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DARK BLUE ''Dead Flowers'' Review Season 2, Episode 9

The ninth episode of season 2 of DARK BLUE,  Dead Flowers started off in a strip club and ended with a diamond ring. The boys are undercover, but when their rat's cover is questioned Carter is put at risk. Under questioning and at the end of a gun barrel the rat confesses to being a rat and adds that Carter is a cop before being shot several times in the chest. Say goodnight Carter  the baddie says, cocking the gun at our leading man's head. Cue Dean and Ty kicking down doors with their guns blazing. Carter returns home to find Number Six in his bed. I mean Alex. He looks pensive. Dean gets himself in with another gang by posing as a gas station clerk. After swiping the Nick's card details and stealing his cash, he finds himself being pummelled by Nick's cronies. Nick is so impressed by Dean's two-facedness he hires him. Meanwhile, Dean and Jamie watch Danny (the brother of Nick) and his wife Melissa fight, shove each other and make out. Rather animalistic and amusing. Jamie then goes undercover at a lingerie shop which Melissa uses as a front for selling Viagra. Melissa is busted by Alex, who busts Jamie along with her to keep her cover intact. With Jamie firmly n Melissa's trust, they decide to go out double dating. To Read More  Click Here .

DARK BLUE ''Dead Flowers'' Review Season 2, Episode 9

The ninth episode of season 2 of DARK BLUE, Dead Flowers started off in a strip club and ended with a diamond ring. The boys are undercover, but when their rat's cover is questioned Carter is put at risk. Under questioning and at the end of a gun barrel the rat confesses to being a rat and adds that Carter is a cop before being shot several times in the chest. Say goodnight Carter  the baddie says, cocking the gun at our leading man's head. Cue Dean and Ty kicking down doors with their guns blazing. Carter returns home to find Number Six in his bed. I mean Alex. He looks pensive. Dean gets himself in with another gang by posing as a gas station clerk. After swiping the Nick's card details and stealing his cash, he finds himself being pummelled by Nick's cronies. Nick is so impressed by Dean's two-facedness he hires him. Meanwhile, Dean and Jamie watch Danny (the brother of Nick) and his wife Melissa fight, shove each other and make out. Rather animalistic and amusing. Jamie then goes undercover at a lingerie shop which Melissa uses as a front for selling Viagra. Melissa is busted by Alex, who busts Jamie along with her to keep her cover intact. With Jamie firmly n Melissa's trust, they decide to go out double dating. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

DARK BLUE ''HOME SWEET HOME'' Review

Episode seven of DARK BLUE entitled ‘Home Sweet Home’ started off with the usual foray into a formulaic yet entertaining undercover case, this time with Ty posing as the newest member of a crew of thieves. He convinces them to rob the wealthy couple Carter and Alex Bailey. Secret cameras installed, police teams ready to raid, Dean on surveillance with his injured leg, it is all turning out to be the usual Dark Blue episode (if a lot cleaner in its storytelling and far less contrived with its plot twists) when suddenly Ty finds himself accused of being an undercover, along with two others on the thief team. Unable to arrest the thieves without ruining Ty’s cover and thereby ensuring his death, Carter and Alex have no choice but to delay. I’ve become quite a fan of this relationship. Alex makes Carter seems less of a sullen Cylon (heh), Carter makes Alex’s role, well, relevant to the show. I was also rather shocked when Alex knifed one of the thieves. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

DARK BLUE ''Jayne Wayne'' Review Season 2, Episode 6

The second season's sixth episode of DARK BLUE, Jayne Wayne  was fraught with drugs, sexism and dullness. Watching it was like watching a glacier race a sprouting oak. It essentially saw Jamie going undercover as a drug addict to arrest a bunch of thieves who pose as DEA agents. The plot, as usual, never met its full potential. TNT describes Ty and Dean's informant as loveable . If you find the pop-up ads on a Youtube video lovable, then yes, I suppose he was. Really, he was just an excuse to get Ty and Dean to do something. I wish the writers would take a page from Matthew Weiner or Vince Gilligan's book: when a character is not needed for a particular episode's plot, then leave them out. I don't need to see Ty and Dean chatting with some boy who sounds like a nerd but talks like some ghetto gang dude. I do not care. Getting into Jamie and Carter's minds and exploring the relationship between the two, now that may have been more interesting. But it turns out, it was not. Their effort to explore sexism, whilst commendable, was utterly contrived. We have Alex who two episodes ago pulled Jamie off a case because she was afraid she would get hurt. Now she has reversed positions and is telling Carter to lay off and let Jamie stay undercover? And halfway into the second season, why is Carter suddenly so concerned for her fragile wellbeing? To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

