Well, 7 great episodes anyway; apparently dropped by NBC with TNT possibly set to air the rest. But this is a better way to watch, fully uncensored so you can appreciate the true grittiness of some of the on the job dialogue.
What really impressed me was the shot on location cinematography and camera work. Much like FX’s late but sometimes way over the top The Shield – it takes you right there! From the sublime and super chic Bel Air neighborhoods to the worst of Los Angeles, you’ll get into the world of this impressively cast group of police officers and detectives. You’ll learn the nuances of their levels on the job and get a tentative look at what life can be like off the job.
I expect a little more character development is right around the corner but the last episode in this set certainly didn’t lack for drama. The African American female in the cast playing Lydia Adams is excellent (reminds me a bit of the Shield’s CCH Pounder) as is the rookie Ben Sherman (shades of the great cop with a veiled past a la Rick Shroeder’s character in NYPD Blue). Everybody seems real although no Latinos on the squad is a bit surprising.
In short – very good, multi-dimensional police drama with solid acting in a well-written series. Cinema verite, LA police style! Looking forward to the rest of season one or season two – whatever it may be called.