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Public Morals Season 1 Finale Review: Is this the end?

Wait, what? Was that really it? While Public Morals Season 1 Episode 9 was a strong start to the finale event, Public Morals Season 1 Episode 10 left me wondering if my cable had gone out. Between attempting to wrap up Season 1 storylines and set up plots for a potential second season, several subplots were left in the dust. Still, there were satisfying resolutions to offset the number of questions left unanswered. While we may not know what Deirdre is going to do now that she's pregnant, Patton finally took steps to bring Rusty under control, even if it was late in the game. And while we may never know what Jimmy Shea's deal is, at least Christine is going to get her house.   Read More... //

Public Morals Season 1 Episode 8 Review: No Crazies on the Street

The bodies are starting to pile up as the west side war continues. While Muldoon delivered payments to his fellow PMD officers on Public Morals Season 1 Episode 8 , the criminal element was focused on sending more souls to the hereafter. With everyone out to make power plays, the question is: who will be left standing? That and how long before the PMD or really any other unit in the NYPD does something about this conflict. For all the lip service the cops give to hunting down Mr. O's killer, they've been content to let Patton handle the matter internally.   Read More...   //

Public Morals Season 1 Episode 7 Review: Collection Day

Sometimes you have to look to the past to understand the future. Quite a bit of back story was exposed on Public Morals Season 1 Episode 7 , which helped viewers to understand the story even if forward momentum stalled out a bit on this one. We can only hope that the revelations of "Collection Day" result in a payoff down the road. Overall, I found this episode to be a little lackluster. It wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't what I've come to expect after "A Good Shooting" and "A Token of Our Appreciation." There just wasn't anything extraordinary about "Collection Day. At this point in the season, tension should be rising and this just didn't deliver.   Read More...   //

Public Morals Season 1 Episode 6 Review: A Good Shooting

Holy shite! If you weren't thinking that six minutes in, you weren't watching the same show as me. While Bullman was lucky, the shooting on Public Morals Season 1 Episode shook all the members of the PMD and their families, setting off a chain of events that will having a lasting impact. While barely any progress was made on Mr. O's murder (not to mention the five other related homicides), and the overall story saw barely any advancement, "A Good Shooting" is my favorite episode to date. The reason for that is simple: character development.   Read More...   //

Public Morals Season 1 Episode 5 Review: A Token of Our Appreciation

And another one bites the dust. Public Morals Season 1 Episode 5 continued to wrack up the body count in Hells Kitchen. At least Smitty got a chance to enjoy a taste of the good life before he was shuffled off the mortal coil. Between Rusty and Richie, will anybody be left standing by the end of Public Morals Season 1 ? While the mob worked out it's own internal politics, the PMDstruggled with a non-compliant gamester. Latucci'sneed for approval has been complicating the arrangement with Tadesco, and making Latucci look extra suspicious to boot. Further complicating business is Bullman, who is looking to become a pro-bono pimp.    Read More...   //

Public Morals Season 1 Episode 4 Review: Ladies Night

Who doesn't like a night out on the town? I suppose it depends on the company you keep. The Muldoon'sdidn't make the best choice for their dinner partners on Public Morals Season 1 Episode 4 , but some graft-in-trade may have saved the detective in more ways than one. Out on the streets, Jimmy Shea brought down the mood for O'Bannon as he picked up prostitutes. Things heated up in the intra-gang struggle between Richie, Smitty and Rusty. The cops might not have any evidence to investigate Mr. O's murder, but Richie Kane is not bound by such constraints and is more than willing to take matters into his own hands, damn the risks and the consequences.   Read More...   //

Public Morals Season 1 Episode 3 Review: O'Bannon's Wake

Pour yourself a dram of some good Irish whiskey, and let's all give Mr. O a hearty "Slainte!" You don't have to like somebody to enjoy a nice, free stiff drink at their wake, as we saw on Public Morals Season 1 Episode 3 . We were finally introduced to a character who legitimately liked the fallen bookie, adding one more man to the hunt to find his killer.   Read More...   //

Public Morals Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Family is Family

Family is complicated, and never more so than when crime gets involved. The title of Public Morals Season 1 Episode 2 , "Family is Family,"was apt, with both sides of the law reconnecting with family. No man is an island, and the families on either side of the law helped to understand the individuals of those families. Context is everything after all. The Patton clan starts to reveal their side of the story, both in terms of Mr. O's death and of the criminal underworld of 1960's New York. The MPD has a delicately symbiotic relationship with the mob, and things are out of balance with Mr. O's death. An unstable element has been introduced and is disrupting the system that both sides previously found advantageous.   Read More...   //

Book Review: 'Public Morals': EW review

New York City in the 1960s. Sound familiar? But dont expect any Don Drapers here: This is Hells Kitchen, not Madison Avenue. Edward Burns produces, writes, directs, and stars on this nonprocedural period drama about a corrupt but fair-minded cop squad charged with enforcing the citys morality...   Read More... //

Public Morals Season 1 Episode 1 Review: A Fine Line

Mad Men this is not. TNT launched it's second endeavor into period drama with Public Morals Season 1 Episode 1 . Not just another period piece, or even just another crime procedural, the show is a gritty look at one New York neighborhood that is caught in the midst of a gang war. The production team's commitment to the project shines through, giving the audience a nuanced story instead of yet another cookie-cutter whodunnit. The pilot was an attention-grabbing introduction to the world they've created, and it was enriched by the cast.   Read More...   //