Monday, September 13, 2010

"The Closer" season finale recap: "Executive Order"

Spoilers on the summer finale of "The Closer" below. Don't click through if you don't want to know.

I'm not going to spend a ton of time analyzing the finale of "The Closer," mainly because I feel this isn't really a show that lends itself to intense scrutiny. Like most TNT series (the new "Men of a Certain Age" excluded), "The Closer" isn't a particularly deep show, but one that fills a certain niche (the tough lady cop genre) in a more than satisfactory way.
Yet I really liked this season of "The Closer." I liked the idea of Brenda grudgingly going for a promotion, despite her uncertainty over whether she really wants the job. I liked her going back and forth on the pros (money, power, prestige, increased emotional distance from her cases) and the cons (ceding control of her squad to someone else, having most of her actions governed by politics) of the job. And, I like that, when she ultimately didn't get the job, she's both disappointed and relieved. Of course, the irony is that the very action that likely cost her the job -- shooting the narcissistic would be terrorist who was about to kill Brenda, her squad and untold others with nerve gas -- epitomizes why Brenda probably would have made a good chief. She's capable of making tough decisions quickly, and she puts the needs of the many above her own ambitions.
I also liked that final scene, of her sharing her junk food stash with Fritz, Will, and her squad as they watch the announcement about the new chief. It shows that, despite her possible disappointment about not getting the promotion, Brenda really is more at home with major crimes. Let's just hope the new chief doesn't shut it down.
What did everyone else think?

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