meanwhile the force and specifically Johnson come under attack as they’re sued by the mother of a criminal Johnson gave immunity to, who, after driving him home a year before, was then gunned down. The most of the man believes that Johnson wilfully drove him home, knowing he was in danger, knowing he would likely be killed. Also, the department, due to budget cuts, is facing a reshuffle and Pope is heading out to traffic division.

Personally, I think The Closer is one of the best police procedural on television. It does very little new with the genre but it does it well and with a certain amount of flair. The directing on the show ranges from stylised slo-mo shots to realistic handheld camera action to the exciting bust near the episode’s end. Particularly in this episode, the silent opening provided much of the information needed about the case, and doesn’t seem as bent on exposition dumping. This episode spent most of its time in one location: the police headquarters. I’m not sure if that was to save money-maybe that music video was expensive to make, and I loved the fact that the people behind The Closer actually wrote and produced a rap song for this episode-it’s a thousand times more effective to see and hear the song than to be told "he’s a breakout rap star". Read More...


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