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A thing I like to watch

Posted January 13 into Telly by John Birmingham

Bosch. I like to watch Bosch on Amazon. There, I said it. It feels a bit like a confession because I’m not a fan of police procedurals. There’ve been a few cop shows over the years that have pulled me in, but usually because they were as much about cultural investigation, as they were about crime. The Wire, of course. And Homicide (Life on the Streets).

But Amazon’s adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best selling cop novels, while deepening the colours of its narrative palate with some consideration of LA’s racial politics, remains at heart a procedural.

Titus Welliver’s Harry Bosch is the sort of detective for whom the word ‘dogged’ seems inadequate.

“Cops, they grind, that’s what they do,” says one villain, a Spec Ops captain gone bad. “It’s kind of admirable in a way.”

“Get off your ass and knock on doors,” says the handwritten note on Harry’s cubicle in the Hollywood Homicide bull pen where he works.

The bullpen, like a lot of cop shows, is where the detectives let their human sides show. We do visit with them in their private lives, especially Bosch whose wife, a disgraced FBI agent turned professional gambler, turned FBI informant, thickens up some of the earlier season plots as well as powering the emotional engine that drive’s Harry personal choices. But the B-Story cops also get their characters built out in subplots and exchanges that rise well above table stakes for this the golden era of premium TV.

Welliver was a surprise to me as Bosch. I’d always imagined Connelly’s detective would be played by a younger Clint Eastwood, perhaps because his name is Harry (as in Callaghan).

But Welliver really owns this role. His performance is what you come back for week after week, or ep after ep, since the whole season drops at once.

I just finished the fifth season and I’m thinking of going back to S1 while I wait for the next one.

Like a chump.

12 Responses to ‘A thing I like to watch’

Murphy_of_Missouri asserts...

Posted January 13
That actor is good in everything he does.

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insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted January 13
We've just started watching so having binged S1 we now have four more fresh seasons to watch.
TW is good but there really is some bad acting going on, eg Irvin Irving. Thankfully the series is good enough to be able to gloss over shit like that.

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she_jedi swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 13
Ooh I'll have to check this out. I'm currently powering through season 4 of the Expanse, and then I have to finish The Man in the High Castle, because its final season dropped just before Christmas. Have you seen that one JB? It's AMAZING. And it has real Nazis in it!

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 13
It's another Thing I Like To Watch, although I'm still only in the first season. Damn this golden age of television.

she_jedi ducks in to say...

Posted January 14
The current Golden Age of Television is a curse and a joy all at once. The first season was incredible, and somehow the subsequent seasons have managed to be even better each time. I'd love a post sharing your thoughts on it when you're done with all four seasons :)

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted January 14
Its not like whenever I fire up Amazon Prime I'm not greeted by my ever-expanding to_watch list that you have to add to it. Even just on Amazon there are dozens - along with Man in the High Castle, The Expanse (obviously), The Tick two seasons, The Boys... Too Many Shows.

she_jedi has opinions thus...

Posted January 14
The Boys was fantastic!

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insomniac asserts...

Posted January 14
Have peeps been watching Goliath with Billy Bob? S1 was great, S2 was ok, and stick with S3 as it gets a little weird but everything gets tied up by the end.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 14
Nope. Saw it flash past and missed it.

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tqft has opinions thus...

Posted January 14
Warning the following list is extensive, all basically new stuff too
I managed to watch Spyfall 1 & 2 on the weekend, but am way behind on The Expanse
This list is overwhelming (and just 2020 new stuff)
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/01/io9s-essential-guide-to-2020s-sci-fi-fantasy-and-superhero-tv/

Note: ST:Picard Jan 24 Amazon Australia

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon ducks in to say...

Posted January 20
Gah, i hate these threads. It's always about the tv streaming service i don't have at the time. I need to enact my strategy of two paid services for a year then swap. But that then means i can't talk about it with anyone else because i'm either ahead or behind. I also run the risk of the service i just left picking up the show i want to watch on the new one and missing it altogether.

I was glad i caught Ash vs Evil Dead at the time.

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Bangar has opinions thus...

Posted February 6
Thanks for the recommend, maybe lead with Jeri Ryan S2 for the complete sell. I'll suggest Backstrom though it's a Fox show one season only

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