For the amount they promoted the crossover with Cold Case, it didn’t live up to the hype. It was more like a random character came on for one episode. I would imagine that a cold case has to be worked differently, but we didn’t even really get to see that either.
So, Stella’s DNA accidentally gets entered into CODIS. No one get’s in trouble (at least on screen). This does not make sense. On Miami, when Valera entered a rape victim’s info into CODIS, she got suspended pending review of all her case work. I guess you could argue that Mac was more concerned about Stella right then, but it still doesn’t make sense.
Stella and Valens did not get along, throughout the entire episode. Both are snarky towards each other. However, we do see in this episode that Stella has a need to be in control.
Yeah, Stella shouldn’t have been allowed to work the case. Conflict of interest. But Danny had very similar conflict, and shouldn’t have been allowed to work the case. I don’t think Valens wanted to let Stella work the case either. I just think he knew that unless Stella cooperated, he’d get nothing, and she wasn’t going to cooperate unless he allowed her to help.
And how old is Marilyn? Could they not have cast an older looking actress? We’re supposed to believe that she was Stella’s foster mother. Although, I bet she is going to have to answer to charges of her own. She got money from the government under false pretenses. At the very least she will have to pay it all back.
It’s faster to paint over a crime scene than to wash it down? I don’t buy it.
We know that Victoria/Erin/Mindy is not going to be there when Stella returns tomorrow. And Stella does too, I think. She probably won’t get into any trouble, even though this probably broke both written and unwritten rules. Not just because of the usual lack of continuity, but also because there is no evidence Stella told anyone she was going.
There were also some glaring discontinuities. In “Til Death do We Part,” Stella says that she “lived in St. Basil’s Orphanage as long as I could remember, until I was 18.” This would go against her being in a foster home. The other discontinuity deserves its own paragraph.
First, the discontinuity. In this episode, we learn that Stella graduated from the police academy ten years ago (1997), but in S1, she mentions working narcotics in 1994. It’d be kind of hard to work as an officer if you hadn’t been through the academy yet. Also, I don’t think ten years on the force would be consistent with Stella being a first grade detective. (In S1, Danny was coming up on his 5th year, and this is when he would have been eligible for his first promotion.) But this also brings me to another question: how old is Stella? Now she could have been a bit older when she went to the academy, and in fact, in the picture at her graduation, she looks to be mid to late 20s. And I don’t buy for a second that Stella is anything under 35. Melina does not look that young.
I did like how they initially thought the clothes were a victim’s, but they turned out to be from the murderer hiding the evidence.
Finally the casting for a young version of one of the characters was not bad. However, I think it may be more because they never really showed her full face.
In the other case, a guy, with angel wings on his back, crashes into a church through the stained glass roof. I would argue that it wasn’t just misdirected ambition, but stupidity that caused Toby to die.
I liked how they didn’t dumb everyone down as much in this episode. For example, Lindsay clearly knew about trig, even though she didn’t do it: Hawkes didn’t explain it to her. (Yeah, it’s probably that they decided they didn’t want to try to explain it to the viewers, but it was still refreshing.)
I didn’t like the music they played during the autopsy. I really doubt that they would have been able to use the helicopter in the real world.
The beginning dialogue with the two boys bothered me in one regard: wouldn’t all the churches that use wine in call it the Eucharist, not Communion? (I may have some misunderstanding about the terminology, and you are welcome to correct me if you know something different.)
I like how they aren’t really portraying Gerard and Sinclair to be the bad guys. Gerard didn’t have go out of his way to tell Mac that the PD was opening an investigation. They have apparently let them stay on active duty when they should have taken his badge and gun. They stuck up for him in front of the media.
And how does Mac pay them back? He lays into Gerard, trying to tell him he’s forgotten what it’s like. I couldn’t believe it when Mac asked, almost demanded, that they drop the internal investigation. I can’t help but think that Mac would have applauded their decision if it wasn’t him. I’d like to think that the PD would have some sort of rule against disrespect to superiors as well… Mac will not even allow himself to think that he may have messed up. This hurts him, not helps him, as a leader.
In fact, their calmness sets up an interesting foil to Mac’s conceitedness, and what I’m going to argue is self-righteousness. Mac has done a complete 180 since S1. So one question is: what is different now than then? iluvroadroaner6 has made the observation that Mac has problems authority, that somewhat parallel Danny’s problems in S1. I’d like to expand a bit on this. I think that perhaps Mac requires someone to “watch out” for to keep himself out of trouble. And Mac hasn’t had that this season. Danny hasn’t been messing up, and hasn’t really even needed a mentor as much. Hawkes never really needed one as much: he went to Stella for advice, and he doesn’t crave the approval as much anyway. Lindsay, as we have seen, has found that mentor in Stella.
I’d like to know what Mac thought would happen. A suspect fell, cuffed, off a roof, and he was the only one up there with him. Does he not think about what that looks like? Just because the DA isn’t going forward doesn’t mean there is no evidence: the burden in a criminal case is large.
I have a feeling Mac is going to get taken down a peg or two next week. Not just for the Dobson issue, this has been setup all season.
Now was it really necessary to show a flashback to the ENTIRE scene on the roof from last week. It’s not as if TPTB needed to fill time. We had no evidence processing montages- and the photo developing doesn’t count, since they were talking while doing it. In fact, I think if they had allowed that half a minute for something else, it would have been better. They could have just shown Mac putting away his gun, then the fight. I had some problems with the fight. Mainly, Mac was a Marine. He would know holds to keep Dobson under control.
We don’t necessarily know if this is how it played out. In the promo for next week, we see a flashback with Mac pushing Dobson off the roof. However, I doubt TPTB will go with that type of storyline.
It is nice that they are showing that not even the head is immune to making mistakes, even when everyone else does, like Miami. (Yes, I’m talking to you St. H!) If done correctly, it will be interesting to see how this will affect team dynamics; even if the rest are overtly supportive, there will be doubts about Mac.
Particularly with Flack. I kind of get the feeling that Flack thinks Mac did something on the roof, given how their talk on the roof. And as Sinclair said, only Mac and Dobson know exactly what happened up there.