It should be noted that I have since moved to just updating the original review, this post was originally broken into seasons. I have tried to update further seasons below the intro. Starting with newest and working back.
OVERALL: A really good cop drama. Color me surprised.
An L.A.P.D. homicide detective works to solve the murder of a thirteen-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court for the murder of a serial killer.
BREAKDOWN BY SEASON
Worth it? Yes
The show surprised me again, it just got better.
Now don’t get me wrong, if you aren’t interested in a trope-y cop noire series, then you still don’t want to watch this. My complaints in the past though have been addressed in a few ways.
It isn’t just about Bosch anymore. He is still the main star, he will always be the main star, however we get to learn more about his partner, about the other cops and about Irving.
The plot isn’t just about his mother. Oh, it is about his mother, but there are so many other plots, relationships, and encounters that you don’t feel quite so overwhelmed by it. To be fair though, I really dislike his ex-wife’s plot involving working for the FBI. I could do without her completely, and definitely without it.
The show is very serialized, meaning the episodes bleed into each other. I know what happened in the season, but I would be hard pressed to point at the specific episode it happened in. The show is good at the long form of writing, but I am spoiled with most of my shows and sometimes wish there would be that “oh shit” episode.
Pros: The writing is getting better.
Cons: Repeat of season 2: Dear god can we stop with the murdered mother storyline?
I hear they are writing season 4. I am definitely in on it.
Worth it? Yes
It surprisingly got better.
If y0u are wanting big changes, you won’t find it here. If you want the acting and stories to get better and deeper then you do have it. Instead of a single individual, Bosch is investigating another case, lots of groups and a couple of relationships that intertwine those stories.
This time a pornographer, bad cops, the Armenian mob and an ex-wife that can’t stop getting in trouble add up to 10 episodes of a good police drama. I can’t say enough that I appreciate that the whole “thin blue line” thing isn’t necessarily a positive.
I also like how they have started wrapping the third season into the end of the second season. Although while I like his background, the murder of his mother was the impetus for Season 1, and evidently it will be the storyline for Season 3 and seriously could we stop with the murdered mother trope.
Pros: The story is better this season, the acting is still good.
Cons: Dear god can we stop with the murdered mother storyline?
Yes, I will watch season 3 now.
Worth it? Yes
Better than most police shows.
I will have to admit I was a little disappointed with the show. I had heard it was a great story, groundbreaking even. I wouldn’t say it was that good, and because of the hype I probably didn’t like it as much as I might have.
Titus Welliver though is a good actor, and he is what does propel the story. He did keep me interested during the slower parts of the story.
There is also a little bit of difference from the normal police procedural. Unlike shows like “Blue Blood” who are families of cops, and have no idea what it is like to not be a cop (because the writers are so far up the “blue line” ass they don’t know reality), this shows cops that are not up for being in the job and that Bosch himself will do the right thing. He doesn’t really pull the “think blue line” too much, and I did appreciate that.
Pros: Good acting overall, some interesting bits in the story.
Cons: Way overhyped. This was what made the negative issues that much larger.
It was good enough I will watch season 2.