DARK BLUE ''Brother's Keeper'' Review Season 2, Episode 5

Episode five of DARK BLUE, Brother’s Keeper , followed Carter as he went undercover to capture a high profile extremist called Kyle Eriksson. Initially, Dean tries to get undercover by getting in with a guy who claims to know Eriksson. He turns out to be a wackjob and as he is about to shoot some cops, Dean knocks him out. Then Carter goes undercover in a prisoner transfer with Kyle’s brother. His plot is foiled when a third prisoner is pushed in with them-or so I thought. Dean stages a break out, rendering the driver (Ty) defenceless and taking Eriksson’s little brother and the third prisoner hostage, pretending to be Cater’s brother. When they arrive at Alex’s place Dean looks at Alex and Carter suspiciously as they make out a little too intensely than their cover demands. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

DARK BLUE ''High Rollers'' Review Season 2, Episode 4

High Rollers , episode 4 of the second season of DARK BLUE sees the team investigating a homicide, with everyone hitting the casinos in disguise. Carter and Alex are together. For the first time I thought Alex fit right in with the rest of the team, and I love that she and Carter are together, instead of going down the clichéd ‘will-they, won’t-they’ route. That’s fine on shows like Castle and Chuck where the premise is centered around the protagonists’ relationships, but on Dark Blue it’s great to see the relationship get right out of the way. Plus, Alex and Carter have some chemistry-I won’t be jumping up and down as a Calex shipper or anything, but they’re enjoyable to watch. The team goes undercover at a casino which they suspect will lead them to loan sharks who killed a man heavily in debt. Alex gets close to the floor manager (who displayed a brilliant sense of humor, something lacking on this somber show), Dean forms a relationship with the dead man’s girlfriend, posing as a security guard, Ty and Jamie find their way into a proverb spewing loan shark’s den. Things get tense when the loan shark cuts their first meeting short by cutting off some fellow’s finger. He is the bad guy, in case you did not realize this by now. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

DARK BLUE ''Shelter of the Beast'' Review Season 2, Episode 3

If you are a fan of dark, witty, romantic undercover stories with deep characters, compelling acting and some awesome stunts, then sadly, DARK BLUE's third episode Shelter of the Beast of its second season was not for you. Carter and the gang tries to take down a Mexican drug lord whilst Dean goes undercover and gets involved with a drug dealer's daughter. I'm going to start with the good. Firstly, Tricia Helfer. She plays FBI Agent Alex Rice, Carter's love interest and case leader. I want her character to be killed off because Tricia Helfer is, unfortunately, too good for such a stupid role. I mean, come on! She was Number Six on BSG! She's near the top of a list of Emmy snubs. She is awesome and her role is not. Secondly, Dark Blue has a weird way of hooking me. The first five or ten minutes of almost every episode are usually quite strong. This one was no exception, and I was beginning to think the show had finally stumbled onto some interesting territory where they had a complex and intriguing plot that would affect the characters we care (or should care) about. Unfortunately this hope was dashed when the actual casework began. Specifically, it failed around the hookers. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

"Shot in the Dark" Indeed

I don't know what it is with TNT and season finales, but they really need to step it up. This was a good episode, don't get me wrong. But it wasn't AMAZING, and I was kind of expecting that. Oh well. What worked was the way the truth was concealed until the very end of the episode but nobody made a huge roaring deal out of it. Without calling attention to the fact that no-one knows anything, it's easy to be lulled into the impression that Carter might actually have done the unspeakable. The script for this episode was pretty exceptional - doubletalk, careful balancing of conceal and reveal, touching on multiple storylines without forcing it or detracting from the main plot. But when you get right down to it, I honestly thought the whole thing was a little dull. There was intrigue, there was mystery, but at no point did I get a rush of adrenaline. Even the Surprise! gunshots at the very beginning weren' a shock, because I already knew they were going to happen. The upside to a somewhat less than riveting storyline? I actually noticed the instrumental soundtrack for the first time. It's surprisingly good. The real strengths of this season finale were an excellent guest performance by [Sasha Alexander], formerly of [NCIS], who plays a wonderful scary Fed-type (and who is much more attractive as a redhead), and the sans-Carter team dynamic. Putting Jaimie, Ty, and Dean in a room and forcing them to think and act without the final word of Carter being barked in their ear was actually the most effective thing I've seen so far on this show to really provide insight into their personalities - especially Dean, since he hasn't been the central focus of an episode yet and we actually don't know a damn thing about him other than a few tidbits from Ty or Carter here and there. I don't know if Dark Blue is going to be back for more episodes or not yet, but I'm hoping so. The finale was a bit of a let down, but it is an intriguing and well-structured show, and I'd be disappointed if it was already over. (This review also posted on my blog at //meltedbrain.wordpress.com )

