After being cancelled by NBC, SOUTHLAND found new life and a second season on a new channel, TNT. When I heard the news, I was very excited to see this fantastic drama back on the air and couldn't wait to see the new episodes come back. Thankfully, I had an opportunity to watch the first two episode of the season, "Phase Three" and "Butch & Sundance" so I wanted to share some thoughts on it.
In the second season of Southland, you will be happy to know that the show has not lost its edge. The grittiness and realism are still ever present. The storylines vary between chilling with the case of an entire family getting butchered and amusing with Sammy's wife getting kicked out of a Sam's Club type store. This back and forth provide a wickedly satisfying blend of humor and tension that keep you glued to the screen.
The characters are also getting more established. Ben (Ben McKenzie) is coming into his own as police officer, while still struggling with his suspicion of his partner John (Michael Cudlitz)'s drug addiction. Their dynamic is slightly shifting as John is starting to treat Ben more like a partner rather than a rookie.
Chickie (Arija Bareikis), following her incident with her former alcoholic partner, is treated like a pariah by her colleagues and is saddled with the most inept of partners who actually manages to put her in danger once more. There also seems to be a spark between her and Ben that might be explored later on this season.
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