Must say, I really loved this episode. By far the best of the three aired to date.
First of all, we finally have the opening we know and love..."In the criminal justice system....words only, we are still missing the theme music. Hopefully they will add that, along with the walk of the cast members.
The first half was riveting. So was the second have with Alfred Molina. I love him as the ADA. I had hoped that we would see him butt heads with Peter Coyote's DA, but not this week.
I confess to a bit of bitterness over all the class warfar whinging we are hearing from the right side of the socio-political spectrum. This one hit the spot. Molina was both riviting and humbling. He made me want to jump up and cheer as much as Jack McCoy ever did.
How are you liking Winters? I'm torn between loving how ethical he is and worrying that the whole boyscout thing is going to get on my nerves. As long as TJ is around to balance things out, I'm good. TJ is full of win, no?
Trisha, I'm getting used to Winters. Even though he does seem to have a stick up his butt. Yes indeed - his partnership with T.J (aka pornstache) is full of win. As long as they keep Rex's wife (the retired Detective)and her backstory out of the plots.
There seemed to be some hope for Winters in that scene where he yelled at the woman who set up the heists to look at him. The line seemed like something Balcer would write.
I'm giving Terrence Howard another chance. If he acts like he's going to burst into tears again, I'm skipping his half of the show.
Last Edit: Oct 17, 2010 20:02:49 GMT -5 by DonnaJo
I agree this was the best episode so far. The beginning reminded me of classic LOCI, it took quite a while, with a lot of red herrings before we finally found out it was done by a bunch of punk-ass kids. I guess beach access must be a hot issue in Cali. I really am liking Pornstache and Molina. Pornstache doesn't take himself too seriously and he knows how to have a good time. The other guy needs to lighten up though, I agree about that stick up the ass. That can get old real quick. Molina seems to be an interesting character I do hope that he doesn't became too self-righteous like Jack McCoy.
Beach access is a big deal in some communities, especially communities with multi-million dollar homes such as Palos Verdes Estates and Malibu. Home owners feel entitled to a private beach. It is interesting that in the episode and in some real life cases, the violence from the rich kids was directed at upper middle-class kids from neighboring communities.
Here is an article about the violence between surfers:
The infamous Palos Verdes surf spots have been in the spotlight many times over issues of "localism". The most notorious surf spot for localism in Palos Verdes is Lunada Bay, which can hold any winter swell and has been known to rival Sunset Beach, Hawaii on a big day. Localism in Palos Verdes reached a turning point in 2001 when a civil rights lawsuit was filed after a particularly violent confrontation with Hermosa Beach surfers.  Surveillance cameras were placed in the surfing area but were later removed. I liked the production quality of this episode. I know they actually filmed in Palos Verdes. The only error I found was in the scene when they go to pick up the dead man's associate to his girlfriend's house. The place and time stamp show the city of Hermosa Beach, when it is obvious that they filmed in San Pedro (the background shows the machinery at the port), the port of Los Angeles. Hermosa Beach is an affluent community, a house like the one was shown would not be in Hermosa Beach.
Last Edit: Oct 24, 2010 1:50:32 GMT -5 by arwenelf