Heavens to "Betsy"

This was, as advertised, the OMG-DELVE-INTO-JAIMIE'S-PAST-AND-EMOTIONAL-BAGGAGE episode. Bring on the angst. The police action definitely took a backseat to character drama this episode. The trailers that have been running all week and half a brain were more than sufficient to piece together most of what happened this episode: Jaimie has to encounter her past for the bust to work. Issues are brought to life. Angry words are exchanged. A revelation takes place at the end. Ta-da. All that would have been a standard character drama episode on its own. But, Dark Blue plays for keeps. So instead of leaving the episode with just a fuller understanding of the emotionally charged past and somewhat overemphasized angst of the sole female character, a lot of things have changed over the course of an episode. First of all, no more Scott. Sure, we don't see the inevitable break-up. But it's going to happen. Of course it is. She said "I love you" and then she lied and everything went to hell. Scott is through. I'm thrilled, personally. On his own, Scott represented a lame side-plot about Jaimie trying to lead a normal life and having issues. Put that together with the believable but manufactured sexual tension between Dean and Jaimie, and what you get is one sorry love triangle that I am happy to be done with. The second major development: Carter and Jaimie are having Issues with capital I. Not shocking, perhaps, but definitely intriguing. And also hilarious considering they had to pull off one of the most awkward embraces of all time while undercover. The best part about this episode was that it gave full attention to the emotional/dramatic angle without falling short on other elements. The smuggling bust was constructed just as neatly as busts from other episodes, less developed though it was. There was a lot of excellent guest work from Channon Roe (Billy), who has more talent than his spotty and one-dimensional resume suggest. And that twist at the end where "Sanchez," the guy they're after from the beginning is actually dead and his right-hand man is the real brains? Brilliant. And if a fantastic undercover plotline AND in-depth Jaimie drama weren't enough, there were also hints of things to come. Ty doesn't want kids? Jaimie thought she was pregnant five years ago? Dean is doing his awkward emotional thing? These are good signs of better things to come. Next week is the finale of Dark Blue, which of course features the long-awaited topic of Carter's Dark And Mysterious Past. Last week I might have scoffed, but with the brilliant handling of this week's episode in mind, Ivam definitely looking forward to see how it goes. (This review also posted on my blog at

Dark Blue Review

TNT is smartly pairing " Dark Blue " -- a new drama about a deep-cover special police unit -- with the return of "Leverage," essentially another post-Cold War variant on "Mission: Impossible." The Jerry Bruckheimer label ensures that the new project will be dark, gritty and handsomely produced, though for the most part the series hews closely to safe procedural terrain -- taking far fewer chances than its life-risking protagonists. "Blue" does offer a few zestier character flourishes toward the end, but the dreary first mission is better executed than conceived. Wearing a three-day beard and perpetual scowl, Dylan McDermott stars as Carter Shaw, a driven cop still brooding over personal loss. His elite team includes the recently married Ty (Omari Hardwick), the brash Dean (Logan Marshall-Green) and the fresh-faced Jaimie (Nicki Aycox). It's the kind of world where the good guys occasionally have to do (or at least ignore) very bad things so they can maintain their cover and thus utter lines like "No one has ever been this close" to a nefarious crook. In the premiere, said criminal's evil is immediately established by an opening sequence in which a hostage is tortured, if nothing else suggesting that this might be Dick Cheney's favorite program. Directed by " CSI " alum Danny Cannon and written by Doug Jung (with the two sharing story credit), the show exhibits little interest in exploring any new ground -- a meat-and-potatoes approach that has characterized most of TNT's development; rather, the cable net's formula generally relies on playing to an audience that doesn't mind soaking in shows that could just as easily be found on a 1970s or '80s primetime roster. To Read More Click Here . Watch Dark Blue Pilot Episode Online Now